This is the best cranberry pecan dessert recipe ever for Thanksgiving, Christmas or a holiday party! Just a few ingredients, use fresh or frozen cranberries and chopped pecans. This simple, straightforward, amazingly delicious, cranberry dessert turns out perfectly every single time!
Cranberry Pecan Dessert is an easy, delicious Christmas recipe you can make if you need a dessert in a hurry. You just throw cranberries and pecans together with flour and sugar, bake and serve with ice cream or whipped cream on top for a treat your family and friends will love. The sweet and tart taste of these cranberry pecan squares will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! I make this for Christmas and during the holidays, as well as whenever I want to! It’s so delicious and healthy, try it for yourself any time of the year, not just during the cold weather!
Everyone needs a traditional cranberry dessert recipe in their repertoire, especially during holiday time, and this is mine. It is seriously the best Christmas Dessert ever! I have been making cranberry pecan squares for several years now and everyone who tries them agrees they are out-of-this-world delicious!
Tips for Using Cranberries in Your Recipes
- No Need to Thaw Your Cranberries. You don’t need to thaw frozen berries before using in a recipe. Any time berries are being baked or cooked, they don’t need to be defrosted first. The baking or cooking process will take care of that for you.
- Freeze Your Fresh Cranberries if running out of time to use them. To freeze cranberries and enjoy them throughout the year, place berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Once completely frozen, you can transfer them to freezer-safe bags or airtight containers. This will prevent them from becoming a sticking together. Remember, you can always cook them from frozen!
How to make cranberry dessert recipe
Like I said, this cranberry pecan squares dessert is crazy easy to make, and below is the proof!
- Use the right size pan. If you are planning on making this, prepare a 10 inch cake pan to make it look flat like mine does. However, if you want to make your cranberry dessert look more like a cake, use a pan smaller in diameter, such as 8 inch or even less! The smaller the diameter, the thicker the cake batter will be.
- Use either fresh or frozen cranberries. If using frozen cranberries, do not thaw them for this recipe! They will cook just fine, trust me!
- DO NOT over-bake this cranberry pie dessert! These cranberry pecan bars will not look or taste right if over baked. Make sure to use a toothpick to check for doneness!
- Freezer-friendly! Whenever I make a cranberry pie dessert, I cut it into squares, and freeze what we don’t eat right away individually!
Cranberry Pecan Dessert Substitutions
- Gluten Free Flour. I recommend using 2/3 cup brown rice flour and 1/3 cup tapioca starch instead of regular wheat flour.
- No cranberries? Blueberries make an excellent substitute, weather fresh or frozen. I love to bake with both cranberries and blueberries and I recommend that you do the same!
More delicious Cranberry Recipes
Cranberry Pecan Squares
- 2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (for cranberry mixture)
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar (for batter)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon confectionary sugar (for decoration)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine cranberries, 1/3 cup sugar and pecans; and stir to combine. Pour the cranberry mixture into a generously buttered any cake pan or a 10" pie plate.
- Combine the butter and 2/3 cup sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add the eggs and almond extract and beat again until fluffy. Add the flour and beat once more.
- Spread the thick batter over the cranberry mixture in the pan. It might look uneven, and that's ok.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes, test doneness with a toothpick to make sure the batter is cooked through.
- Once slightly cooled, sprinkle with confectionary sugar.
- Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.