Orange Cranberry Bread

Orange Cranberry Bread-sweet orange bread dotted with fresh cranberries and drizzled with an orange glaze! This bread is perfect for the holidays! It makes a great gift too! 

Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe

Every week, I go through the grocery store flyers to see what is on sale. Josh considers the flyers junk mail and used to throw them away, but he has learned that he will have to dig them out of the trash if he throws them away, so now he saves them for me. I look forward to flyer day every week. Yes, I am a nerd! When there is a good sale, I stock up! You should see the stash of butter, chocolate chips, and cereal we currently have! I can’t stop myself:)

I also love buying whatever produce is on sale. Fresh cranberries were on sale the week before Thanksgiving so I went crazy and bought six bags. Did I need six bags? Probably not, but I can’t resist a good sale! I made cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, but I only used one bag. So now I am on a mission to put the rest of my cranberries to good use.

To use up a few cranberries, I made Orange Cranberry Bread. Not only is this bread festive and perfect for the holiday season, but it is DEElicious!

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I love this bread because it is a quick bread and I am all about easy during the holiday season! Sure, the bread has to bake in the oven, but you can do other things while the bread is baking. Turn on a Christmas movie, read a book, deck the halls with boughs of holly…whatever you want to do! 🙂

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

When the bread is done baking, I drizzle it with a sweet orange glaze. I am calling it bread, but it could easily pass as cake! Bread that tastes like cake? YES, please!

I love the sweet orange bread with the tart cranberries! The cranberry orange combo is a winner! You can serve this bread at Christmas brunch, for dessert, or make loaves to give to your friends and family! I made one large loaf, but you could make mini loaves to give as gifts!

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

I am so glad I stocked up on cranberries because I am going to make this Orange Cranberry Bread again and again! I might even need to buy more, but only if they are on sale. I better go check the flyers:)

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Orange Cranberry Bread

Sweet orange bread dotted with fresh cranberries and drizzled with an orange glaze! This bread is perfect for the holiday season!
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For the bread:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries roughly chopped

For the orange glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 8 ½ x 4 ½ loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In a small bowl, combine sugar and orange zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Whisk into the flour mixture. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla.
  • Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Fold in the cranberries. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 70-75 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. If your loaf starts to get too brown drape a piece of foil over the top to finish baking. I did this during the last 10 minutes of the baking time.
  • Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes. Loosen the sides of the bread with a knife. Carefully remove loaf from pan. Let cool completely on wire rack.
  • While the bread is cooling, make the orange glaze. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the bread. Cut and serve.
  • Note-store the bread, wrapped, on the counter for 2-3 days.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    This is my all-time favorite holiday recipe. Been making it 3 years in a row now. This year I used mini loaf pans (3 minis per one regular-size loaf recipe). Made two batches; one with gluten-free flour and it is still amazing. Friends and family love it and I gave out the mini loaves as gifts. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

  2. Fabulous! I live at a high altitude and so I added 2 T of extra flour and 1 T extra liquid. It turned out great and have had several requests for this recipe! I also made this same recipe using blueberries and used lemon juice instead of orange. What a delicious recipe!

    1. I was actually wondering how this would have been with lemon juice. I’ll try that next time. I made this today, and it’s amazing!!

  3. This recipe tastes so good. Thank you. I’ve fixed it 3 times. The last time I shared it and got raves back for it.

  4. 5 stars
    When making this wonderful recipe, I failed to notice the Vegetarian notation on the description. I did substitute a stick of melted butter for the 1/2 cup of oil and also added about 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. The bread and the glaze are fantastic! I used chopped fresh frozen cranberries and was surprised it did not add additional baking time. I tossed the cranberries with a small amount of Wondra flour and they remained evenly distributed throughout the bread. The glaze took a bit more orange juice and I also added a drop of almond extract ~ yummy! Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. I made this recipe, doubling the ingredients and despite the extended cooking time, it came out un cooked in the center.

    The batter did look very runny to me but i figured because of using oil vs butter, maybe that was why.

    It look great in the oven, the flavor is nonetheless delicious, but it is wet .

    Any suggestions?

  6. Haven’t made it yet, but I have a question.
    Your recipe says 1 cup fresh cranberries, roughly chopped. Someone asked anyway, do you leave them whole. Your reply was “leave them whole.” What way do you do it? You also indicated check the mini pans at 30 minutes — someone who baked them in the mini pans, said it took 60 minutes. That’s quite a difference.

    1. You can leave them whole if you want bigger chunks of cranberries. I suggest checking the mini pans at 30 minutes because every oven is different and I have seen different sizes of mini pans. Better safe than sorry. It might take the loaves longer!

  7. 5 stars
    This is one of my holiday staples now. The loaves make great gifts for friends and neighbors – the flavor gets better after a day or so. Plus, it freezes very well so you can enjoy it well after the holidays.

  8. I made this and it did not rise and had a weird chewy consistency. Have no idea what went wrong. I followed the recipe to the letter except I used 1/2 applesauce instead of the oil but I do that to all my quick breads and it always turns out.

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