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Cranberry Butter Recipe

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Cranberry butter is a delicious and easy spread that combines the tartness of cranberries with the creaminess of butter. This delightful mixture can be used on bread, rolls, biscuits, and more, adding a unique twist to your meals.

Making cranberry butter at home is simple. You can enhance the flavor by adding ingredients like honey, cinnamon, and orange zest. Whether you use a hand mixer or a stand mixer, you’ll achieve a light and airy texture that’s perfect for spreading.

Enjoy this homemade treat during your holiday gatherings or anytime you want to add a special touch to your dishes.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make cranberry butter, you will need a few simple ingredients. Here is the basic list:

  1. Unsalted Butter (1 cup, softened)
  2. Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (1 cup, chopped)
  3. Honey or Maple Syrup (2-3 tablespoons)
  4. Salt (a pinch, optional)

Possible Substitutes

  • Unsalted Butter: You can use salted butter but reduce or skip adding extra salt. For a dairy-free option, use plant-based butter.

  • Cranberries: If fresh or frozen cranberries aren’t available, consider using dried cranberries. Rehydrate them in warm water before use.

  • Honey or Maple Syrup: Agave syrup or regular sugar can be used as sweeteners. Adjust the amount to your taste preference.

  • Salt: If you’re on a low-sodium diet, skip the salt or use a salt substitute.


To make cranberry butter, follow these simple steps:

  1. Gather Your Ingredients

    • 1 cup fresh cranberries
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/2 cup softened butter
    • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  2. Blend Cranberries and Sugar

    • Add cranberries and powdered sugar to a blender or food processor.
    • Mix until smooth.
  3. Combine with Butter and Orange Juice

    • Add the softened butter and orange juice.
    • Blend until everything is well mixed.
  4. Chill and Serve

    • Transfer the cranberry butter to a container.
    • Chill in the refrigerator until set.

Enjoy your homemade cranberry butter on bread, rolls, or biscuits!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Making your own cranberry butter is a fun and rewarding process. Here are some helpful tips and tricks, as well as storage advice, to ensure you enjoy your cranberry butter at its best.

Tips for Making Cranberry Butter

  • Blend Well: Make sure to blend the cranberries thoroughly for a smooth texture. You might need to scrape down the sides of the blender.
  • Add Liquid Gradually: If your mixture is too thick, add water or orange juice a tablespoon at a time.
  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh cranberries and butter will give you the best flavor.

Tricks to Achieve Perfect Consistency

  • Chill Before Serving: After blending, chill the cranberry butter in the fridge. This helps it set and makes spreading easier.
  • Fold and Roll: Use parchment paper to form a tight log. Fold the top part over the butter, press with a flat edge, and roll towards you.

Storing Cranberry Butter

  • Refrigeration: Store your cranberry butter in the fridge if you’re not using it immediately. This will keep it fresh for about a week.
  • Freezer-Friendly: For longer storage, place the cranberry butter in a freezer-safe container or wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze. It can last for up to three months.

Storing Tips

  • Clean Containers: Always use clean, airtight containers for storing your butter to prevent it from absorbing other odors.
  • Labeling: Clearly label the storage date on your container, so you know when it’s time to use or toss it.

Proper Handling

  • Room Temperature: If you leave butter out at room temperature, make sure to consume it within a few hours.
  • Separate Servings: Keep some cranberry butter out for daily use while storing the rest in the fridge. This reduces exposure to air and keeps it fresher longer.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

You can get creative with your cranberry butter. Here are a few variations to try:

Citrus Twist: Add orange zest and a splash of orange juice for a fresh, citrusy flavor.

Spiced Cranberry Butter: Mix in a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger to add warmth.

Honey Sweetened: Replace some or all of the sugar with honey for a natural sweetness.

Serving Suggestions

  • Breakfast Spread: Use it on toast, bagels, or English muffins.
  • Desserts: Serve with scones, muffins, or pancakes.
  • Condiment: Put it on sandwiches, especially turkey or chicken.
  • Holiday Dishes: Add to holiday rolls and bread for a festive touch.

Experiment with these ideas or come up with your own twists! Enjoy your delicious cranberry butter in new and exciting ways.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.