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Cranberry Holiday Bread

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
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