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Cranberry Orange Bread

This cranberry orange bread is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy with moist texture and a tender crumb. Topped with orange glaze it’s perfect for the holiday season.

Other favorite quick bread recipes we love include this easy banana bread, lemon blueberry zucchini bread and pumpkin cream cheese bread.

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Orange Glazed Cranberry Bread

This cranberry orange bread recipe is a family favorite around Thanksgiving and Christmas time and is perfect for gift giving, too. This bread recipe just like my zucchini bread and cranberry banana bread is simple to make!

It’s so festive with the bright red cranberries. Cranberry recipes during the holidays are the best, from apple cranberry pie to cranberry orange shortbread cookies and these white chocolate cranberry cookies!

It’s perfect for breakfast on a cold day with a cup of hot chocolate or tea. Or add some chocolate chips and it becomes dessert!

How to Make Cranberry Orange Bread

cranberry orange bread batter in pan
  • Make batter. In a large bowl, using a whisk combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, orange juice and zest, vanilla extract, and melted butter. Combine ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Fold in cranberries. Gently fold in cranberries and chocolate chips if using.
  • Bake and cool. Pour batter evenly into the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack then remove bread pan.
  • Combine glaze ingredients. Drizzle orange glaze over top, then slice and enjoy!

Best Glaze for Cranberry Orange Bread

The orange glaze is optional, but boy does it take this bread up a notch. It has a sweet taste, with an extra boost of orange flavor from the fresh orange juice and zest. It’s the perfect finishing touch!

Simply mix together the powdered sugar, fresh orange juice, orange zest and vanilla until smooth, then drizzle it over the top of the cooled loaf. Wait a few minutes before slicing, so that the icing has time to harden. Then slice and enjoy!

Baking Tips

  • Freeze the cranberries for 5 minutes before adding into the batter so that they don’t burst while mixing.
  • It also helps to dust the cranberries with flour before folding them in so that they don’t sink to the bottom.
  • Make sure not to over mix the batter, or else the bread won’t be as soft and moist.
  • Add a few extra cranberries or chocolate chips on top right before baking. It adds a nice pop of color and makes the bread look extra pretty and festive.
  • You can double the recipe to make two loaves – one loaf for enjoying immediately and the other for freezing or gifting.
  • If adding glaze, wait until the bread has cooled completely before drizzling on top.
cranberry orange bread with orange glaze


Feel free to make this cranberry orange bread recipe your own! Add in extras like chopped walnuts, pecans or mini chocolate chips for more texture and flavor.

Instead of orange glaze, a simple cream cheese glaze or powdered sugar icing would also taste delicious on top.

You could even skip the glaze and add a streusel topping or for more decadence use an orange buttercream like I do in these orange sweet rolls.

Storing + Freezing

  • To store: Once cooled, this cranberry bread will stay fresh at room temperature for about 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. You may also store it in the fridge so that it will last a few days longer.
  • To freeze: Wrap the loaf in foil or plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag. It will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in fridge overnight.
cranberry orange bread sliced

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Cranberry Orange Bread

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
An easy-to-make quick bread filled with fresh, juicy cranberries, orange juice and zest, and then topped with a sweet orange glaze. This cranberry orange bread is perfect to make this holiday season!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter , melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 egg , whisked
  • ¾ cups orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest from an orange
  • 1 ½ cups whole fresh cranberries , more for top if desired

Optional: Orange glaze (ingredients and instructions in notes below) and or 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5″ loaf pan with cooking spray. Place the cranberries in a bowl and freeze for 5 minutes.
    • Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl, using a whisk or a for until well blended.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, orange juice and zest, vanilla extract, and melted butter.
    • Pour wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir just until blended – do not over mix. Gently fold in cranberries and chocolate chips (if desired).
    • Pour batter evenly into the baking pan. Bake for about 50-60 minutes. It’s done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Cool on a rack, then gently slide a sharp knife around the bread to loosen and remove from the pan. Drizzle orange glaze over top if desired (recipe in notes below). Then slice and enjoy!


    Orange glaze:
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
    • Zest of 1 orange
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    Drizzle over the top of the bread once cooled. 


    Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: bread
    Cuisine: American

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