Monday, November 30, 2020

Cranberry Tart Recipe +#Giveaway by Maya Corrigan

MAYA: Even though Thanksgiving is over, cranberries are still in season and have many uses besides sauce. With their deep red color, they make festive-looking tasty treats throughout the winter.   

What’s your favorite cranberry dish? Leave a comment in response and you may win a special cookie cutter. Scroll down for details. 


Cranberry tart ingredients: flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, eggs, cranberries

2 cups fresh washed cranberries
1 1/2 cups sugar (divided)
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup (one stick) melted butter
1 cup flour


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Butter or spray 10-inch pie pan. You can bake this in a 9-inch diameter pan or an 8-inch square pan, but anything smaller will require cutting back on the ingredients.
Beat the eggs and add 1 cup of sugar. Stir in vanilla, melted butter, and flour. Pour the mixture into the greased pan.
Sprinkle the cranberries with 1/2 cup of sugar and spread them over the dough in the pan.

Bake 45-60 minutes.

Mix the sugar, butter, vanilla, and flour.

Dough in pie pan
Spread the dough in pie pan.

Top the dough with cranberries.

After baking, cool the tart. 

Slice and serve.


Maya Corrigan writes the Five-Ingredient Mysteries featuring café manger Val and her live-wire grandfather solving murders in a Chesapeake Bay town. Maya lives in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Before writing crime fiction, she taught American literature, writing, and detective fiction at Northern Virginia Community College and Georgetown University. When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, travel, trivia, cooking, and crosswords. 

Visit her website for easy recipes, mystery history and trivia, and a free culinary mystery story.


The 7th and latest book in Maya's series is Gingerdead Man.

During Bayport's Dickens of a Holiday festival, Val is hosting a private tea party for the volunteers dressed as Dickens characters including Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past. A Santa who's more naughty than nice also comes to tea. An unexpected guest arrives, "shrouded in a deep black garment" like the eeriest Dickens ghost, and hands out gingerbread men with white icing skeleton bones. Though the creepy treat called a gingerdead man looks like a Halloween leftover, cookie addict Santa can't resist it. When the man in red turns blue, Val and Granddad have a cookie-cutter killer to catch.

 Purchase Links and Sample Chapter

 What’s your favorite cranberry dish?

Comment by December 2nd for a chance to win a gingerdead man cookie cutter, like the one that has a role in my holiday book. Even if you don't roll out and decorate cookies, the gingerdead man cutter makes a good Halloween decoration. When you comment, be sure to include your e-mail address. For addresses outside the U.S., I will substitute cozy mystery swag or downloadable goodies for the cookie cutter.



  1. What a fun idea. Interesting that there is no leavening in this cake.

    I like uncooked cranberry sauce (cranberries, an orange, half a lemon, some sugar, blitzed in a food processor). It taste great and looks like jewels. A nice addition to a sandwich.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. I also prefer the uncooked to the cooked version of cranberries as a side dish.

  2. Thank you for the simple but yummy sounding recipe. Love the tartness of cranberries and since they came out with the dried cranberries, there are so many recipes you can incorporate them in.

    My family loves this recipe.
    Cranberry Cookies with White Chocolate Drizzle

    Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 12 mins Total time: 32 mins
    11 TBSP butter, room temp
    1 C sugar
    1 C packed brown sugar
    1 egg
    1/3 C whole milk
    3 1/4 C flour
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    2-1/2 C dried cranberries
    1 bag Ghirardelli White chocolate wafers
    -Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
    -Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
    -Add the egg and milk. Stir to combine.
    -Using a spatula scrape the sides of the mixing bowl.
    -Whisk together the flour with the baking powder and salt; Slowly add to the creamed mixture, mixing well.
    -Add the cranberries. Mixing well.
    -Using a medium size ice-cream scoop, drop cookie dough on the cookie sheets.
    -Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
    -Using a double boiler melt the white chocolate wafers. Stir often.
    -Allow for the cookies to cool slightly before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    -Drizzle the melted white chocolate on the cookies with a spoon.
    -Leave the cookies on the wire rack until the chocolate is dry.
    Serves 2 dozen

    Thank you for the chance! Shared and hoping to be the fortunate one selected. I can't wait for my opportunity to read "Gingerdead Man".
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. I love cranberry muffins. Especially those huge muffins with big muffin tops.

  4. Cranberry Scones are delectable and delightful. Thanks for your lovely recipe. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I have never tried any cranberry recipes except plain cranberry sauce. I am tempted to make yours though. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

  6. Cranberry pound cake is a very yummy treat which we enjoy. The cookie cutter is adorable. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. I make an oatmeal cookie that has white chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and craisins in it. They are chewy, sweet, tart, and yummy!

    1. Thanks for you comment, Brenda. I like a little tartness in my sweets.

  8. I have never used fresh cranberries. I have used crasins in cookies. Thank you for offering this opportunity. meg85242 (@) gmail (dot) com

  9. I'm not a fan of cranberries, but my husband loves them. He especially likes cranberry relish.

  10. It's not a dish, but my family loves the Cranberry mustard from Hickory Farms. It is so delicious on leftover turkey sandwiches.

  11. My favorite is a cranberry salad.
    A bag of fresh or frozen cranberries (cut berries in half to release more juice), one apple (peeled and chopped), whipped cream, mini marshmallows, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/8 tsp salt. Mix together. Optional: also add 1 can crushed pineapple and/or chopped walnuts.


  12. I love cookies and Cranberries in salad too. Thanks for the chance.

  13. Cranberry fluff!! Then cranberry and orange bread.😊

  14. I like to experiment with cranberry sauce and never make it the same way twice. This year it was cranberries, lemon zest and lemon juice, basil and orange liqueur. I like to put it on my mashed potatoes. macsterdaly(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. I admire you for experimenting. I tend to stick to the same recipe if I like it.

  15. Cranberry bread

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  16. I must admit to not having had much if any cranberry dishes other than the canned stuff.

  17. I will try this cranberry tart! I always make a raw cranberry relish with fresh oranges so I have some leftover cranberries to use up. I just purchased 2 copies of Gingerdead Man for gifts - hope I win the cookie cutter to go with!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Anita. Please leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.

  18. What cranberry dish don't I love? Two of my favorites are cranberry orange bread and cranberry Christmas cake. Coincidentally both are recipes I found on Pinterest

  19. I like a relish with raw cranberries, a navel orange, sugar, and toasted pecans.

  20. Halloween is my favorite holiday and that skeleton is great!

    1. The skeleton gingerdead man is perfect for Halloween.

  21. Gingerdead - love the title and that cookie is the PERFECT match!

  22. I love homemade cranberry sauce and cranberry muffins. The tart looks awesome and the cookie cutter is so cute.

    1. Thank you for commenting, Candace. Please leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.

  23. I like to make homemade cranberry sauce because I like it when the cranberries pop! But my favorite cranberry dish to eat would be cranberry muffins. I think the cookie cutter is so cute

  24. cutter is cute. i love cranberry walnut orange muffins among a cranberry jello salad with walnuts celery apples and raspberry jello.thanks. hideyhide47@gmailcom

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  26. The winner of the gingerdead man cookie cutter is Kym Brunner. Thank you to everyone who shared a favorite way to use cranberries. I always stock up on cranberries in the fall and freeze them to use throughout the year. Now I have Lots of ideas for how to use them.