Dried Cranberry Recipes

Dried cranberries are flavorful and one of my favorite options for snacking or additions to baking. Their combination of tartness and sweetness are the perfect pair. I always have some around! 

From adding them to trail mix to using them in some of my favorite recipes, they’re also amazingly versatile. 

If you’ve never played around with dried cranberries, here are 13 of my favorite recipes to get you started.

And if you need a good bulk source to buy from, this is where I get mine:

The Best Dried Cranberry Recipes

I love dried cranberries for their perfect combination of sweet and tart, but also for their incredible versatility. Seriously, they make just about anything better! I think this epic list of my favorite dried cranberry recipes will prove that. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Should dried cranberries be soaked before baking?

Although it’s not required, it’s a good idea to soak them before cooking. Dried fruit can lose more moisture over time so soaking them in hot water will plump them slightly before you add them to recipes. 

If you’re tired of soaking them in plain water, you can make them more interesting by soaking them in bourbon, rum, or even a fruit juice. This will be a good flavor additive.

Even if you don’t have dried fruit that’s overly dry, then it’s still nice to plump them before adding them to dishes that aren’t cooked. If you plan to cook with them, soaking the cranberries first will keep them plump and also prevent the fruit from absorbing extra liquid from the recipe. 

Can you substitute dried cranberries for fresh in recipes?

Yes, dried fruit can almost always be substituted for the fresh fruit. Sweetened dried cranberries can be used in place of fresh ones although there is a 1/4 cup difference in measurement. If the recipe calls for a cup of fresh or frozen berries, substitute 3/4 of a cup of sweetened dried cranberries instead. 

Are dried cranberries healthy?

Yes, as long as you eat them in moderation. With most of the moisture taken out, their nutrients – and sugar – are concentrated. I go into more detail about that in this post on the benefits of dried cranberries.

Can you make your own dried cranberries?

Yes! That’s one of the reasons I love my dehydrator. It makes everything so easy. I have a complete tutorial you can read here – How to Dry Cranberries.

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