Dried cranberries can be used in so many recipes. From drinks to desserts, dried cranberries add nutrition, flavor and color to any recipe. Check out these easy dried cranberries recipes

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What can you make with dried cranberries?

Turns out, there are a gazillion recipes that use cranberries and each one is just as delicious as the other.

This collection includes recipes from me and my fellow dried cranberries enthusiasts.

Which one is your favorite?

A collage of 4 images that have dried cranberries in them.

Tips for working with dried cranberries

  • Always keep them refrigerated. They will loose their texture, melt and clump up if left at room temperature or hotter.
  • Keep dried cranberries in a sealed container or package. If you keep them in their original packaging, make sure that seal grip is closed
  • I like to transfer the dried cranberries in a mason jar and put them in the door of the refrigerator
  • I use up my dried cranberries within 2-3 months of opening them. In the past, I have found that they tend to become rubbery over time.
  • Did you know that you can rehydrate (AKA reconstitute) dried cranberries by simply soaking them in warm water for about 20 minutes? Rehydrated cranberries would be perfect in a pie filling recipe or a cranberry sauce recipe.

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front view cranberries in an aluminium cup

Common questions

A simple thing as dried cranberries can have so many questions, right? Every time I look at a dried cranberry, a million questions jump to mind.

Here are a few questions I can answer about them. If you have more questions, feel free to contact me or comment below. I will do my best to find answers for you.

Are dried cranberries vegan?

I t depends on the brand. Most brands use white sugar when dehydrating cranberries which may or may not be cut with animal bones. Look for brands that use organic cane sugar or sweetened with organic apple juice.
Here are some brands that use vegan sugar
Thrive Market
Food To Live’s Dried Cranberries
Eden Foods’ Organic Dried Cranberries
Patience Fruit & Co whole dried cranberries
Organic Traditions’ Organic Dried Cranberries

Can dried cranberries be frozen?

Dried cranberries can be frozen, but, only if you are using them in a cooking recipe. For example, freeze them if you are baking cranberry bread or if you are putting them in a soup recipe.
Don’t freeze dried cranberries if you plan to use them in cold salad recipes or as toppings.
top view of dried cranberries on a brown and white polka dot paper

How to make dried cranberries?

Dried cranberries are made by heating them in the oven or boiling them stove top. Massachusetts Cranberries has a wonderful recipe on how to make them. Live Strong uses a dehydrator and no sweeteners in their method

What nutrients are in dried cranberries?

From what I have read, these are some of the best things about cranberries
– Packed with antioxidants
– Help with digestion
– Prevent gum disease
– Good for Kidneys
Source: Well + Good and Live Strong.

Have you checked out my guide on vegan diet?

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closeup view of dried cranberries in an aluminium cup

Recipes using dried cranberries

Dried cranberries should be enjoyed all year round. They have so much nutrition in them and they taste so good.

Here are some of my favorite dried cranberries recipes from my blog and from those of my fellow food bloggers. I broke them down to different categories to make it easier for you.

Visit the recipes, make them and be sure to leave a comment on those recipes saying how much you enjoyed them.

Salad Recipes

Topping them in salads is the easiest way to include them in your diet. Put it in almost any salad recipe and see how it instantly changes the salad for the better

Sweet kale salad

Front View of a White Plate With Kale, Cranberries, Dried Apples, Walnuts, Red Onions, Carrots, Sunflower Seeds, Sliced Almonds, Feta and Orange Zest. Background has a large Brown Salad Bowl That is Delibrately Blurred. Contains Kale Salad With Thin Black Plastic Tongs.

Want to make kale taste better? Add dried cranberries to it and you will fall in love with kale.

This is a copy cat recipe from Whole Foods. They used to have (and may still have?) this sweet kale salad which was beyond delicious. I make it all year round and it never gets old.

Navy bean salad

Front view of a white bowl filled with navy beans, tomatoes, parsley and cranberry

This is one colorful salad, wouldn’t you agree? I made it 3 years ago and it steals the show whenever I serve it.

The beauty of this salad is not just in its presentation. It is also in it’s simplicity. This recipe is all about just mixing ingredients without having to cook anything.

It will be your hassle free meal for Thanksgiving.

Vegan Stuffing with Sausage

landscape and closeup view of the stuffing on a white serving dish

The cranberry adds a delicious sweetness to this tangy vegan stuffing recipe! I love how dried cranberries can completely alter the flavor of any recipe.

