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12 Ways to Use a Bag of Cranberries

Cranberries are in season – piled up high in the produce section of most grocery stores in anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas. But while those tart, ruby beauties are most often simmered into sauce, they are wonderful in everything from muffins to preserves. With tons of flavour, few calories, and loads of vitamin C, they are perfect for incorporating into your every day diet. If you’re looking for inspiration for those bags of fresh or frozen cranberries that are so inexpensive at this time of year, here are a dozen delicious ideas, from mulled drinks to pancakes. (By the way, a bag of fresh berries can be tossed straight into the freezer if you want to store them longer.)

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  • Bakery-Style Cranberry Streusel Muffins 1 of 12
    Bakery-Style Cranberry Streusel Muffins
    Bake them into muffins - and make breakfast more festive by swapping blueberries for cranberries - the crumble topping resembles a light dusting of snow!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Cranberry Pancakes 2 of 12
    Cranberry Pancakes
    Turn them into breakfast. Cranberries make a delicious addition to pancakes - or turn leftover sauce into a deliciously sweet-tangy topping.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Cranberry Apple Pie 3 of 12
    Cranberry Apple Pie
    Bake a pie. Cranberries kick plain apple pie up a notch, adding intense bursts of tangy flavour.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Cranberry-Pear Crisp 4 of 12
    Cranberry-Pear Crisp
    Turn it into a warming crumble or crisp - add a handful to your favourite recipe (they go particularly well with apples and pears) or try this simple festive pear-cranberry crisp instead of your usual pie.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake 5 of 12
    Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake
    Bake a cake. Slip fresh or frozen berries into this orange scented pound cake for a perfect nibble with coffee. Makes a great gift, too!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Mulled Cranberry Cocktail 6 of 12
    Mulled Cranberry Cocktail
    Sip them. A mulled cranberry cocktail is a delicious alternative to your usual spiced cider - and great for a party, especially when garnished with fresh cranberries!
    Martha Stewart has the recipe!
  • Cranberry-Fig Crumble Squares 7 of 12
    Cranberry-Fig Crumble Squares
    Turn them into squares! These tasty treats are reminiscent of those old-fashioned date squares - only the filling is made with tangy cranberries and sweet-chewy figs!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Pumpkin-Cranberry Pecan Bundt Cake 8 of 12
    Pumpkin-Cranberry Pecan Bundt Cake
    Moist pumpkin cake! Cranberry compote! Pecan topping! Warm vanilla cream syrup! Oh-em-gee.
    Cheeky Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Elizabeth’s Cranberry-Orange Loaf 9 of 12
    Elizabeth's Cranberry-Orange Loaf
    Make a warm loaf. A classic flavour pairing, cranberries and orange make a tasty loaf, perfect for breakfast and after-school snacks, or wrap it up for holiday gift-giving.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Cranberry-Avocado Salsa 10 of 12
    Cranberry-Avocado Salsa
    Turn them into a brilliant - and festive-looking - salsa with creamy avocado. They complement each other completely!
    Sophistimom has the recipe!
  • Cranberry Eton Mess 11 of 12
    Cranberry Eton Mess
    Make dessert. One of my all-time favourites, Eton mess is a jumble of crushed meringues, fruit and cream. Tangy, intensely flavoured cranberries make a perfect pairing with sweet, crunchy meringues and whipped cream.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Orange-Cranberry Olive Oil Muffins 12 of 12
    Orange-Cranberry Olive Oil Muffins
    Pack them in the lunchbox. Cranberries and orange go swell together, particularly in these muffins, which are made with heart-healthy olive oil.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

Find more of Julie’s recipes and ideas at her blog, Dinner with Julie. You can also join her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, or find more of her posts at the Family Kitchen.

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