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Cranberry Coffee Cake

"This recipe was given to me by a former neighbor," pens Doris Brearley from Vestal, New York. The yummy cake relies on baking mix, canned cranberry sauce and an easy nut topping, so it's truly a quick bread.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, combine the biscuit mix, sugar, milk and egg. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Drop cranberry sauce by teaspoonfuls over batter. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over cranberry sauce.
  • Bake at 400° for 18-23 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over coffee cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 311 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 363mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • manga
    Sep 26, 2018

    I found the base of the coffee cake to be on the dry side, which I believe is due to the bisquick. I think it would be better if the cranberry was in the middle of the cake instead of on top. As I cut it, pieces of cranberry were toppling off.

  • raeman
    Aug 4, 2013

    No comment left

  • mellowinRI
    Jul 24, 2013

    Mu husband likes a particular coffee cake and frowns on any other that I attempt to serve him - till this one. He's been happily eating this coffee cake every morning and just had a piece for a snack. "Where did you get this recipe?" he asked me. "It's really GOOD!" I asked him if it is moist enough and he said yes, very...which is great because I find cakes made with Bisquick to be kind of dry sometimes. I have already added this recipe to my "Favorites" because Jack loves it and it was very quick and easy to make. The only thing I did differently was to add a dash of almond flavoring to the glaze since almond goes so well with cranberry! Thank you for this "keeper" of a recipe!

  • Midlo Mary
    Jan 25, 2011

    I was so excited to see this recipe and had to try it since Doris Brearley is one of the best cooks in NYS! I lived with the Brearley family in Vestal when I was a 1st-year teacher in 1968-69. Many of her recipes are among my cherished collection of family favorites to this day! You've still got it, Mrs. B! I love you!Mary Dillon, Midlothian, VA