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Easy Sweet and Tart Cranberry Pie

This Cranberry pie is so easy to make! The pie filling is tart yet sweet, and flavored with fresh orange, vanilla, and brown sugar. Top of this delicious pie with a whole lot of whipped cream and your whole family will love this easy Thanksgiving dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Kosher
Keyword: cranberry dessert recipes, cranberry recipes, easy thanksgiving desserts, thanksgiving pies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cooling and Decorating Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 299kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • 2 pie crusts store bought or homemade
  • cup all purpose flour for rolling dough
  • 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries about 3 cups
  • 2 tsp orange zest half a large orange
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice or bottled
  • 1 tsp corn starch

For Garnish

  • 1 egg beaten
  • Turbinado sugar optional
  • whipped cream optional


  • Preheat your oven to 350° F and prepare one pie crust in a pie pan or defrost a store bought one from the freezer for 15 minutes. Trim the edges if you need to, about 1" over the pie plate
    freshly rolled pie dough in its pan with some overhang on the right side.
  • Add the 12 oz cranberries, 2 tsp orange zest, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup brown sugar into a a medium sized pot over medium high heat and stir.
    Fresh cranberries, orange zest, and brown sugar mixed together in a pot.
  • In a small bowl combine the 2 tbsp orange juice and 1 tsp cornstarch and mix well until the cornstarch dissolves completely and the mixture has a cloudy look to it.
  • Add the corn starch mixture to the cranberries. Bring the cranberries to a boil for 1 minute then lower to a simmer and cook until the cranberries release their juices, about 5-7 minutes. You can mash them up or leave them more plump. If you like them super smooth, blend it with an immersion blender. Cool.
    Cooked cranberries in a pot.
  • Pour the filling into the pie crust. Decorate with the other pie crust (see post for ideas) or lay the second pie crust over the filling, securing pinching the edges together. Cut 3 small slits in the middle to let steam out if covering fully.
    A pre-baked cranberry pie with leaf shapes made from a cookie cutter decorating the border of the pie.
  • Brush the dough decorations and edges of pie with the beaten egg and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake 20-25 minutes on lowest oven rack. 
    A decorative leaf pattern on a cranberry pie sitting on a white napkin on a gray background.
  • Cool and serve with whipped cream!
    Cranberry pie with whipped cream resting on a white linen on a gray backdrop with a knife lying on an angle.


You can use either fresh or frozen cranberries!
To prevent a soggy bottomed pie, combine 1 tsp flour and 1 tsp sugar and sprinkle it on the bottom of your pie pan before adding the crust.
To prevent the pie crust from burning place tin foil around the edges while baking.


Nutrition Facts
Easy Sweet and Tart Cranberry Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 187mg8%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 64IU1%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.