You won’t regret making this vegan stuffing recipe.

Vegan chicken cranberry salad

Angle view of a greyish-white bowl filled with vegan chicken salad - SpaBettie

No, there is no chicken in this salad. Instead, it has all delicious vegan ingredients that make a colorful and healthy salad recipe.

See how those cranberries make the chickn’ nuggets pop? I am drooling just looking at this recipe.

Spinach apple salad

Top view of spinach salad in a white bowl - Erhardtseat - dried cranberries

Just like in kale salads, cranberries make spinach taste so good! This salad by Erhardts Eats is made with more ingredients like apples and onions.

P/s: have you checked out my spinach salad recipe?

She uses feta cheese in this recipe which gives it such a delicious salty flavor. Can you just imagine how good the feta and cranberries taste together. You can make a vegan version of feta cheese, if you prefer a vegan salad.

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Snack recipes

Why not go beyond just the simple trail mix? Dried cranberries can be put into some very creative snack recipes.

These bloggers prove that they know how to harness the power of dried cranberries for a delicious snacks.

Trail mix bites

Front view of 4 small trail mix bites by soup additct - dried cranberries

You have never had trail mix like these bites! Soup Addict ground up delicious ingredients of trail mix and made bites out of them!

Very creative, right? Plus, you don’t need to turn on your oven for these bites. They are the perfect no-bake snacks

Triple ginger and cranberry biscotti

front view of a single biscotti on top of a coffee mug by Soup Addict

How much better would your coffee taste if you ate it with this biscotti? There is something very special about baking biscotti at home.

This is a great way to start the day or perfect for afternoon tea. I love this homemade biscotti recipe by Baking Sense. She knows how to work cranberries into it!

I bet these scones will taste great with a tall glass of caramel macchiato, right?

Sweet tajin popcorn

Front view of an old-fashioned popcorn cup filled with sweet tajin popcorn - dried cranberries

Until I saw this recipe by Beyond Measure Sustenance, I had no idea what Tajin spice existed. She makes her own recipe and you better believe that I will be making her recipe!

These popcorn is like nothing I have ever tasted. It looks so delicious! She describes the taste as “sweet, spicy, savory and tart!” That sounds like the best tasting popcorn.

I am definitely pinning this recipe to my “Popcorn Recipes that will make your grandma gasp” pinterest board.

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Main dishes

Kale curried red lentils

Overhead view of kale curried red lentils in a white plate

Kale with curry flavors and dried cranberries! This is a delicious side dish that is ready in under 30 min.

This is a recipe made in one pan and it has lentils. There is a lot of protein in this recipe, so, vegans can rejoice!

Stuffed acorn squash

Top view of 2 stuffed acorn squash on a round grey serving tray with apple slices, rosemary sprigs and dried cranberries for garnish

Freshly roasted acorn squash and stuffed with wild rice. Finally, I topped it with dried cranberries for that cheerful red color!

This recipe is quickly becoming a family favorite because it’s so delicious and hearty. The acorn squash adds so much density to the recipe and stuffs you immediately.

Christmas salad

Top view of a black pan filled with christmas rice - dried cranberries

Red and green are the staples of Christmas. The Greedy Gourmet used those colors in her Christmas rice which looks absolutely divine!

I wish I could put my spoon into pan and scoop out a huge spoonful of that rice. I would love to devour the whole pan in one sitting!

Rice pilaf with brussels sprouts

Top view of a grey bowl with Brussels sprouts pilaf over orange and white cloths

Brussels sprouts and dried cranberries work so well together. They taste like heaven, especially when blended with wild rice.

This meals is a family favorite and I like it because it’s super easy to make. It can light up any Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table.

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Side dish recipes

Stuffed persimmons with lentils

Savory Stuffed Persimmons on a white plate with spinach leaves

This stuffed persimmon recipe is a sweet and tangy recipe. The tang is provided by the capers and the sweetness comes from the dried cranberries.

This is a hearty side dish that you can serve for Thanksgiving or as a light lunch. Whenever persimmons are in season, I find myself yearning for this recipe.

Brussels sprouts with potatoes

Top view of a pan filled with brussels sprouts and potatoes in a casserole dish with a napkin on the side

Just like me, The Little Sunny Kitchen discovered that brussels sprouts and dried cranberries taste delicious when paired together.

