Cranberry-Port Crisp

Have you ever had a cranberry? Like an actual fresh cranberry – not the sugary dried variety or the wobbly canned kind? They are fantastic and they happen to be absolutely everywhere this time of year. They are also super fun to eat because they pop in your mouth, kind of like an all-natural and über-healthy version of Pop Rocks. For this dessert, I combined two common components that are often present during Thanksgiving – cranberries and Port. During the holidays, my family enjoys after-dinner drinks, such as Port, so it seemed natural to pair the sweet wine with tart cranberries. This delightfully warming crisp serves as a nice departure from the omnipresent pumpkin pie. Plus, it is really fun to make since the fresh cranberries erratically explode as they cook! Don’t worry about the mess though, because the holidays are supposed to be unpredictable and hectic, right? What, that's only my house? Oh well, where's the Port?

Cranberry-Port Crisp
Serves 2


1 pint fresh cranberries
1 cup Port wine
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Splash of orange juice or pinch of orange zest
Additional sugar, if desired
Ginger cookies, crushed


Simmer cranberries, Port, cinnamon, and orange juice/zest in a pot for 15 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. Add sugar if your cranberries are overly tart or your Port isn't quite sweet enough. Spoon into ramekins or small dishes and sprinkle with crushed cookies. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

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Anonymous said...

Ha ha! Your house is definitely NOT the only one... This looks and sounds wonderful - thanks!

Chrissy said...

Phew! Thanks!

Liza in Ann Arbor said...

Are those Anna's Swedish Ginger cookies in the picture? I just bought some and they look familiar! It's such a "crispy" time of year, isn't it?

Chrissy said...

Yes, they are Anna's. Good eye! I was going to use amaretti cookies, but went with those instead. They're yummy!

Gwen Edwards said...

Wow, how easy and fun! I've been looking for a recipe that's a little different, thank you!

Chrissy said...

Thanks for the Pin and Tweet, Gwen!

Chef Marney White said...

Sounds positively delightful! The best foods are simple foods, after all. Thanks for sharing.

Chrissy said...

Thank you, Chef White! I've made it twice this week and still can't get enough :)