A cooked cranberry apple crostata on a piece of parchment.
Guy Ambrosino
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Cranberry Apple Crostata

Cranberry apple crostata is so easy to make and so unexpectedly lovely to experience it may end up displacing the more familiar dessert offerings at your Thanksgiving table.
A white gravy boat filled with cranberry relish with a halved lime and juicer in the background.
Becky Rosenthal
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Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Relish

This sweet and spicy cranberry relish is a contemporary take on the traditional cranberry sauce. Spiced with jalapeño and brightened with lime juice, it will become an instant holiday favorite.
A loaf of cranberry orange pecan bread in the background with a halved slice from it in front
John Valls
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Cranberry Orange Pecan Bread

This cranberry orange pecan bread, with its balance of tart and sweet, is so tempting it doesn’t even need a schmear of butter as added enticement. We’re thinking of it for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning—or any morning, for that matter.
Five cranberry scones with two drizzled with white chocolate glaze on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.
Ryan Szulc
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Cranberry Scones

Cranberry scones drizzled with white chocolate that are flaky and perfectly balanced between tart and sweet, and festive as can be in appearance. Certainly sounds like an ideal Thanksgiving breakfast to us.
Cranberry and orange relish in a white bowl on a baking sheet
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Cranberry and Orange Relish

This cranberry and orange relish is made simply with cranberries, sugar, oranges, and water, and comes together in just 5 minutes of your time. Because we know you have other stuff to think about on Thanksgiving.
A cranberry margarita in a short glass with a skewer or sugared cranberries and orange zest across the top.
Jeanine Thurston
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Cranberry Margarita

This cranberry margarita makes a spiked cocktail for any occasion, whether Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a summer afternoon. The swizzle sticks aren’t essential yet add a little lovely bling.
A square of cranberry buckle with a streusel top and studded with cranberries.
Sara Remington
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Cranberry Buckle with Crumb Topping

This cranberry buckle with crumb topping is a tender cake enriched with sour cream and punctuated with tart cranberries. It makes a lovely autumn dessert, breakfast, or teatime indulgence.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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12+ Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

What’s a Thanksgiving table without pie? Our thoughts exactly. So here’s our list of some of the best pie recipes we’ve got, whether you prefer apple, pecan, pumpkin, or something completely different.

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