She took this recipe a step further by adding baby potatoes to the mix! Her recipe couldn’t get any better than that!

P/S: I have a collection of baby potato recipes which are to die for!

Broccoli slaw

Angle view of a grey bowl with broccoli and apple slaw

Who said coleslaw is just for summer picnics? Joyous Apron has made a delicious fall coleslaw that is perfect for your Thanksgiving table!

I plan to use vegan mayo to make the dressing for this coleslaw. Together with apples and broccoli, this is going to be a delicious bowl of slaw!

Pumpkin salad

Dining With Alice has shown me that pumpkin salad is the perfect side dish mainly because she oven roasted the pumpkins to perfection!

They have a caramelized texture which I love! It makes pumpkins taste so much better!

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Dessert recipes

Air fryer snowball cookies

Front view of snowball cookies in the shape of a pyramid. There are dried cranberries to put in between the cookies.
The air fryer is the best way to bake these snowball cookies

Let’s enjoy the delicious flavors of snowball cookies! You know you love them and you could easily eat a whole batch of them!

These snowball cookies are made in the air fryer, so, that makes life so much easier.

Baking snowball cookies is never been so much fun!

Cinnamon rolls with apples

top view of apple slices rolled into a rose shape and garnished with dried cranberries and pistachios

You have never had cinnamon rolls quite like these before. I shaped them in the form of a rose and topped them with dried cranberries and pistachios.

This is a fun recipe to make for mother’s day or for an eclectic brunch recipe.

White chocolate cranberry fudge

Front view of 2 squares of white chocolate fudge stacked on top of each other - dried cranberries

Fudge is the universal dessert recipe that no one can resist! If you are one of those people who can resist fudge, you are seriously missing out on the best dessert!

Dancing Through The Rain made this fudge recipe in less than 10 min. Its as easy as throwing all the ingredients into a pan and letting it cool.

Cranberry oatmeal cookies

front view of a dozen oatmeal cranberry cookies lined up in a square glass containter.

In my younger days, I used to love oatmeal cookies! In those days, I could easily eat a dozen of the cookies and not break a sweat!

These cookies by Beyond The Chicken Coop remind me of the good old days. They even make me want to eat the whole dozen!

How about you? Can you eat a dozen (or a baker’s dozen?) of these cookies?

Pumpkin apple harvest muffins

Front view of muffins in a white and black bowl with granny apple on the side - dried cranberries

Usually, I am not a muffin fan which is why you haven’t seen them on my blog (yet!). However, I think I will make an exception for these pumpkin muffins by The Rising Spoon!

Her muffins look perfectly baked and they look so moist! These muffins should be made all year round!

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Why I “had to” create this collection

Do you have amazing friends who send you a dozen boxes of dried cranberries as part of a gag gift? If you don’t have such helpful friends, I will gladly give them to you!

For FREE!!! ????

Here is the lesson I learned: Don’t bellyache to my “friends-with-a-very-strange-sense-of-humor” about not having enough dried cranberries for a recipe!!

Back in 2016, I did just that! I whined and moaned to them about not having a cup of dried cranberries. Next thing I know, a very nice UPS delivery man was knocking on my door with 3 huge brown boxes!

So, this post is an ode to

  • An abundance of dried cranberries currently occupying my entire pantry
  • An ode to delivery drivers everywhere

And most important of all:

  • An ode to crazy, stupid, amazing, good friends!!

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Version 1 of this collection

A dried cranberry recipe doesn't have to be for a Thanksgiving feast. Dried Cranberries are versatile & can be put into any recipe. 10 Lunch and Dinner meal

This dried cranberries recipes collection was originally published on July 29, 2016 at 1:32am. See original post by clicking here

From time to time, I will go through old recipes to update the content. Sometimes, I update just the images and sometimes, I give the recipe a complete makeover

This dried cranberries post had only 10 recipes and they were all delicious. But, dried cranberries are in so many recipes, so, I thought it was time to update the post.

This post is easier to read because I put the recipes in categories. It will be easier to find the recipe you want and you can easily jump around in the post.

So, let me know what you think of this post and send me some of your favorite dried cranberry recipes. I just might include them in this post (with your permission)

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  1. What a glorious collection of dried cranberries recipes! I use them so often – sweet and savory – and this gives me a whole lot of new ways to use them! Thank you for including my Sweet Tajín Popcorn!