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When it comes to fresh cranberries, there are only a handful of recipes that I make regularly using them. Like most people, I start to think about cooking with fresh cranberries when they come available at the grocery store during the months of autumn and in to December. As they are a very Christmas-y ingredient, I love to make homemade cranberry sauce, a spiced Christmas jam and cranberry orange scones during the holiday season. I haven’t shared any of my recipes for those treats here on the blog just yet, but I have every intention of correcting this oversight very soon!

However, this delicious Cranberry Christmas Cobbler is a brand new addition to my short list of favorite recipes using fresh cranberries, and I wasn’t about to waste any time sharing about it! Nope, not wasting any time at all because, y’all I honestly think this easy dessert is absolutely rave worthy.

A glass baking dish with one serving of cobbler is shown. The deep red fruit filling is pooled up in the open space and the golden brown cake topping is seen from the top. A single serving of cobbler is in a glass bowl that is on a small white plate. There is a red and white striped tea towl with a picture of Santa Claus and the word "believe" embroidered on to it. Small white lights are scattered around the table.

How to make cranberry Christmas cobbler

This recipe for Cranberry Christmas Cobbler has two delicious parts: a flavorful fruit filling and a flaky, cake-like topping. The star of the colorful fruit filling is a measure of tart, red cranberries that are combined with sugar, blueberries, sweetened coconut, and toasted nuts. The simple scratch-made cobbler topping is made with self-rising flour, egg, oil, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Chopping the cranberries is a little bit labor intensive, but otherwise this recipe is very quick and easy to put together. The combination of cranberries and blueberries in this filling creates a perfect balance of sweet-tart flavors and the coconut and toasted nuts add an earthy richness and some wonderful texture to every bite.

A clear glass bowl contains a serving of cranberry cobbler. The picture is a close up of one serving of cobbler. The deep red fruit filling is seen on top. Bits of cranberries and blueberries are visible in it. The glass bowl is on top of a small white plate, a spoon is resting beside it. The golden crust is visible on top and some of the deep red cranberry filling can be seen also. The whole casserole and clear baking dish, a red and white striped tea towel and white Christmas lights are slightly blurred in the background.

It’s hard to believe I’m actually typing these words, but no warm spice is needed in this recipe. I’ve made this cobbler a few times for taste-testing purposes, but only once did I add in a measure of cinnamon. Y’all, I adore all things cinnamon, however this is one recipe I think is better without it. Flavor-wise, this cobbler is right where it needs to be, in my opinion.

In fact, this cobbler is crazy delicious… and with the deep red color of the filling it’s SO pretty.

A close up shot of a serving of cranberry cobbler. The golden crust looks crisp and flaky and the dark red fruit filling is visible from the top. The clear glass bowl is on a white plate with a spoon beside it. The plate is on top of a red and white striped tea towel.

Cranberries are good for much more than just sauce; this Cranberry Christmas Cobbler is definitely a delicious way to celebrate the season and showcase this beautiful fruit. I’m certain this recipe is destined to be an annual holiday treat at our house from this year forward.

We mostly enjoyed eating this cobbler just as it is, but a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a healthy dollop of whipped cream would add even more pizzazz to a serving of this dessert!

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Cranberry Christmas Cobbler

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: Dessert, SidesDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Baking Time

1

hour

This Cranberry Christmas Cobbler is tangy, sweet and festively colorful! It will make an unexpected and delicious addition to your holiday dessert table.

Ingredients

  • For the fruit filling
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped (*see notes below)

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (*see notes below)

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans or sliced almonds

  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut

  • 1 cup sugar

  • For the cobbler crust
  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/ large egg

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/3 vegetable or canola oil

  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 325° Combine chopped cranberries and blueberries in lightly greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Sprinkle all-purpose flour over fruit and gently toss to coat everything evenly with the flour. In a separate small bowl, combine the coconut and nuts and then evenly sprinkle the fruit mixture. As evenly as possible, sprinkle 1 cup of sugar right over the top of the fruit/coconut filling.
  • In a medium-size bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, egg. vanilla extract and oil. Mix with a whisk or a hand-held mixer until ingredients are fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add the self-rising flour into the bowl with the egg mixture. Stir until ingredients are just combined and a loose batter forms.
  • Evenly pour batter over the cranberry/coconut filling and gently spread it over the top with with a silicon spatula, if necessary. Bake cranberry cobbler for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until the top of the cobbler is golden brown. Allow cobbler to cool completely on a rack before serving.
  • Enjoy! Store any leftovers in the refrigator for up to 4 days.

Notes

  • Frozen cranberries and blueberries can be used in place of fresh. However, for best results, the fruit should be completely thawed and drained on paper towels to remove excessive moisture before using it in this recipe.
  • Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen www.alittlefishinthekitchen.com. All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish.

14 Comments

  1. I would love to have a slice of this delicious cobbler. I have some cranberries and would love to make this.

  2. I pinned your recipe for the cobbler and can’t wait to give it a try.

  3. I have some cranberries left over. I see this for dessert tomorrow for dinner. It looks so delicious and fun!

  4. I love old-fashioned desserts–and everything cranberry!

  5. Oh I want a slice or three of this! Love that you used cranberries

  6. OMG — I absolutely love this idea! Why is it I have never thought of making a cobbler with cranberries? Being from New England, they’re one of my favorite fruits… I’ve used them in Bundt cakes, coffee cakes, scones, and any number of things… but never (until now) cobbler! I also really like that it’s combined with blueberries, another New England favorite! Thanks for this recipe, Marcelle. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving on the road…

    • Hi David, this cobbler is really delicious, I hope you love it too!! Thank you, I hope y’all had a great holiday too! It was a fun trip!! Graceland was amazing, and I’m glad we went during this particular school break. They told us that place is a complete madhouse during the summer! lol

  7. I meant anti-oxidant, lol!!!

  8. With the cranberries and the blueberries, this dessert sounds so oxidant rich! The perfect excuse for dessert!

  9. I love cranberries, so I am excited about having another treat to enjoy them! Can’t wait to dig in.

  10. Such a beautiful and perfect holiday dessert!

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