Cranberry Bread Grandma R’s Old Fashioned Recipe

If you are looking for a good old fashioned cranberry bread this is the recipe for you! It smells like home while baking and tastes like a visit with grandma! Just plain comforting and good. Exactly what I look for in a vintage recipe. It would be an excellent addition to a holiday breakfast or brunch. Of course goes well with a cup of coffee and a good friend too!

Vintage, typed recipe card for cranberry spice bread on a lace trimmed linen.

If you have looked at any of my other recipes you will know that 1. I love sweets and 2. I really love quick breads! This is a nice change from my usual and family favorite Banana Bread Recipe. I also really loved this Apricot Quick Bread, very light with great citrus flavor. This is definitely the best cranberry bread recipe! I know you are going to love it!

Cranberry bread sliced on yellow plate.

What are quick breads?

Quick breads are a type of bread that don’t use yeast. Instead they are leavened with baking powder and baking soda.

Quick breads have evolved as a distinctly different tradition after the introduction of baking powder in 1850. Before that, breads and cakes were leavened with yeast.

Crafty Baking

There are two types of quick breads. Those made with a batter like this cranberry bread and other quick loaf breads, muffins, and corn bread. And ones made with a dough like biscuits and scones.

Quick breads are so popular because they can be made easily and reliably without having to mess around with yeast! No waiting for the dough to proof. Just mix, pour, and bake.

Whole loaf of old fashioned cranberry bread on a yellow Fiestaware plate.

Tips for Cranberry bread

  • Try adding some dried cranberries instead of all or some of the nuts. This will really increase the cranberry flavor.
  • If you can resist try letting the baked cranberry bread cool and rest on a wire rack for at least an hour before cutting. Even better is overnight but I never can wait that long!
  • Decrease the baking time by using a mini loaf pan. Mini loafs are perfect for sharing.
  • You can easily omit the nuts if you prefer. I didn’t use them and the cranberry bread was still delicious.

Storing Cranberry bread

Once completely cooled wrap tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. This cranberry bread should keep for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 6 days when refrigerated.

This recipe freezes very well. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil, I usually double wrap it just to be safe, then place in a freezer bag. It is good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To use after freezing let thaw at room temperature for one hour, unwrap and transfer to a baking sheet or loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes until heated all the way through. Then let it cool before slicing.

Cranberry Bread: Grandma R's Old Fashioned Recipe

  • Servings: 12
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A good old fashioned cranberry bread. It smells like home while baking and tastes like a visit with grandma!

– Replace some or all nuts with dried cranberries for a more intense flavor.
– Let cool on a wire rack for at least an hour before slicing.



  • 2 Cups flour
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Cup chopped nuts
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Cup whole cranberry sauce drained
  • 2 Tablespoons melted shortening


  1. In a large mixing bowl mix the dry ingredients, stir in nuts.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl beat the egg, add cranberry sauce, and shortening, mix well.
  3. Add cranberry mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Spread into a greased loaf pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.


Per Serving: 221 calories; 86 g fat; 32.9 g carbohydrates; 4.6 g protein; 14 mg cholesterol; 329 mg sodium.

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I sure hope you enjoy this easy cranberry bread recipe! Be sure to stay awhile and check out some of the others I have shared.

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I’d love to see what vintage recipes you are making! Find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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