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Favorite Cranbery Coffee Cake

I saw a contest in a local newspaper and worked up this recipe. It won first prize in the dessert category! Cranberries grow in this region of the country, so this recipe represents our area well.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a greased 9-in. square baking pan, combine cranberries, walnuts and 1 cup of sugar. In a bowl, cream butter and the remaining sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Drop batter by large tablespoonfuls over cranberry mixture; carefully spread to cover. For topping, combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Dec 5, 2015

    This was a great way to use up cranberries after Thanksgiving. I will make it again when I have extra cranberries, but I don't think it will become my go to coffe cake recipe. II replaced half the butter with applesauce and used half whole wheat flour instead of all all-purpose.

  • comesmom
    Nov 14, 2010

    I have made this many times. It is a delicious coffee cake that everyone loves.