Moist Cream Cheese Cranberry Bread Recipe: Meet Your New Favorite Holiday Bread Recipe by Donna John

Bread/Muffins Desserts
a month ago
Moist Cream Cheese Cranberry Bread Recipe: Meet Your New Favorite Holiday Bread Recipe

Cranberries aren't just for cranberry sauce. This moist cream cheese cranberry bread recipe may take some of the spotlight off that pumpkin pie or pecan pie at your Thanksgiving gathering.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 to 65 minutes
Total Time: 70 to 75 minutes

Servings: Makes 1 loaf


  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugar.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add the wet to the dry and stir until just incorporated. Do not overmix! Fold in cranberries.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F about 60 to 65 minutes, or until it passes the toothpick test (it comes out clean). Allow to cool in the pan about 10 minutes before removing.  

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Kim Kusiciel
Ohhh, I am printing this one! Thanks!!
Donna John
I made this for the first time last Thanksgiving, Kim Kusiciel , and it was a hit. So moist. It was my dad's favorite. Making it again tonight.
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I made this for Christmas and everyone loved it. It’s our new tradition, Donna John , thank you! Soooo good!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I found some leftover cranberries in the fridge. Put them to good use on a Sunday afternoon for my baking therapy. The kitchen smells so good and this recipe is soooo delicious! Donna John Dieter Schmitz loves it! 😍
Donna John
I made this a few Thanksgivings ago just to try something new, and everyone loved it, especially my dad. He took all the leftovers home to eat with his coffee in the mornings. :-)
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I don’t blame your dad, Donna John . It has quickly become one of our fave recipes. Seriously, delicious. Thank you for sharing it. It’s not just for the holidays anymore! 😂
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
We were craving this delicious bread but I couldn’t find any fresh cranberries this time of year. I tried dried cranberries but it just wasn’t the same. I had some fresh plums that were kind of tart, so I used this batter recipe to make plum cake instead. Delicious! Donna John Dieter Schmitz

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