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Cranberry Cheese Crumb Pie

My mind works overtime to plan treats that surprise the family. They give this cranberry pie a “wow” and invite friends over to share it. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie crust
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Unroll the crust into a 9-in. pie plate; flute edge. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, milk and lemon juice until smooth. Spread evenly into crust.
  • In a small bowl, mix cranberry layer ingredients; spoon over cream cheese mixture. For topping, in another bowl, mix flour, brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over cranberry layer.
  • Bake 45-55 minutes or until crust and topping are golden brown. Cover edge loosely with foil during the last 10 minutes if needed to prevent overbrowning. Remove foil. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack; refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 512 calories, 27g fat (12g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • TrishtheDish1
    Nov 30, 2018

    Oh. My. Goodness. This pie was very good. My husband stated that a few times while eating his slice, and I agreed. It's not too sweet/rich, yet not actually light, but just right in my opinion. I used homemade cranberry sauce left over from Thanksgiving and it set it off nicely. My only suggestion would be to add some more cranberry sauce, maybe 1/2 more. Because it made good sense to me, I did what the other reviewer suggested and baked the 1st layer for 20 minutes, then added the 2 remaining layers and finished the baking time...approx. 25-35 minutes more. So good! I will be making this again at holiday time. Thank you Lorraine, no doubt your family is fortunate to have you cooking and creating for them!

  • foxyhottcakes
    Aug 14, 2016

    This pie is outstanding. I made no changes. I couldn't get enough of it. It's going into my yearly seasonal pies for sure.

  • another39again
    Nov 23, 2015

    This pie is absolutely fantastic. I will be serving it for Thanksgiving dessert.

  • delowenstein
    Nov 12, 2015

    I prepared this recipe for the first time! I did use an unbaked 9" prepared pie shell which I'd allowed to thaw for 15 minutes at room temperature. I did add 1 tsp. lemon extract to the cream cheese filling and I had used the 1/4 cup lemon juice as recipe directed. For the cranberry layer, I added 1 Tbsp. ground Navel orange to the cranberry sauce for added flavor in addition to the brown sugar and cornstarch. I used only 1/4 cup chopped pecans since not everyone eats nuts or is allergic to nuts. I used a pastry blender to mix the crumb topping. I think, though, that I just might have to bake this pie as the other reviewer did-20 minutes for the first layer and 25 minutes for the last 2 layers and reduce lemon juice to 1 Tbsp.! Some of the filling did overflow onto the foil! (Luckily, I did put foil under the pie and placed the pie on a baking sheet!) I'd say that this recipe is a really lovely dessert for Thanksgiving AND for any special occasion! I think it could even be used for a Christmas dessert! Thank you, Lorraine Caland, for sharing your recipe! delowenstein

  • lisawill68
    Oct 9, 2015

    Wow, this pie is absolutely delicious. Best pie I ever had. I had to make some changes in the recipe I guess because of my climate. I only use half the lemon juice it was calling for. It was to soupy to add the second layer, so I had to bake first layer for 20 minutes. Then added the last two layers then bake for 25 minutes. I also add 1/4 cup oatmeal to the third layer, because I just love oatmeal in my crumb toppings. I also made my own pie crust instead of store bought. This is worth the extra effort in a great crust.If your looking for a pie for Thanksgiving dinner this will be the perfect one. I'm baking my second pie now my family absolutely love it and demand for another pie.