Cranberry Cornbread

Tis the season to scarf this Cranberry Cornbread all winter long!

Cranberry Cornbread

CURRENT STATUS: Blissfully typing up this recipe as fast as humanly possible while shoving the last delicious cube of cranberry cornbread into my face.

It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!

Once I pick up a fresh bag of cornmeal you can bet your booty I’ll be making another batch of this deliciousness.

Move over blueberry cornbread, there’s a new sheriff in town!

Before I unleash any more cheesy banter on your face (forgive me!!!) let’s put a cork in it (me) and talk about this recipe!

Cranberry Cornbread Recipe

Let’s go cranberry crazy!

First off, I’m here to insist that this festive fruit 110% belongs in your cornbread. HOLY COW IT’S GOOD!

I took my go-to easy cornbread recipe and jazzed it up with a cup of  fresh chopped cranberries and a hearty sprinkling of orange zest. This time around I also used sour cream in the batter (FANTASTIC!) and a little apple cider vinegar to give my milk a buttermilk-like consistency. It’s great for giving the cornbread a bit of extra moistness and rise, making this fluffy cornbread a total treat to dive into all on its own!

Though a little butter, honey, or cranberry butter is always a tasty addition. #FACT

The sweet, fluffy cornbread paired with deliciously tart berries and that kiss of orange zest flavor… HOLD ME BACK! I love it so.

Even my extremely skeptical 5-year-old found herself happily swooning with each bite. The fresh berries get hot and tender when baked in to the bread and add this refreshing burst of flavor in each bite. It almost tastes like you’re slathering the cornbread with cranberry sauce. So. Much. Yes.

Cranberry Cornbread

Snag an 8×8 baking dish and get ready for some Christmas cornbread! You can cut them into 9 jumbo squares of cranberry deliciousness or cut smaller squares to serve 12-15.

Cranberry Cornbread
5 from 4 votes

Cranberry Cornbread

Tis the season to scarf this Cranberry Cornbread all winter long!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Cornbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 257 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal (fine or extra fine works best)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4-1 cup fresh cranberries
  • orange zest, to taste (I zested a whole clementine)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prep an 8×8 inch square pan by rubbing with butter or oil.

  3. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well and set aside.

  4. Combine sour cream, milk, and vinegar in a measuring cup or bowl. Mix and set aside.

  5. Chop cranberries; cutting each in halves or quarters. It seems a little daunting to do a whole cup but I promise it goes pretty fast and is totally worth it! Add your orange zest to the berries and set aside.

  6. In a large pot or skillet over medium-high heat, melt your butter.

  7. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in sugar. Use a metal whisk to whisk until well blended.

  8. Next, quickly add your eggs and whisk until well incorporated.

  9. Add in milk mixture and stir.
  10. Next add your cornmeal mixture and beat until very few lumps remain. Fold in cranberries and orange zest.

  11. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the very center to test for doneness. When it comes out clean the cornbread is ready! 

  12. Place on a wire cooling rack and allow to cool before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Leftover cornbread can absolutely be frozen for later (woot) or stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days. I like to microwave leftover cornbread for a few seconds and spread with a little bit of softened butter and a drizzle of raw honey. Warm and melty – yum!

Bake times are using an aluminum 8×8 baking pan. Times will vary if a different size is used as well as if you use a glass baking dish or super dark baking pan. Adjust bake time as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Cornbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 173mg8%
Potassium 97mg3%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Christmas Cranberry Cornbread

If you get a chance to try this festive cranberry cornbread recipe, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • BB

    5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! So flavorful, and so easy. I used fine water ground style corn meal from Buffaloe Millimg Co. in Kittrell NC.

  • Taylor

    5 stars
    This is such a fun twist on regular cornbread! The cranberries add the perfect sweet flavor!

  • Micki

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh, how have I never made these before! a.m.a.z.i.n.g.!!!!

  • Karen

    I love cranberries and cornbread, so I know I’m in for a treat! Thank you. πŸ™‚

  • oooh i will try this out! my family loves your cornbread recipe. i usually bake it in an ovenproof skillet. fewer dishes, so delicious! πŸ™‚

    • I’m super excited for you to try it Sarah!

  • Jen

    5 stars
    Absolutely amazing! This is probably one of my favorite recipes. The cornbread is sweet and cakey while the cranberries add the perfect balance of tartness and crunch. Delicious!!!

    • Sooooo stoked you enjoyed it Jen, thank you!

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