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Cranberry Orange Bread is both sweet and tart, bursting with fresh cranberries and the flavor of oranges. Topped with an orange glaze, this bread is as beautiful as it is delicious, and makes for a delightful holiday breakfast or snack!

Cranberry Orange Bread is both sweet and tart, bursting with fresh cranberries and the flavor of oranges.

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With Thanksgiving come and gone, you’d think I would have started to feel less stressed, but no, I still feel the crazy pressure of the holiday season.

Still a thousand to-do lists to complete, still a ton of holiday parties to plan for and attend, still too many presents to buy and wrap.

I’m always glad that the holidays go hand-in-hand with baking because baking is the thing that grounds me no matter how scattered and stressed I feel.

Cranberry Orange Bread is sweet, tart and bursting with fresh cranberries and the flavor of oranges. The perfect breakfast!

I often like to bake really early in the morning before Eric and Elle are awake. Baking in those early hours calms me and helps set the tone for my day.

Sometimes I turn on a TV show while I bake, sometimes I will listen to podcasts. Sometimes I just sip my coffee while I whip up whatever recipe I am testing that week. Either way, I can often tell later in the day if I haven’t taken that time to bake in the morning, simply because I feel more stressed in the afternoons.

Some people have yoga. I have my mixer and oven.

Cranberry Orange Bread is sweet, tart and bursting with fresh cranberries and the flavor of oranges. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

Hey, we all have our own types of therapy, right?

This week’s morning baking had me whipping up some quick breads to share with my neighbors, including today’s Cranberry Orange Bread recipe.

This Cranberry Orange Bread is the perfect holiday quick bread. It's sweet, tart and totally delicious!


Now that Thanksgiving is over, what I like to think of as “pumpkin season” has come to a close as we head into a season of more festive holiday flavors.

One of my favorite holiday flavor pairings is cranberry and orange. It’s a flavor combo I’ve turned to many times over the years, from Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier and Cranberry Orange Scones to Orange Cranberry Cookies and even a Cranberry Orange Smoothie.

Cranberry Orange Bread is the perfect for the holiday season. Bursting with festive flavor, it's sure to become a new favorite!

Given how much I love to make Pumpkin Bread during the fall, it only made sense to take my favorite cranberry-orange combo and infuse it into a quick bread recipe for the holidays.

This Cranberry Orange Bread is bursting with tart fresh cranberries that I balanced with the sweet flavor of oranges. The whole thing is topped with a sweet orange glaze, making it as beautiful for a holiday spread as it is delicious.

Cranberry Orange Bread comes together in less than 15 minutes. It's sweet, tart and totally festive.


I’m just going to come out and say it – I really, really love this Cranberry Orange Bread recipe. Bursting with whole cranberries and sweetened with orange juice, this is a bread I know I’m going to be coming back to again and again – probably multiple times yet this year.

I wanted to make sure that the bread had some additional depth beyond just the flavors of the cranberries and oranges, though. When I want to give a baked good some extra depth, I always like to reach for vanilla.

Cranberry Orange Bread is sure to become your one of your new favorite quick bread recipes. Simple and delicious!

Specifically, I like to reach for my Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract. I love how their proprietary cold extraction process preserves the more than 300 flavor compounds in vanilla beans, making it the most flavorful vanilla I’ve ever tried.

And let’s be real, when holiday treats are on the line, I just don’t have time for anything less than the best ingredients!

If you're looking for a simple and delicious way to wow a holiday crowd, this Cranberry Orange Quick Bread is for you!

To really take this Cranberry Orange Bread recipe over the top, I added an orange glaze on top. For the glaze, I reached for Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Orange Extract to add that burst of orange flavor.

I knew I could trust their orange extract to be just as flavorful as their vanillas for the same reason, since they only use the best ingredients and always extract them with the greatest care.

Whip up a loaf of this Cranberry Orange Bread for the holidays. It's perfect for breakfast!

If you choose to make and freeze your Cranberry Orange Bread ahead of time, wait until just before serving to add the glaze. No one will guess the bread wasn’t baked fresh that day!

Whip up this delicious Cranberry Orange Bread for a holiday breakfast or snack with a cup of coffee, or gift a loaf to a friend or neighbor to share some holiday cheer. It’s absolutely delicious and perfect for the season either way.

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Cranberry Orange Bread

By: Jamie Lothridge
5 from 1 rating
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Cranberry Orange Bread is both sweet and tart, bursting with fresh cranberries and the flavor of oranges. Topped with an orange glaze, this bread is as beautiful as it is delicious, and makes for a delightful holiday breakfast or snack!


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • zest of two medium oranges
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract
  • cup orange juice
  • cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Orange Extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, mix the sugars and orange zest until the sugar is fragrant and the orange zest is thoroughly incorporated. Add in butter and mix until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Add in orange juice mix until incorporated.
  • Gradually add in the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in buttermilk. Do not overmix. Fold in cranberries.Spoon batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes. Allow bread to cool in pan for 20-30 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once bread is cool, whisk together the powdered sugar, orange juice and orange extract. Drizzle over bread and allow it to harden before serving. If glaze is too thick, gradually add a few drops of orange juice at a time to achieve the desired consistency.



Makes 1 9×5-inch loaf.
Use parchment as shown in the photos and liberally spray with nonstick cooking spray.
I used Simply Orange Juice.
Allow the bread to completely cool before glazing. Allow the glaze to harden before cutting with a serrated bread knife.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 269kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 259mg, Potassium: 104mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 257IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Bonnie says:

    Can frozen cranberries be used, and should they be thawed if so.

    1. Jamie says:

      Hello! Yes, frozen cranberries should work fine. I would go ahead and thaw them before using, making sure to discard any liquid before adding them to the bread. Hope this helps!

  2. L says:

    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. I made it as directed in a 9×5 loaf pan. I’d like to make it again for the Christmas Holidays as gifts. Does the recipe work well in 5×3 mini-loaf pans? (Would it stay moist-or would they dry out because they have more surface area exposed?)

    1. Jamie says:

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the bread! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! I have not tried making these in mini-loaf pans but it should turn out ok; it would be a lot like making it into muffins. Hope this helps!

  3. Diana says:

    Can frozen cranberries be used in this recipe ?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hello! Yes, frozen cranberries should be fine in place of fresh. Hope this helps! Happy baking.

  4. Natalie says:

    Looks and sounds so delicious and perfect for Christmas too!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Natalie! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!

  5. Liz S says:

    Yes, baking is definitely therapeutic! Love the addition of high quality vanilla in this fabulous cranberry-orange treat. 

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Liz! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!

  6. Sheila says:

    I would like to know what ratio of dried cranberries should I use if we cannot get fresh cranberries in my country? I thought that I would soak them in orange juice to plump them up.

    1. Jamie says:

      Hello! I haven’t attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I’d love to know how it turns out. Thanks so much for stopping by.