A Christmas Favorite: Cranberry Orange Bread

Another family favorite from my childhood! My grandma used to make this cranberry orange bread every Christmas, and my mom has carried on the tradition. Now that our little family is under way, it’s my turn. Because it’s just not the holidays without this delicious bread.

Lately, I’ve decided that while I love to cook, I enjoy baking even more. Maybe it’s the whole Third Trimester of pregnancy nesting thing, but I’ve been finding myself wanting to cozy up with a fire going in the fireplace, a hot cup of coffee brewing, Christmas music filling the kitchen and something scrumptious baking away in the oven. And it’s even better now that Harper can “help.”

This is such a pretty recipe, which makes me love it even more. I hope your family loves it as much as mine does!

Happy new week, sweet ones.








Cranberry Orange Bread


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups halved cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 orange (juice and grated rind)
  • 2 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1 egg (beaten)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Stir cranberries and nuts into flour mix.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine orange juice, grated rind, butter and enough water to make 3/4 cup.  Add to beaten egg.

  5. Pour liquid ingredients into flour mix. Mix slightly.
  6. Spoon into greased loaf pan. (Make sides slightly higher than center.)
  7. Bake 50-60 mins at 350.




  • Amber Werner

    My mouth is watering reading this! This would be perfect for a Christmas party and leftovers for breakfast!

    Xoxo Amber

    • suzanne

      It really is so yummy! xo

  • Charissa Thonus

    This looks so good! I am going to make it with my kiddos, thanks!

    • suzanne

      I hope you like it! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  • Sabrina

    I haven’t heard of cranberry orange bread before and it looks and sound so delicious that I will have to give it a try now.

    • suzanne

      Let me know if you love it!

  • Stephanie Lowry

    This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe, I can’t wait to try it.

    • suzanne

      Thanks for stopping by! xo

  • Rochelle

    This recipe sounds so refreshing. I need to try this during our friend bake night!

    • suzanne

      A friend bake night sounds so fun! Enjoy 🙂

  • Kristine-Bites of Flavor

    This recipe sounds delicious! Super festive!!

    • suzanne

      Thanks, Kristine!

  • Tammy

    Thank you for sharing your family recipe. It looks amazing!

    • suzanne

      Thank you for stopping by, Tammy!

  • Rebecca Hicks

    This looks amazing!! I’ve pinned, and plan on making for our family reunion this weekend. Thanks for the delicious recipe. 🙂

    • suzanne

      Yay! I hope you loved it!

  • jessica

    I’m going to have to make this. Although, I wonder if I could make gluten free bread and it still turn out. I’ll let you know 🙂
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

    • suzanne

      Ooh, that’s a good idea. Would love to know how it turns out! xo

  • Rebekah | My Circus, My Monkeys

    This looks delicious! I’ve had cranberry orange muffins, but never bread. This looks pretty easy to make, as well. I may need to make this on Christmas morning!

    • suzanne

      It’s a perfect Christmas morning breakfast 🙂

  • Mimi {Creative on the Side}

    This bread looks wonderful!!! Sounds like just the perfect thing for our Christmas morning brunch!

    • suzanne

      Yes! Thanks, Mimi!

  • Joanna

    I love cranberry and orange together! This looks so festive and delicious:)

    • suzanne

      Thank you, Joanna!

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    Cranberry orange bread is a favorite this time of year. Yours looks like it turned out perfectly cooked.

    • suzanne

      Thank you, Kimberly!

  • All Babied Up

    This looks amazing. Great photos too!

    • suzanne

      Thank you! xo

  • Leah

    I love to bake too, and I can’t wait to try this bread out, thanks for the great recipe!

    • suzanne

      Baking is good for the soul 🙂 Thanks, Leah!

  • Cait Weingartner

    Homemade loaf breads are my favorite thing to bake, both for myself to enjoy, and to share during the holidays. This bread looks amazing, and I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • suzanne

      Thanks, Cait! I hope you love it!

  • cara

    Yum! I love the combination of the citrus flavor from the orange with cranberry! I bet this tastes delicious for the holidays! 🙂

    • suzanne

      It’s so yummy! Thanks, mama!

  • Meg | The Many Little Joys

    Yum! My husband’s family has a traditional recipe for cranberry orange muffins that looks really similar to this. Beautiful and perfect Christmas flavors. 🙂

    • suzanne

      Muffins would be so good, too! Thanks, Meg 🙂

  • Adree

    Yummy! I love the orange and Cranberry combo. I’m going to have to try making this!

    • suzanne

      I hope you loved it!

  • Joanie @ ZagLeft

    I love baking with cranberries and I’ll bet the orange and cranberry combination here is fantastic. What a great bread to wake up to in the morning.

    • suzanne

      It is! Thanks for stopping by, Joanie!

  • Alix Maza

    YUM! Looks so festive and delicious.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

    • suzanne

      Thank you, Alix!

  • Diana Johnson

    I love how the chunks of cranberries pop through. So colorful and eye-catching. Will be a show-stopper for sure at parties!

    • suzanne

      So sweet -thanks, Diana!