Thanksgiving Cranberry Dessert Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Thanksgiving cranberry dessert recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Cranberry Crumble Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 7
These cranberry-orange bars freeze well. Make a batch on a free afternoon and pop them in the freezer so you'll always have a healthy dessert on hand when company calls.

Apple Crisp with Cranberries

Rating: 5 stars 1
Sticking to its food-waste mission, L.A. Kitchen created this dessert to work with almost any fruit you have on hand. We've done it here with pears and apples, but you can use berries or even tropical fruits instead. The addition of dried fruit adds a concentrated hit of flavor you won't get from fresh alone.

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Pumpkin puree and applesauce provide tenderness and moisture to this pumpkin Bundt cake, eliminating the need for butter or oil.
By Laura Kanya

Pumpkin Cake with Dried Cranberries

Rating: 2 stars 1
This pretty pumpkin-cranberry Bundt cake is a delicious alternative to holiday pumpkin pie.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Cranberry Buttermilk Pie

Rating: 5 stars 1
This custard filling is what takes this buttermilk pie recipe to the next level. It tastes like a panna cotta with a bit of attitude from the tang of the buttermilk and a generous sprinkling of cranberries on top.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Cranberry Coconut Trifle

Rating: 4 stars 10
No other dessert turns heads like a trifle. Festive in every way, this trifle recipe glows from within with scarlet layers of juicy cranberries. The filling is made from an astounding 6 cups of antioxidant-packed cranberries! We made the custard “skinny” with a combination of low-fat milk and light coconut milk. From-scratch brown-butter sponge cake, made with whole-wheat pastry flour, stands in for store-bought ladyfingers.
By Katie Webster

Buttermilk Cranberry Pie with Gingersnap Crust

This buttermilk pie is a stunner—and perfect for the holidays—with its creamy, golden custard marbled with a crimson cranberry swirl.
By Virginia Willis

Pavlovas with Cranberry-Ginger Sauce

This healthy, gluten-free dessert has everything--crisp-on-the-outside, gooey-inside meringue base, whipped cream, tart cranberry sauce and toasted nuts. Plus, you can make everything ahead of time, then simply assemble and serve.
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