Cranberry Walnut Pie

Cranberry walnut pie is the perfect Thanksgiving pie. There’s almond extract in the batter, giving it a sweet and distinct amaretto flavor, which pairs perfectly with tart, juicy cranberries and toasted walnuts. And although it’s considered a pie, it has more of an upside-down cake consistency, with a layer of cake on top of plump cranberries and toasted walnuts. It’s the easiest pie recipe to make yet it’s so pretty for the holidays, with the studding of cranberries peeking through the golden top.

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Pie

My mother and I have made this Cranberry Walnut Pie recipe for the past 20 years. I’ve made it so many times that I know the recipe by heart; that’s how tried and true it is. It always has been and always will be my favorite Thanksgiving pie and now it’s the most beloved and requested each year at Thanksgiving by family, friends, and kindly workers at the post office. I personally like to bake for people who facilitate me receiving presents. A story for another day.

But don’t just take my word for it. Bake it and call me when you and everyone you know falls in love with it.

Cranberry Walnut Pie

Cranberry walnut pie has a rich buttery, almond-y flavor. There’s almond extract in the batter, giving it this delicious amaretto flavor, which pairs perfectly with tart, juicy cranberries. And although it’s considered a pie, it has more of an upside-down cake consistency, (which could explain a lot of the reason why I adore it) with a layer of cake on top of plump cranberries and toasted walnuts. It’s the easiest pie to make yet it’s so pretty for the holidays, with the studding of cranberries peeking through the golden top.

How To Make Cranberry Walnut Pie – Step By Step

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Use butter to grease the bottom and up the sides of a 10” pie plate.
  • Measure out 2 cups of cranberries, then chop them roughly. Yes, this step is very, very annoying.
  • Toast and chop the walnuts.
  • Spread the chopped cranberries and walnuts over the bottom of the pie plate. Sprinkle the mixture with ¼ cup of sugar, then toss it all together.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and 1 cup of sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the melted butter. Add the eggs and almond extract and mix until smooth. Do not over-mix.
  • Pour the batter on top of the cranberry walnut mixture and bake until the top is puffed and golden, 30-35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
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An Easy Pie Recipe

This sweet and tart pie makes for such a satisfying dessert and it’s so simple to make! It doesn’t have an avalanche of ingredients. In fact, most ingredients may well be in your kitchen already. It only takes 15 mins to prep, you can use a food processor to pulse the walnuts and cranberries, so chopping is a cinch.

This is a great pie if you already have a bursting thanksgiving menu and need an easy dessert to add in. Or even just a quick pie to whip up for a cozy fall evening!

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Cranberry Walnut Pie

Cranberry walnut pie is the perfect Thanksgiving pie. There's almond extract in the batter, giving it this sweet and distinct amaretto flavor, which pairs perfectly with tart, juicy cranberries and toasted walnuts. And although it's considered a pie, it has more of an upside-down cake consistency, with a layer of cake on top of plump cranberries and toasted walnuts. It's the easiest pie to make yet it's so pretty for the holidays, with the studding of cranberries peeking through the golden top.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry pie recipe, cranberry walnut pie, holiday cranberry pie, walnut pie recipe
Servings: 12 servings (makes 1 10″ pie)
Calories: 271kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts toasted and chopped
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled (1 ½ sticks)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp almond extract (This is an absolute must in the recipe, do not skip it)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350º. Butter the bottom and up the sides of a 10” pie plate.
  • Spread the chopped cranberries and walnuts over the bottom of the pie plate. Sprinkle the mixture with ¼ cup of the sugar, tossing the cranberries and walnuts in the sugar.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and remaining 1 cup of sugar. Beat in the melted butter. Add the eggs and almond extract and mix until just combined. o not over-mix.
  • Pour the batter over the cranberry walnut mixture, pushing it to the edges and smoothing the top with a spatula. Bake until the top is puffed and just beginning to turn golden, 30 to 33 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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44 thoughts on “Cranberry Walnut Pie

  1. Cindy

    Your story kills me! I love your stories wrapped around your AMAZING recipes. It’s like food for the soul and for the belly too!

    and now I am making this. I absolutely have everything and it will end my sort of painfull week off perfectly.

    Fall is here and I have been aching to embrace it completely.

    I think I will just have this for dinner. Why the hell not, It’s Thrusday!
    xo

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  2. Margaret

    I don’t really like pie (don’t judge, I know it’s weird..), but next time I see cranberries in the grocery store, I will be making this pie! This.Looks.Amazing!
    Your blog is great!! One of my favorites!

    Reply
    1. Can You Stay for Dinner

      Thanks, Margaret! It’s really really kind of you to read and say such nice things. I would never think it odd that you don’t like pies, I would only dislike it if you didn’t like desserts. That’s a whole other problem. But really, this is almondy buttery and scrumptious. I hope you make it someday!

      Reply
  3. Cindy

    ANDREA…I had to come back and tell yoiu I made your cranberry walnut pie last night, and my husband bout fell out of his chair! He broke into it before I came down from getting the baby ready for bed.
    The whole family loved it and this recipe is going to be a family favorite. PERFECT for the holidays too!

    Thanks for sharing your amazing pie recipe with us!
    xo

    Reply
  4. Healthy Coconut

    This pie is so colorful and appetizing. I think I eat with my eyes and attracted to food with plenty of colors.

    I think that making pies are hard but I’ve never tried it so I shouldn’t say it’s hard without making it first.

    Reply
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  6. ahlterra

    I’m allergic to walnuts, but I’m wondering if almonds might be a suitable replacement? Probably, right? I mean it’s not going to be the traditional pie, but at least it won’t make me go to the hospital.

    Reply
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  8. Tracy

    I don’t know what I want more……a big bowl of that warm pie or for you to take up writing books. You have such a natural way of grasping my attention and making me want to read (and try everything you cook) more!
    Thank you for that!

    Reply
  9. Holly

    I’m bringing this pie to our Christmas gathering. Could I pass it off as a sort of coffee cake to have with coffee for Christmas morning?

    Reply
    1. admin

      Hey Holly,

      Yes, I think it could work as a breakfast cake/bread. It’s not super duper sweet, and it does have a dense, hearty texture that’d be perfect for non-dessert eating :)

      Andie

      Reply
  10. Prak

    Hi,
    The recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups of sugar, but the instructions only call for using 1/4 of it to sprinkle on top of the cranberries + walnuts. Is the rest to be mixed in with the flour + salt, or am I missing something. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. admin

      Hi Prak,
      Sorry, my mistake in writing the recipe- edited now! You add the remaining 1 cup of sugar to the flour mixture. See instructions above. Thanks for pointing it out!

      Andie

      Reply
  11. Sandy

    Now I know why I don’t make many desserts. This looked so easy, but not for me! What is an efficient way to chop cranberries that roll all over the place?! Also, my batter did not pour. It was pretty thick. What did I do wrong? Nonetheless, it’s smelling good in the oven!

    Reply
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  14. Lenis

    Its in the oven right now!! But i did it with almonds instead i dont really love walnuts and noticed someone had asked about swapping for almonds it smells DELICIOUS! Getting together with some friends tomorrow will probably make another one to take.

    Reply
  15. Susan P

    I just popped this in the oven and I’m concerned because the cake mixture was not “pourable” but like a brownie batter. I’m hoping it turns out! Will let you know.

    Reply
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      1. Sonja

        Ok, thanks for replying! I’ve never seen fresh cranberries for sale in Australia, so I’ll have to come up with something else :)

        Reply

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