Nantucket Cranberry Pie

While other people are stashing away Twinkies to enjoy years after Hostess disappears, this girl is hoarding fresh cranberries. Bags and bags of fresh cranberries. I don't know what it is, but there is something about knowing that they won't be available all year that makes me feel a need to stock up. I seem to do this every year and come April I'm having cranberry bakeoffs so I can get some room back in my freezer.

You can't blame me for overbuying cranberries when there are fabulous recipes like this one around, though. This has to be one of my favorites. It's incredibly easy and fast to put together and tastes amazing. It's more like a cake than a pie, but if it gets me out of making one more pie crust for Thanksgiving I'll happily call it a pie. It is basically fresh cranberries topped with a sweet cake mixture and baked. The cranberries get soft and juicy and the cake mixture bakes into the berries making a juicy, berry filled cake. I mean, pie. There are many variations on this recipe, some including nuts and some with orange zest, more or less cranberries, sugar, etc. This one is my favorite because it has enough cranberries to enjoy their tart flavor but plenty of sweet, almond flavored topping to balance it out. Add one to your holiday meals this year and your family will thank you. Considering how easy it is, you'll probably thank yourself, too.

Nantucket Cranberry Pie

HeatOvenTo350 Published 11/18/2012
Nantucket Cranberry Pie


  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 bag (12 oz, about 3 cups) fresh or frozen whole cranberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 tablespoons (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Raw sugar or coarse white sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" pie plate. Melt 1 tablespoon butter, and drizzle it into the bottom of the pan.
  2. Spread the cranberries in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with the 1/2 cup sugar.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, 3/4 cup melted butter, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla, and almond extract.
  4. Spread the thick batter over the cranberries in the pan, using a spatula or your wet fingers. Sprinkle raw sugar on top of the batter.
  5. Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean of batter or crumbs.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven. Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min

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The second I saw cranberries in the market, I bought a bag...and I just made scones with it today. I love them so much too! This recipe sounds right up my alley...I'm not a big pie person, because I don't really like the crust. But this looks and sounds so good!

Haha, I totally hoard cranberries too! I haven't stocked up yet this year but it's happening soon. Adding this pie to the to-do list for sure, it's so pretty!

Looks like I'm in good company, hoarding cranberries. This looks delicious.

I made this last night... it was sooo good! I think I'll be making it again for an office Christmas lunch!

I absolutely love this recipe! My mom and I used to make this every holiday season! Delightfully sweet and tart :)

You can also add walnuts for a little crunch. I think it's about a 1/4 cup

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Could another berry be substituted instead of the cranberries?

I imagine cherries would taste delicious as well. They are more juicy so it might be a little runny.

I never got around to making this at the holidays, but I took your advice and stocked away some cranberries for future use. Since it is so frigid outside here in MN, I decided I deserved some comfort food, so in honor of National Pie Day (according to the local news) we are enjoying this yummy treat today! :)

LOL, Sam's had huge bags of cranberries this time of year for $5.00, just bought 6 bags :)

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