Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream

Enjoy this Cranberry Ice Cream Recipe just in time for the holidays!  This unique Thanksgiving dessert recipe is sure to become a family favorite tradition!

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream -

I love the traditional holiday dessert recipes as much as the next gal.  But I also love to change it up a bit, try something new.

This Cranberry Ice Cream Recipe is a fantastic Thanksgiving dessert.  It has all of the tart cranberry flavor blended with creamy, sugary deliciousness!

Okay so, what I don’t understand is why Cranberries and Cream is not a thing!?!  Just try mixing cranberries with something sweet and creamy . . . you’ll know what I mean.

After I made a Cranberry Sauce Smoothie with last year’s Thanksgiving leftovers, I was hooked!  I have been craving more Cranberries and Cream ever since.  In fact, I plan on freezing several bags of fresh cranberries so that I don’t have to wait all year for my fix!

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream -

When the cranberries are mixed with sugar and cream, the flavor reminds me of raspberries crossed with cherries. 

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream -

Cold. Creamy. Sweet. Tart. Ice Cream Perfection.

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream -

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Cranberry Ice Cream
Author: WonkyWonderful
Cranberry Puree
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 12 oz Fresh Cranberries cleaned & sorted
  • 2 Tb Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Ice Cream
  • Cups Heavy Cream
  • Cups Whole Milk
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • Cups Cranberry Puree
  1. Over medium heat - cook the water, salt and cranberries for 6-7 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Puree the cranberries and orange juice in a blender or food processor. (will make about 1¼ cups puree)
  4. Refrigerate cranberry puree for several hours or until cold.
Ice Cream
  1. Place your desired ice cream container into the freezer. I use a loaf pan.
  2. Mix together the cream, milk, sugar and cranberry puree.
  3. Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. Once the mixture is frozen and creamy, transfer to the cold ice cream container.
  5. Freeze for at least 4-6 hours.
  6. Thaw for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes
*This ice cream still has a tart flavor. Add extra sugar if you prefer a very mildly tart taste.

More Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes:

Cranberries & Cream

Cranberries and Cream - Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Made With Cranberry Sauce -

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie and/or Milkshake

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie and Milkshake Recipe - quick and easy Thanksgiving dessert -

Cranberry Sauce Smoothie

Cranberry Sauce Smoothie

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  1. Mmmm raspberries crossed with cherries, huh?! Sold! I’ll try it 🙂

  2. I don’t mind a little tartness at all! This is so pretty Nicole!

  3. This looks gorgeous! I love how vibrant this cranberry ice cream is. I just want to take a big spoon and dig right in! YUM! 🙂

  4. Ohhhh I’ve never thought of making cranberry ice-cream! It sounds so delicious and refreshing! And I LOVE the beautiful color of it!

  5. I love tart and sweet together. Looks so good, I bet it tasted as good as it looks!

  6. BRILLIANT! Made it. Loved it. Thank you 😉

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Olga! I love your post and the photos! I don’t like to fuss with custard based ice creams either 😀

  7. Looks delicious! Thx for sharing on Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways!

  8. I love the taste of cranberries! Thinking about making my own version of this recipe. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Dave! One of my readers made it with dark chocolate chunks and that looked delicious!

      • Amy Walters says:

        Dark…..Chocolate…..Chunks…… what a great idea!
        I made a Cranberry Ice Cream last Thanksgiving. recipe from Taste of Home magazine. while it was good, instructions said to strain the cooked cranberries and only use the juice from it, and also called for a cup of orange juice in the ice cream mixture itself, so the ice cream tasted more like orange sherbet with a little cranberry flavor…. yours sounds WAAAAY more cranberry-ish, and will be what I make this year…. and may very well have to add the chocolate chunks.

        • Nicole Harris says:
        • You can definitely taste the cranberry in this ice cream! The chocolate sounds tasty too! Enjoy 🙂

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