Christmas Cranberry Mini Loaf Gift Bread

Cranberry mini loaf gift breads recipe

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  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Servings: 6 to 9 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
326 Calories
19g Fat
34g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 9
Amount per serving
Calories 326
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 420mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 6g
Calcium 210mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Handing out gift breads during the holidays is a tradition kept in many families, especially when it comes to Christmas gift giving. These are not "cheap" breads to make, but they certainly are not expensive, either. The fresh, chopped cranberries (found in the fresh fruit section of the grocery store during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons) give these breads a delightful twist. These beautiful cranberry mini loaf gift breads are perfect for friends and family. They are also great breads to sell at fundraisers.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2/3 cup butter (chilled)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 F.

    Ingredients for cranberry mini loaf gift breads
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  2. Grease 3 mini loaf pans.

    Grease loaf pans
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  3. In large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

    Mix together flour, baking powder
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  4. Cut butter into thin slices and add to bowl. Break butter into mixture with fingers until mixture is crumbly.

    Cut butter
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  5. Stir in the brown sugar.

    Stir in brown sugar
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  6. Add chopped cranberries, milk, and eggs and stir. The batter should be thick, but not dry. If necessary, add more milk, a tablespoon at a time.

    Add chopped cranberries
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  7. Scrape batter into the greased mini loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour or until done.

    Scrape batter in pans
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  8. Turn loaves out and let cool on rack.

    Turn loaves out
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  9. In small bowl, mix the confectioner’s sugar with a small amount of water to make the icing.

    Mix confectioner's sugar
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  10. Drizzle icing over the breads. Let icing harden before moving the breads.

    Drizzle icing
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  11. Serve and enjoy!

    Cut slices
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