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The Best Whipped Cranberry Butter

Wondering what to do with leftover cranberry sauce? Make this easy Cranberry Butter recipe! It’s a delicious accompaniment to toast or biscuits and is a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving! You’ll love how tasty this whipped cranberry butter is and how easy the recipe is to prepare.

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Creating This Cranberry Butter Recipe

I promised when I shared my recipe for Cranberry Orange Relish that I’d share some leftover cranberry sauce uses after Thanksgiving. I already showed you how to make these cute Mini Cranberry Tarts.

Whipped Cranberry Butter is another delicious way to use up leftover cranberry sauce. I love it spread on hot toast or Buttermilk Biscuits fresh from the oven.

Whipped Cranberry Butter is one of those recipes that looks and tastes impressive, but it is a snap to prepare.

It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes and you’ve got a sweet, tangy, butter spread to accompany your Holiday table.

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What is Cranberry Butter

Cranberry butter is really simple. It is just whipped butter combined with cranberry sauce.

You’ll get to enjoy the combination of fluffy, salty butter with the flavor of fresh cranberries studded throughout.

Tools Needed to Make this Recipe for Cranberry Butter

You’ll need a few different tools to prepare this cranberry butter. Here’s what I recommend having on hand before beginning this easy whipped butter recipe:

  • Measuring Cup – to measure the cranberry sauce.
  • Microplane Zester – to zest the orange peel.
  • Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer with Mixing Bowl – to whip the butter with the cranberry sauce and orange zest.
  • Flexible Spatula – to scrape the sides of the bowl as you beat the butter.
  • Storage Container – a bowl with a lid or a jar works well.
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Ingredients for Cranberry Butter

To make this whipped cranberry butter recipe, you’ll need just two basic ingredients: cranberry sauce and salted butter (I recommend Kerrygold)

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

Can I Subtitute Non-Dairy Butter?

Possibly, but I can’t say for sure since I’ve only tested this whipped butter recipe with real butter. I think it is probably worth a try!

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How to Make Whipped Cranberry Butter

In just 5 minutes, you can have homemade cranberry butter on the table, ready to be slathered on top of bagels, toast, biscuits, and more!

Here’s an overview of how the recipe is made:

  1. Add butter to a medium sized bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add the cranberry sauce and beat until incorporated into the butter and the mixture is light and airy.

Note: For a larger batch, I recommend using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

Tips for Making the Best Cranberry Butter

  • If you only have unsalted butter on hand, feel free to use it. Just make sure to add a healthy pinch of salt to the cranberry butter to balance out the flavors.
  • Check out these tips to soften butter quickly before starting this recipe; you’ll want to start with softened butter.
  • If you want the mixture to remain spreadable after refrigeration, you will have to incorporate some oil into the mixture.
  • Alternatively, just bring the cranberry butter to room temperature after refrigeration before you serve.
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How Should I Store Cranberry Butter?

Here’s everything you need to know about the different storage options for this cranberry butter recipe, how to package the butter, and how long it is good for:

Do I Need to Refrigerate this Cranberry Butter?

Yes, this cranberry butter butter is best stored in the refrigerator if you have leftovers.

If you served it in a bowl, simply cover the bowl with plastic wrap. An airtight container also works.

If you rolled it into a log, then just roll it back up into the parchment paper, twist the ends, and place in the fridge.

Can I Freeze this Cranberry Butter?

Yes, this cranberry butter recipe stores great in the freezer.

Freezing a batch of cranberry butter is a great way to extend its shelf life. Freezing is also a great option if you want to prepare your butter in advance and store it for a later date. Here’s how:

Transfer the whipped cranberry butter to an airtight container, label with date and contents, and transfer to the freezer.

How Long Does Cranberry Butter Last?

You can store this recipe for cranberry butter in the fridge for up to 5 days and in the freezer for 1-2 months.

Let refrigerated cranberry butter sit on the counter for 20-30 minutes so it can reach a spreadable consistency.

To use frozen cranberry butter, let it thaw on the counter for about an hour or in the refrigerator overnight.

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Ways to Use this Whipped Butter with Cranberries

Whipped Cranberry Butter is one of the easiest ways to dress up simple recipes. The list could go on and on, but here are some of my favorite uses.

