Cranberry bread on a cooling rack with a powdered sugar glazed drizzled over them.
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Best Cranberry Bread Recipe

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This is hands down the Best Cranberry Bread Recipe ever! It is so moist and flavorful and so easy to make. It is topped with an amazing glaze and is my favorite quick bread recipe to make for the holidays.

Close up of the best cranberry bread with 2 pieces sliced of ready to eat.

One of the main reasons I think this is the best cranberry bread recipe. Is that it is so versatile by making it into small or large loafs and even into muffins. One of my favorite traditions with this bread is to make it as a neighbor gift. My little boys even like to help me make this because it is so easy to make.

A few of my other favorite dessert recipes for the holidays are Easy Mixed Berry Pie and Best Pumpkin Roll Recipe. These are so yummy and are perfect for any Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering.

Cranberry Bread Ingredients

  • Margarine- Is perfect for baking dessert breads because it has a softer texture.
  • Eggs- Are used to bind everything together.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda- Soda helps the bread rise while powder increases the volume and lightens the texture.
  • Salt- Actually enhances the sweetness of this bread.
  • Almond Extract- For added flavor.
  • Granulated Sugar- To add flavor and to sweeten.
  • All-Purpose Flour- Is used for the base of this bread because it is sturdy. We are going to add lots of other ingredients so we need a sturdy flour.
  • Sour Cream- Will help add moisture, it also help the baking soda do its job.
  • Cranberries- I prefer to use canned cranberries because they have the perfect moisture content and flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar- Is need to add the perfect texture and sweetness to the glaze.
All ingredients needed to make cranberry bread.

How To Make The Best Cranberry Bread Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour (3) mini loaf pans and set aside.
  • With a Kitchen-aid mixer or hand mixer cream softened margarine, eggs, and granulated sugar together until fully incorporated.
  • Add baking powder, salt, baking soda, flour, and 1 tsp of almond extract to softened butter. Mix together until well combined. Then, add sour cream and fold in until fully incorporated.
  • Scoop the batter into the loaf pans filling them ⅓ of the way full.
  • Layer the cranberries on top of the batter saving ½ of the can.
  • Add the remaining batter over the cranberries, leaving room for another layer of cranberries. (Don’t forget that the batter will rise in the pan)
  • Layer the rest of the can of cranberries over the batter.
  • Bake for 40-45 mins. Before removing the bread from the oven use a toothpick to make sure the bread is baked in the middle. Poke the center of the loaf with a toothpick, if it comes out clean it is fully baked. If it comes out dirty bake it longer.
  • Let the bread cool for 5 mins. then remove it from the pans and glaze.
Close up of sliced cranberry bread on a white plate.

How To Store It

  • Serve – At my house this tasty dessert bread does not last long. But if it makes it longer than a day. Wrap the bread in plastic wrap and keep at room temperature in a cool, dry place for up to 2-3 days
  • Refrigerate – If you need to store the bread for more than 2-3 days. Wrap the bread in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Remove bread and let it come back up to room temperature before serving.
  • Freeze – If you are going to make a large batch of this bread to have for later. Let the bread cool to room temperature then wrap in plastic wrap. Then add another layer of aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. When ready to use let the loaf thaw out at room temperature. It will keep in the fridge for 3-4 months.

Cranberry Bread Tips

  • To make this a large loaf in a 8 x 4 baking pan. Increase the baking time to 50-60 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • To ensure that your bread bakes evenly. Halfway through the baking process loosely cover the top of the loaf with foil. This will allow the center and sides to bake evenly and prevent the top from being burnt.
Cranberry bread on a cooling rack with a powdered sugar glazed drizzled over them.

Cranberry Bread

Shanna
This is hands down the Best Cranberry Bread Recipe ever! It is so moist and flavorful and so easy to make. It is topped with an amazing glaze and is my favorite quick bread recipe to make for the holidays.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 Slices
Calories 213 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup margarine (softened)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 15 oz. can whole cranberries

Glaze

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour (3) mini loaf pans and set aside.
  • With a Kitchen-aid mixer or hand mixer cream softened margarine, eggs, and granulated sugar together until fully incorporated.
  • Add baking powder, salt, baking soda, flour, and 1 tsp of almond extract to softened butter. Mix together until well combined. Then, add sour cream and fold in until fully incorporated.
  • Scoop the batter into the loaf pans filling them ⅓ of the way full.
  • Layer the cranberries on top of the batter saving ½ of the can.
  • Add the remaining batter over the cranberries, leaving room for another layer of cranberries. (Don't forget that the batter will rise in the pan)
  • Layer the rest of the can of cranberries over the batter.
  • Bake for 40-45 mins. Before removing the bread from the oven use a toothpick to make sure the bread is baked in the middle. Poke the center of the loaf with a toothpick, if it comes out clean it is fully baked. If it comes out dirty bake it longer.
  • Let the bread cool for 5 mins. then remove it from the pans and glaze.

Glaze

  • In a medium mixing bowl add powdered sugar, 1 tsp of almond extract, and hot water. Mix together until there are no lumps.
  • Pour over bread and enjoy!

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 2.6gFat: 8.4gSaturated Fat: 2.7gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 183mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 21.5gVitamin D: 2µgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    In love. Super festive and the glaze makes it even better!

  2. 5 stars
    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this.

  3. 5 stars
    I love the combination of almond extract and cranberries. This is a great bead recipe!

  4. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    5 stars
    The absolute best bread for the festive season! Looks and sounds so delicious – I bet everyone would be fighting over it in my house!

  5. Jacque Hastert

    5 stars
    I am going to be dreaming about this cranberry bread! That glaze sounds like it would be addicting and hard to not eat before topping the bread with it.

  6. Healing Tomato

    5 stars
    I love anything cranberry, so, this is definitely going in my recipe book. This bread is perfect for my Thanksgiving table.

  7. Andrea Metlika

    5 stars
    This is a perfect seasonal treat. Could eat this for breakfast or a snack.

  8. Jessica Formicola

    5 stars
    I love anything with cranberries! This bread looks incredible and I can’t wait to try it!

  9. 5 stars
    I love this easy version of cranberry bread. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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