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Homemade for the Holidays: Cranberry Bread

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Welcome to another great day of Homemade for the Holidays! Yesterday, I shared Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, an easy but impressive gift.

This Cranberry Bread recipe comes from my Grandmother. Unfortunately I don’t remember her baking it, although I do remember my Mom baking it for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.

Giving a gift from your kitchen is not only thoughtful, but also frugal. And making a pretty package out of it is even more special.

You will need…

  • Small loaves of Cranberry or your favorite bread
  • Plastic wrap and tape
  • Coffee filters
  • Scrapbook paper (glass to draw a circle and scissors)
  • Ribbon

Bake your bread and let cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and secure with tape. Cut a circle from scrapbook paper, place bread in coffee filters and tape the circle to the top and tie with a ribbon. You could also tuck a recipe card in with the bread.

Cranberry Bread Recipe

Cranberry Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 large loaf or 4 small loaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

My grandmother's recipe for Cranberry Bread. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com


  • 2 c. Flour
  • 1 c. Sugar
  • 1/2 t. Salt
  • 1/2 t. Soda
  • 1 1/2 t. Baking Powder
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 c. Orange Juice
  • 2 T. Butter, softened
  • 2 t. Hot Water
  • 1/2 c. Nuts, chopped finely
  • 1 1/2 c. Cranberries, chopped finely (fresh or frozen **see Note)


  1. Sift and set aside: flour, sugar, salt, soda and baking powder.
  2. In large bowl, slightly beat egg, add juice and butter, mix.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Chop cranberries and nuts in food processor.
  5. Add water, nuts and cranberries to the mixture with a spatula. As with all quick breads, don’t overmix, just combine ingredients.
  6. Spray small loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 min for small and 60 min for large. Or until a toothpick comes out clean.


  1. If you find cranberries on sale, you can freeze them whole then use them for the bread later. When you are ready to use them, just chop them while frozen, it's better to have a little moisture from the frozen berries. It's kind of loud, but works just fine.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

Do you have a special bread you like to bake for the holidays?

Happy Baking!!

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  1. Your recipe was a hit with my team at work and family and neighbors! WOW!

    Thanks for sharing,


  2. Made this bread last week and oh. my. goodness! It was so good. I was honestly skeptical as it was cranberries and I am not a huge fan of the blatant tartness of them but it was so delicious! I think the orange juice was a perfect compliment to it and I loved the subtle hint of flavor it brought out. I froze lots of cranberries and will definitely make some more of this bread on the weekends (when I am not on my diet!)


    1. I’m thrilled that you liked it! Now I’m hungry for Cranberry Bread ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for letting me know! Have a great holiday!

  3. jamie haas says:

    I want to thank you for this great recipe. I made it within a couple.of days of it being posted. I gave my husband’s boss and daughter’s teacher each a loaf with their gifts. It has been a huge hit!!!

    1. I’m so glad you liked the Cranberry Bread. Thanks for letting me know!
      Merry Christmas!

  4. oh my goodness, thanks SO for the recipe- i canNOT wait to try it!! ๐Ÿ˜€ we love cranberries in our home and I have a feeling some people might find this as their Christmas present ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I made this yesterday, and it was delicious! The entire loaf disappeared so quickly. I will definitely be putting this recipe in my file. Thanks to your grandmother and you for sharing it.

    1. I’m so glad you like it!! Thanks for letting me know.
      Merry Christmas!

  6. That’s so much for the recipes. I love baking different thing for presents. This recipe sounds really good – can’t wait to try it.

  7. Blog is the New Black says:

    This looks wonderful!

  8. Perfect! I just bought some on sale because my 19 month old just discovered them and liked them but now she’s playing coy so I have a TON! I’m going to just freeze them like you recommended and then make this bread. I’ve never had it before so I’m kinda scared but it looks good!

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