Cream Cheese Cranberry Loaf

Certainly! A Cream Cheese Cranberry Loaf is a delightful combination of rich cream cheese, tart cranberries, and a sweet bread base. Here’s a simple recipe for you to try:


For the Bread:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Cranberry Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

For the Streusel Topping (Optional):

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed


1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

2. Prepare the Cranberry Filling:

  • In a small saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, and water.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

3. Make the Bread Batter:

  • In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in the cream cheese and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix.

4. Assemble the Loaf:

  • Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Spoon the cranberry filling evenly over the batter.
  • Top with the remaining batter, spreading it to cover the cranberry layer.

5. Optional Streusel Topping:

  • In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, and cold cubed butter.
  • Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle the streusel topping over the batter.

6. Bake:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. Cool:

  • Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

8. Serve:

  • Once completely cooled, slice and serve. Enjoy your Cream Cheese Cranberry Loaf!

This moist and flavorful loaf is perfect for the holiday season or any time you’re craving a delicious sweet treat.

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