Cranberry Cobbler with Brown Sugar Pecan Crust

This cranberry cobbler is so delicious with the traditional cobbler topping followed by a brown sugar pecan crust added on top and baked until golden. This is an incredibly delicious cobbler recipe perfect for the holidays.

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Cranberry and orange is one of the most iconic holiday flavors you’ll find. This delicious combination is almost always found in homemade cranberry sauce as well as delicious treats like muffins. I decided to take that classic combo and turn it into a cobbler, and it is delicious. I’ve been making it for the past 5 or 6 years, and it’s always a big hit with everyone. That sweet and tangy filling with a delicious cobbler topping and crust of brown sugar and pecans combines all the classic holiday flavors into one super dessert that just screams holiday spirit. It’s easy to make, loaded with flavor, and an instant classic. It doesn’t get better than that!

Cranberry Cobbler

If you’re looking for a new dessert to serve this holiday season, then look no further – this cranberry cobbler is it. It starts with a sweet, tangy filling made with cranberries, oranges, orange juice, and sugar. Then, I add a classic cobbler topping and finish it off with something a little different – a crust of brown sugar and pecans. What I end up with is a cobbler that’s fully loaded with holiday flavors and a variety of textures. It’s beautiful, it’s easy, and it’s so, so good.

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Why You’ll Love This Cranberry Cobbler Recipe

  • It’s absolutely delicious and has the classic holiday flavor combination of cranberries and oranges.
  • It’s easy to make and is a family favorite cobbler recipe during the holidays.
  • The cobbler topping with the brown sugar pecan crust is out of this world delicious!


  • It’s important that your water be boiling, not just very hot, for this cobbler topping to be its best.
  • Always inspect your cranberries before using them and discard any that are soft or have dark, soft spots.
  • Valencia oranges are my go-to for this recipe because they’re so juicy and sweet.


  • Walnuts or almonds work well in place of pecans.
  • If you don’t have fresh cranberries, you can use frozen instead.

What to Serve with Cranberry Cobbler

This cranberry cobbler is loaded with classic holiday flavors, so it pairs well with all your holiday favorites. Serve it alongside:

  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Casseroles
  • Mac and cheese
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Other holiday desserts
Two white bowl full of cobbler, a bowl of cranberries, and cranberries scattered around the bowls.

Recipe FAQ

When are cranberries in season?

Cranberries are in season from October through December.

Do you need to cook cranberries before baking?

There’s no need to cook cranberries before baking. Although fresh cranberries are extremely firm to the touch, they bake up very nicely in everything without cooking them first.

Do you thaw frozen cranberries before baking?

There’s no need to thaw frozen cranberries before baking them. Simply add them to your dish in the same amount as fresh cranberries while still frozen. They’ll bake perfectly.

How long will cranberry cobbler last in the fridge?

It will last for 2 to 3 days covered in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze leftover cranberry Cobbler?

Absolutely. Any cobbler freezes very well. Either wrap the original dish in a double layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of foil or place the cobbler in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Then, freeze it for up to 3 months.

A bite of cobbler on a spoon.

How to Store and Reheat Leftover Cranberry Cobbler

Store your cobbler covered in its original dish or in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can freeze it in its original dish tightly wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil or in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

To reheat cobbler, cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until heated through.

Cranberry Cobbler Ingredients

This recipe uses simple kitchen staples to make this recipe. Chances are you already have most if not all of the ingredients in your kitchen. The ones that you don’t have are readily available at your local grocery store.

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Zest from 2 oranges
  • Orange juice
  • Cornstarch
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter 
  • Chopped pecans
A casserole dish full of cranberry cobbler covered in a cobbler topping.

How to make Cranberry Cobbler

Although there are 3 distinct parts to this cobbler, it only takes a few simple steps and a few minutes to make it. It’s an incredibly easy dish.

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a 2 1/2 to 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Rinse and sort the cranberries.

Step 2: Make the Cranberry Filling

Combine cranberries, sugar, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and cornstarch in a large bowl. Then, stir gently and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes while preparing the flour mixture. Pour the cranberries into the baking dish.

Step 3: Make the Cobbler Topping

Whisk the flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Then, mix the butter into the mixture until crumbly using a pastry cutter or two forks. Finally, pour the boiling water into the mixture and stir until combined. Spoon the mixture over the cranberry filling, gently spreading it to cover all the filling.

Step 4: Make the Brown Sugar Pecan Crust

Combine all crust ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Then, spoon the mixture evenly over the cobbler topping.

Step 5: Bake

Bake the cobbler for 55 minutes. Then, serve warm plain, with vanilla ice cream, or with whipped cream.

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Try This Delicious Cranberry Cobbler Today

This cranberry cobbler with brown sugar pecan crust combines all the best holiday flavors into one delicious dessert that’s so easy to make. It’s the perfect addition to any holiday feast, and everyone always loves it. Give this one a try and get ready for everyone at your gathering to ooh, ahh, and ask for more.

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More Delicious Cranberry Recipes You’ll Enjoy

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pastry – A delicious dessert filled with a cream cheese and cranberry filling and then drizzled with a homemade glaze. A great recipe even for brunch.

White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies – A soft, thick, and delicious cookie recipe loaded with white chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and dried raisins. The perfect cookie for cookie exchanges.

Cranberry Orange Scones – A soft, flavorful, and delicious dessert recipe made with fresh cranberries and topped with a homemade orange drizzle.

And, try this Cranberry Raspberry Pie from Deliciously Seasoned. It’s an easy, no-bake dessert recipe that only uses 5 simple ingredients and is super quick to make.

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Cranberry Cobbler with Brown Sugar Pecan Crust

Cranberry Cobbler is a delicious and tart dessert recipe that is loaded with juicy and fresh cranberries, orange zest, and a crumbly cobbler topping.

Prep Time 25 mins

Cook Time 55 mins

Total Time 1 hr 20 mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 8 Servings

Calories 614 kcal


Cranberry Filling

  • 24 ounce fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • Zest from 2 oranges
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Cobbler Topping

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • cup brown sugar
  • cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, 1 stick, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup boiling water

Brown Sugar Pecan Crust

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup butter, melted


Cranberry Filling

  • Rinse cranberries and place in a large bowl.

  • Sprinkle sugar, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and cornstarch over cranberries. Stir gently and let sit for 10 minutes while preparing the flour mixture.

  • Pour cranberries into prepared baking dish.

Cobbler Topping

  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder and salt together until combined.

  • Using a pastry blender, or two forks, mix butter into flour mixture until crumbly.

  • Pour boiling water into flour mixture. Stir until combined.

  • Spoon topping mixture over cranberries and gently spread making sure to cover the cranberries completely.

Brown Sugar Pecan Crust

  • In a small bowl add all the brown sugar pecan crust ingredients. Stir to combine.

  • Spoon brown sugar pecan mixture evenly over cobbler topping.

  • Bake for 55 minutes.

  • Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped topping and enjoy.


Nutritional values are approximate.


Please note that these values can change with different brands and any modifications made to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements.


Calories: 614kcalCarbohydrates: 98gProtein: 4gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 298mgPotassium: 294mgFiber: 5gSugar: 68gVitamin A: 604IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 2mg

Keyword Brown Sugar Pecan Crust, Cranberry Cobbler, Cranberry Orange Cobbler

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