Sure you can eat cranberries in cranberry sauce, but what else can you do with these berries and their juice?
Make a drink:
Fill a glass ½ full with soda water and the rest of the way with cranberry juice. Top with a few fresh cranberries. You can also add a dash of orange juice if you would like to.
Make a snack:
Ants on a log: Cut a stalk of celery into 3 pieces. Add peanut butter to each piece. Top with dried cranberries…red ants on a log!
Bake with them:
Add 1 cup of dried cranberries to your oatmeal cookie dough. (see below for a cookie recipe)
Garnish your cakes with them:
In a bowl beat pasteurized egg whites until light. Dip fresh cranberries into the whites and then coat them with sugar. Let them dry and use them to decorate your baked goods.
Melt a bag of chocolate chips. Add 1 cup of dried cranberries. Spread onto a no-stick foil lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until hard. Crack apart into pieces.
Warm cran-apple juice and some ground cinnamon makes a great quick cider!
Decorate with them:
String dried cranberries and popcorn on a string and decorate your Christmas tree or house.
Dried Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 pack of instant pudding**
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup chocolate chips, semi sweet
¾ cup dried cranberries
Pre-heat oven to 375*.
Cream together butter, sugar, vanilla and pudding.
Beat in your eggs and then add your dry ingredients (batter will be stiff).
Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.