Cranberry Butter for Homemade Gifting

This cranberry butter makes a great holiday gift for neighbors alongside a loaf of homemade bread or a batch of muffins!).

For a pretty gift, package this delicious spread rolled up in parchment paper and tie the ends with pretty ribbon. Or package it in cute mason jars

Homemade cranberry butter also makes a great simple and inexpensive hostess gift when attending holiday parties.

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Try this Delicious Cranberry Butter Recipe!

Next time you’re looking for a new fruit butter recipe to try, give this cranberry orange butter a try!

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More Leftover Cranberry Sauce Recipes:

Be sure to check out my Guide to Thanksgiving Leftovers! You’ll find a great selection of recipes that can be made using your leftover Thanksgiving turkey, ham, and cranberry sauce.

These Mini Cranberry Tarts will help you use up any leftover cranberry sauce from your Thanksgiving meal. They’re the perfect fall appetizer and take just 30 minutes to make!

Leftover Turkey Sandwiches are a great way to use up leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, and rolls!

Stir some leftover Cranberry Sauce or Cranberry Relish into real Maple Syrup to make Cranberry Orange Maple Syrup. This tastes great on homemade waffles!

Stir some leftover cranberry sauce into plain yogurt for some Cranberry Yogurt! You can layer it in a glass with granola for a special breakfast treat!

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Whipped Cranberry Butter

Yield: 1 2/3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Whipped Cranberry Butter is a great way to use leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving!



Making the Cranberry Butter

  1. Add the butter to a medium sized mixing bowl. Beat the butter until fluffy using a hand mixer with beater attachments; scrape the sides of the bowl down as needed using a flexible silicone spatula.
  • Tip: For a larger batch, I recommend using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
  • After the butter has been whipped, add the orange zest and cranberry sauce.
  • Continue to beat until the ingredients are incorporated into the butter and the mixture is light and airy.
  • Butter can be served immediately or chilled before use.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  • Shaping Cranberry Butter into a Cylinder

    If you wish to serve the butter in a log so that it can be sliced, here's how to form it:

    1. Place the softened cranberry butter down the center of a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap.
    2. Then, fold one end of the parchment over the top of the butter.
    3. With a straight edge (a ruler or bench scraper works great), push the butter back into a cylinder while you hold the paper down over top.
    4. After that, roll the the butter forward into a roll.
    5. Twist the ends (like a tootsie roll!)
    6. Place the rolled cylinder of butter in the fridge to chill until firm.
    7. When ready to serve, unroll the cranberry butter and slice.


    Do I Need to Refrigerate this Cranberry Butter?

    Yes, it should be stored wrapped or covered in the refrigerator.

    Can I Freeze this Cranberry Butter?

    Yes, transfer the whipped cranberry butter to an airtight container, label with date and contents, and transfer to the freezer.

    How Long Does Cranberry Butter Last?

    5-7 days refrigerated or 1-2 months in the freezer.

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    Nutrition Information
    Yield 12 Serving Size about 2 tablespoons
    Amount Per Serving Calories 167Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 41mgSodium 123mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 0g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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    Saturday 29th of August 2015

    I always test recipes a few months before the holidays, this coming week I'll try your whipped cranberry butter w/ roasted chicken.

    Becca B

    Wednesday 21st of November 2012

    Season tilapia with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Sautee in a pan with olive oil. Cook fish on both sides. Once cooked and opaque in color, remove from the pan and add in BUTTER, chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Scrape up the bits from the bottom of the pan and cook the butter down to make a delicious lemon butter garlic sauce. Top with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!


    Sunday 18th of November 2012

    One of my favorite butter recipes is for a savory Garlic Butter for seasoned and grilled steak: Add 2 cloves of fresh, minced garlic and 1 Tablespoon of fresh minced parsley to 1 stick of salted butter. Mix all ingredients together until creamy and thoroughly mixed. Use immediately, or store in the refrigerator.


    Saturday 25th of August 2012

    OMG that looks super delicious!!! I want to put that on everything!!! Thanks so much for the recipe! I am very excited to try! :)

    Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates

    Sunday 27th of November 2011

    I love cranberry and I love butter so - yum!! What a great combo - I've got to try this!

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