Dried cranberries are the perfect combination of tart and sweet. They add delicious flavor and texture to baked goods and salads. If you have some dried cranberries in your pantry and are looking for ways to use them up, take a look at this collection of the Best Dried Cranberry Recipes.
Like raisins, dried cranberries can easily be incorporated into savory and sweet dishes. You’ll surely make them again and again. If you are cooking with fresh cranberries, check out our Best Fresh Cranberry Recipes.
Health Benefits of Dried Cranberries
Dried cranberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that are beneficial for your body. They can reduce the risk of heart disease, and serve as the best preventive natural source of urinary tract infection.
Tips for Cooking with Dried Cranberries
- If you plan to add cranberries to the baked goods, we recommend soaking them first before baking, as this will keep them plum and moist. It will also prevent the dried cranberries from absorbing excess liquid from other ingredients.
- Note that dried cranberries are sweetened because they are low in sugar and high in acidity. You can add them to salads or oatmeal for some extra sweet flavor.
Best Dried Cranberry Recipes
Homemade dried cranberries are a great idea, especially if you’re looking to reduce your sugar intake. You’ll only need 4 ingredients, and when you’re done you can use the dried cranberries in your favorite recipes.
Start your morning with these flavorful cranberry orange muffins! They’re ready to enjoy in about 45 minutes, and are the perfect grab and go snack.
Enjoy these sweet scones on a quiet Sunday morning with a cup of hot tea! They’re easy to make and you can replace the cranberries with raisins, or use a combination of the two.
These cookies are a delicious combination of sweet and tart! The cranberries add texture, and the chocolate chips are sweet and creamy.
Every bite of this moist bread is full of orange and cranberry flavors. Both fresh or dried cranberries work in this recipe, and the glaze adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
If you’re a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies, you’ll love these oatmeal cranberry cookies too! They’re chewy, soft, and the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
You’ll need just a handful of ingredients to make these dried cranberry and shortbread cookies. Make a batch for this year’s holiday cookie exchange!
Serve this moist and tender cranberry coffee cake at your next weekend brunch. It isn’t overly sweet, and the streusel topping is crunchy and delicious!
How to Dry Cranberries
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and remove it from the heat.
- Add the fresh cranberries and soak for about 10 minutes.
- Drain the water once the cranberries have popped. Transfer them to a large bowl.
- Add sugar and oil and coat the cranberries evenly.
- Spread out the cranberries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven at 225 F degrees for about 3-4 hours until the cranberries are dry.
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Easy Dried Cranberry Salad
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 apple sliced
- 2 cups mixed greens
- 3 oz crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces toasted
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Toss the greens, apple slices, cranberries, cheese and walnuts together in a large bowl.
- Mix the vinegar, honey, mustard and pepper with a wire whisk until well blended.
- Gradually add the oil, whisking constantly until well blended.
- Pour over the salad and toss to coat.
- Serve immediately.