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Easy Cranberry Recipes for Thanksgiving

Here is a long list of cranberry recipes for Thanksgiving you can follow to make cranberry drinks, side dishes, appetizers, desserts and more.

Easy Cranberry Recipes

Looking for the best cranberry recipes for Thanksgiving this year??!! We have a ton of them to choose from! There’s nothing that says Christmas time more than a sparkling cranberry drink with some sweet and tart homemade cranberry sauce aside your warm turkey. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. (affiliate links present)

Cranberry Thanksgiving Recipes

Whether you’re creating the ultimate holiday menu with turkey or our roast duck recipe this year, you need to pair it with something cranberry. Let us help you find a few new dishes to try.

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Our list of cranberry recipes are broken down into categories so you can find just what you need for your cranberry Thanksgiving feast this year. Here we go!

I will tell you what is a MUST…making your own homemade Instant Pot cranberry sauce this year! It is such an easy recipe, it makes no sense to make it.

Cranberry Recipes for Thanksgiving

Add a bit more citrus and create our cranberry sauce recipe with orange juice instead, or in addition to “plain”. I will start with cranberry drink recipes that can be made into mocktail style for the kids or cranberry cocktails to serve during your event.

Cranberry recipes for Thanksgiving

Cranberries are not only tasty but sprinkled around a table or strung and hung on the tree or on top of a table they are a great (cheap) holiday decoration too! They don’t have to be cooked either though, you can add them raw into your batter like our banana cranberry bread and let them get tender in the oven.

Cranberry Drinks

Cranberry moscow mule mocktail or cocktail is so yummy. Add whole berries, sugar orange zest, and/or a cinnamon stick in it for added presentation.

cranberry moscow mule mocktail

Recipes with Fresh Cranberries

This time of year you can find these at the grocery store in the produce department. They are rather cheap and actually make a pretty garnish as well as flavors in a number of different dishes. From drinks to side dishes to a sauce that is great as is or poured on top of your meat.

Sparkling cranberry sangria cocktail or mocktail you can see here. Not only is it tasty but it’s pretty too.

sparkling cranberry sangria

Cranberry Brunch Recipes

And we will keep going. Throughout the year I tend to try out something new and will continue adding to this list too so bookmark it!!

We love these Cranberry Sauce Meatballs you can see here. Baked or in a pressure cooker they’re a great choice.

instant pot dr pepper barbecue meatballs 5

Cranberry Appetizers

If we are talking sweets for this holiday I can’t leave out our turkey leg treats. Those don’t have fruit in them but always a hit with kids.

If you’re having a brunch you could make a number of breads with them dried. Our pumpkin cranberry bread is a great one.

cranberry pumpkin bread

Cranberry Sauce recipes

Like I mentioned above, if you only try one new thing this year off this list you have got to make your own cranberry sauce, it is nothing like the canned version and you’ll never buy that again after making your own.

Most cranberry sauce recipes only call for 3-5 ingredients and you can make it as tart or sweet as you want, as runny or as thick as you want and it’s great as a stand alone side dish if you ask me.

Then with your leftover cranberry sauce you can make our Leftover cranberry apple cobbler which is a family favorite…and I ensure I use all that is left after a day or two.

instant pot cranberry sauce 3

Cranberry Side Dish

Great side dish for everyone is Cranberry Apple Chutney. If you’ve never heard of this, try it!


Cranberry Desserts

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Cranberry Recipes for Thanksgiving

Easy cranberry recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter time are here. From homemade sauce, to a cobbler, desserts and more.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberries, cranberry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings 10
Calories 110kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Add your apple juice and fresh cranberries into your pot. Drizzle your maple syrup on top and put your cinnamon stick in the middle. Close your lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 1 minute.
  • Allow to naturally release for 3 minutes. Release rest of steam and lift lid. Turn pot off and then set to saute. Sprinkle in your last 4 oz. of fresh cranberries and cup of sugar, stir.
  • Allow to bubble for about 1-2 minutes, stirring until a few of the fresh cranberries begin to pop. When you hear 3-4 pop open turn your Instant Pot off and allow it to continue to bubble and thicken your cranberry sauce as it cools down and sits.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Recipes for Thanksgiving
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Saturated Fat 0.01g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.02g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 0.2g0%
Vitamin A 22IU0%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Barbara Schieving

Thursday 21st of November 2019

So many great ideas! Thanks for including mine.

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