Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (2024)

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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!

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Homemade Ice Cream For Thanksgiving

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!

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

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

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (5)

Cranberry Ice Cream

Yield: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

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!

Ingredients

Cranberry Puree

  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 12 oz Fresh Cranberries, cleaned & sorted
  • 2 Tb Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Ice Cream

  • 1½ Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1½ Cups Whole Milk
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1¼ Cups Cranberry Puree

Instructions

  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.

Notes

*This ice cream still has a tart flavor. Add extra sugar if you prefer a very mildly tart taste.

Nutrition Information

Yield 8Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 305Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 55mgSodium 106mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 2gSugar 31gProtein 3g

Nutritional information on WonkyWonderful is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

More Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes:

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie and/or Milkshake

Cranberry Sauce Smoothie

Hot Chocolate Fudge

Jeweled Crispy Treats

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  1. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (6)Chris @ Shared Appetite says

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

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  2. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (7)tanya says

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

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    • Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (8)Nicole Harris says

      Thanks Tanya! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

      Reply

  3. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (9)Anne ~ Uni Homemaker says

    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! 🙂

    Reply

  4. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (11)Maria says

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

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    • Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (12)Nicole Harris says

      Thanks Maria!

      Reply

  5. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (13)Di@CookTheTV says

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

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    • Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (14)Nicole Harris says

      Thanks Di!

      Reply

  6. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (15)Olga @ MangoTomato says

    BRILLIANT! Made it. Loved it. Thank you 😉

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    • Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (16)Nicole Harris says

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

      Reply

  7. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (17)janet pesaturo says

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

    Reply

  8. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (18)Dave M. says

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

    Reply

    • Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (19)Nicole Harris says

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

      Reply

      • Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (20)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.

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        • Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (21)Nicole Harris says

        • You can definitely taste the cranberry in this ice cream! The chocolate sounds tasty too! Enjoy 🙂
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  9. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (22)tobreth s hansen says

    We love this. I froze 8-10 cups of cranberries last year. I had been planning to make ice-cream, but took me forever to get around to it. Found this recipe and it is such a hit. We are making another batch today. Possibly my new favorite homemade ice-cream!

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    • Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (23)Nicole Harris says

      Love the tart sweet combo 😀

      Reply

  10. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (24)Hannah Kamac says

    How many servings does this ice cream recipe make? Ie would it fit into a quart container or pint container etc? I plan on making this for Thanksgiving dessert. Thanks 🙂

    Reply

  11. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (25)haniya says

    hey, what is the substitute for orange juice in this recipe

    Reply

  12. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (26)Cindy says

    Just made a gluten-free apple cranberry pie to try out before Thanksgiving and I was thinking of serving with the usual vanilla ice cream but I think I will try this cranberry version! Thanks!

    Reply

  13. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe :: Cranberry Ice Cream - WonkyWonderful (27)Lisa M says

    This was brilliant. We’ll be very sad to finish it up. I made three flavors including spiked eggnog and sweet potato. This was 110% my favorite. I’ll need to make it again next year. Wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply

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