Cranberry Curd Recipe – Step by Step Guide

Cranberry Curd Recipe – Step by Step Guide: For the holidays, turn fresh cherries into Cranberry Curd. It only takes a few minutes to make this recipe, and it tastes great on pancakes, scones, yogurt, baked goods, even just by the spoonful. It’s even great for giving gifts!

Cranberry Curd Recipe Short Notes


  • 1/2 pound fresh cranberries a little over 2 cups
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small cubes


  • Put the cranberries and water in a small pot, cover it, and set it over medium-low heat. Make sure the cherries pop and the juice bubbles while it’s cooking. Put the cranberries through a strainer and press them down hard with a spoon. Make sure to scrape the bowl of all the lovely red puree that’s on the bottom of the strainer. Put the cranberry puree back into the pot and leave it alone. Give it a little time to cool down.
  • Mix the egg whites and egg together with a whisk. It will turn a light yellow color as you whisk in the sugar. Mix the egg mixture into the cranberry puree in the sauce pan. Keep mixing for about one minute, or until the combination is smooth and creamy. Place over medium-low heat and whisk all the time for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the custard gets thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Take the pan off the heat and add the butter one cube at a time while stirring. Strain into a bowl or jar. Place in the fridge for at least an hour with plastic wrap over the top.

Cranberry Curd Recipe – Step by Step Guide

Simple steps and a few simple items are all it takes to make a delicious Cranberry Curd from fresh cherries. You can eat it by the spoonful, use it to make pies, or drizzle it over pancakes for a delicious treat. It’s even a great gift for the holidays!

A bowl of fresh cranberries on a grey table with pine cones and greens.

Note: This Cranberry Curd recipe was first posted on Kitchen Confidante on December 4, 2011, as part of a series called “Simple Sundays.” It has been updated with better photos, cooking notes, and notes on the recipes. I hope you enjoy this cooking fave!

As we walked in circles around rows and rows of firs and pines, we took in the wonderful smell of fresh evergreens.That one! Not that one!A beautiful pine tree was snatched up by my family. It was clear to me that it would never even fit through our front door.Hey, that’s department store big. What about this one?I pointed to the shorter trees that would work better. Each item was looked at.Not smooth enough and too full. That branch isn’t strong enough. It has too many spines.We went out to find the best Christmas tree.

We found it. We all agreed on it, but it didn’t look perfect. After a short ride home, the decorations began.

A bowl of cranberries for making cranberry curd.

We had gotten rid of yards and yards of tree lights last season, as we saw when we quickly checked the tools. Before my husband and kids went to the store to get new strands, I set some of the beautiful fresh cranberries I hadn’t had time to cook for Thanksgiving to bubble into a rich Cranberry Curd. When they came back, my curd was already setting in the fridge.

Egg yolks in a bowl with ingredients for cranberry curd.

Straining cranberry curd into a glass bowl.

I couldn’t help but sneak spoonfuls of the bright curd. Oh my goodness, if you like Lemon Curd, you will love this Cranberry Curd. Could I say it’s even better? I just couldn’t hold back! I tell you, it tastes so good plain. But I’m sure it will be fun to play with. I tried it with pancakes this morning. I felt like I was in heaven.

Jars of cranberry curd made with fresh cranberries for the Christmas holidays.

We all stood back to look at our work when the tree was all clipped and it was time to cheer. The Christmas tree lot tree that looked about right turned out to be just right. Everyone agreed that it was the best tree we’d ever had. It was the right height and shape, and the leaves were soft and the branches were strong. Our ornaments filled it up just right. Then it was time for the big light show.

Our hearts sank.

Two different shades of white. It’s cool on top. Feeling warm on the bottom.

A little rough.

We were really let down. And worn out. After some thought, we chose to accept that life is not perfect. The kids loved it, even though it was two-toned. My husband and I also chose to love it. We’ll remember this tree for sure. We’ll laugh one day, and remember to check the lights more often!

Jar of cranberry curd on a wooden board with pine cones and Christmas greens.

Q1. How to Use Cranberry Curd

Want to know how to use cherry curd? You can use cranberry curd in more ways than just spreading it on scones or pancakes. Here are some recipes that use it:

Q2. Cranberry Curd as a Gift

For the holidays, a jar of cranberry curd would be a tasty and nice homemade gift. Fruit curds might not be acidic enough to be canned for a long time, but make sure the person you’re giving it to knows that they can keep it in the fridge for a week or longer in the freezer.

Q3. How to Store Cranberry Curd 

Fruit curds might not be acidic enough to last a long time in the fridge or freezer, but you can store the cranberry curd tightly covered in the fridge for up to a week. Let it thaw in the fridge before serving to defrost.

Leave a Comment