Take-out Tuesday, Cranberry Holiday Bread

Here’s a little quick bread you can whip up for family or as a gift for friends


Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes it moist and irresistible


and cranberry sauce gives it flavor and holiday color


You can mix it up in minutes


It makes 2 loaves,


One to keep and one to give!


Glaze the bread with more cranberry sauce while it’s hot from the oven and then let the bread cool completely before removing from the pan


Sprinkle the top with sparkling sugar or decorative sprinkles


This recipe is adapted from Cream Cheese Cranberry Bread from Julie’s Eats & Treats

Cranberry Holiday Bread

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 2 loaves


  • 2 loaf pans


  • 2 sticks 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 T cream cheese emulsion* optional
  • 1 1/2 cups whole berry cranberry sauce divided
  • sparkling sugar or sprinkles for garnish


  • Combine cream cheese, butter, sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese emulsion in mixing bowl or stand mixer until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating each one before adding the next.
  • In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients in mixing bowl. Fold in 1 1/4 cups cranberry sauce, and pour batter into 2 greased loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350 for 35-50 minutes, until golden on top and tester comes out clean. Immediately glaze tops of hot bread with remaining cranberry sauce, spreading it evenly over bread. Let bread cool completely.
  • Carefully remove bread from pans, using a knife to go around all the edges so bread will release. Turn pans over onto a board to release bread and then immediately turn bread over, cranberry glaze side up.
  • Garnish loaves with sparkling sugar or sprinkles. Wrap loaves tightly in saran and store in refrigerator or at room temperature. Slice to serve.
  • Makes 2 loaves.
Keyword Christmas appetizer, cranberrry holiday bread, cranberry quick bread, gifts from the kitchen, Thanksgiving

It’s perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack


*Cream Cheese Emulsion is optional, I found mine at Home Goods, but you can also order it online here

Stay Jolly!

Here are some other great Gifts from the Kitchen for the holidays

Coconut Rum Snowball in a Jar

coconut rum snowball 2

Dinner in a Stocking

dinner in a stocking thepaintedapron.xom


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Celebrate and DecorateRustic and Refined,

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Tickle My TastebudsFull Plate ThursdayWork it Wednesday

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12 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Cranberry Holiday Bread”
  1. Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this looks yummy! I wish I had a slice this morning to go with my tea. I love anything with cream cheese in it. I have pinned this recipe and can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing, and I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!

  2. Mary says:

    I perfect loaf to give or gift for the holidays Jenna! I hadn’t seen the cream cheese emulsion…I bet that would boost the cream cheese flavor in cream cheese ice cream! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. A nice seasonal bread! I like the dinner in a stocking too, love the flavors:@)

  4. Jodi says:

    Yum. And love dinner in a stocking. ๐Ÿ˜œ

  5. Yum, looks really good!

  6. Jenna, if only I had a slice of that yummy bread with my Italian roast coffee this morning.. looks delicious!

  7. Looks yum! I’m headed to the kitchen in a few for another day of baking!

  8. This looks wonderful and what a great gift it would be!!

  9. This bread looks delicious! YUM!

  10. Karen says:

    One to keep and one to give, that sounds perfect. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Helen Adams says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Your Cranberry Holiday Bread looks delicious, I just love cranberry bread. Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  12. Kitty says:

    Your bread looks so yummy, Jenna, and I love the snowflakes sprinkled on top!
    I’m off to check out dinner in a stocking….

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