Christmas Cranberry Cobbler

Christmas Cranberry Cobbler is a great dessert on Christmas Eve that tastes even better leftover on Christmas morning. The extra sugared cranberries on top give this cobbler a sweet and tart flavor, plus the crystalized sugar that forms after baking gives it just the right amount of texture. 

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Who called for crumbly, golden, cranberry goodness?

Oh yea, I guess that was me…

I am SO excited for the holidays and this new dish is just the best thing since sliced crusty bread in my book.

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It’s the lazy girl’s guide to happiness, in dessert form really. This Christmas cranberry cobbler is a direct result of an incredible lazy streak when it comes to cooking for anything outside of the wedding I’m catering tomorrow.

I may seem like I’m cool on the surface, but if you could get inside my head, it’s a total mess.

Ok, maybe I am not so cool on the surface. I sure like to pretend that I am though… 😉

Of course I know I can do it, and I may be guilty of putting an insane amount of pressure on myself, but there’s a mild freakout happening right about now.

It’s forced my Type-A organized self to come out in full force with about 20 lists and labeling of all containers and dishes. If you walked into my kitchen, you’d turn right around because it’s a big bunch o’ crazy right now.

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Instead of attempting to make a complicated Christmas cake (it really was on my list this year, but I couldn’t make it happen), I opted for a simple dessert that also doubles as breakfast (presently eating a slice as we speak…). As much as I love the idea of making a layered stunning cake, I know my limitations.

I am not a master cake artist. I accept this. It’s ok that I can’t do everything. Woo saaaa… (anyone get the Bad Boys II reference right there? LOL)

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When you’re cooking Christmas Eve dinner the day after busting out a catering gig, there’s no way I’m making things harder on myself at my favorite time of year. Christmas Day is the day to treat myself. It’s the day where I do nothing but eat, drink and be merry.

My plan this Christmas? This cobbler for breakfast, mimosas, pjs, presents, card games and endless puppy snuggles (or as many as she’ll allow me…).

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Oh and screaming “SANTA!” at the top of my lungs as I open the gifts from Santa that’ll inevitably show up under the Christmas tree. Did I mention he and I are besties?

Not as close as Alton Brown and I are in my head, but he’s right up there. The big man just loves me. 🙂

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I might be a little too wound up at the moment… Sugar high? Definitely.

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Christmas Cranberry Cobbler

Christmas Cranberry Cobbler

Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Dessert and breakfast in one sweet and tart skillet? Oh yea, baby.


  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted + more for the pan
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup + 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a 10-inch cast iron skillet.
  2. In a small bowl, toss together the cranberries and 4 Tbsp of sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, milk, sugar, egg and vanilla. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring to combine.
  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared cast iron skillet. Scatter the sugared cranberries over the top of the batter evenly.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature (surprisingly awesome at room temp by the way!).

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12 Responses to “Christmas Cranberry Cobbler”

  1. Barely Vegan — December 22, 2015 at 5:43 pm (#)

    I’m so behind on reading my fav blogs!  Man I missed out.  Those Pomegranate Pork Tacos and Peppermint Biscotti went in my list of recipes to try, as will this Cranberry Cobbler!!  I like baked goods that have little bites of fresh fruit in them.  This looks great!  Good luck on catering the wedding. I know it will be great!  I remember my catering days. Catering stressed me out so much I think I developed a twitch.  haha!  

  2. Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers — December 22, 2015 at 5:48 pm (#)

    Beautiful Meghan! And so perfect for Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday!!

  3. marla — July 1, 2016 at 10:59 am (#)

    Love this cranberry cobbler recipe…must try!

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  7. Marly — November 23, 2018 at 6:58 am (#)

    This recipe is fantastic! My sweetie and I browned a few walnut bits in butter in the cast irpn and mixed em into the batter and made the recipe as-is for Thanksgiving. Yummy, thanks!

    • Meghan Y. — November 23, 2018 at 8:47 am (#)

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it!

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  9. Karen C — December 3, 2018 at 4:32 pm (#)

    The cranberry-cobbler cake was excellent! The sugar may not adhere to all the cranberries- just sprinkle it evenly across the top before baking! Super-yum!

    • Meghan Y. — December 4, 2018 at 11:59 am (#)

      Yay! I am so glad you loved it!

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