squares of cranberry coffee cake
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5 from 6 votes

Cranberry Coffee Cake

Sweet coffee cake with a little hint of tart cranberry is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, coffee cake, cranberries, cranberry coffee cake, streusel, thanksgiving
Servings: 16 squares
Calories: 243cal
Author: Amanda Formaro



For the cake:

  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour about 2 cups, more for dusting pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter well softened at room temperature; more for the pan
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries chopped

For the streusel:

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cold , cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries chopped


Make the cake:

  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 325°F. Lightly butter and flour a 9-inch-square baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt until blended.
  • With an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until well blended, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium low and add the eggs one at a time, mixing until just incorporated. Using a wide rubber spatula, alternately fold the flour mixture and the yogurt into the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Add the chopped cranberries with the last addition of flour.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Tap the pan gently on the counter to release any air bubbles. Bake for 40 minutes.

Make the streusel:

  • While the cake is baking, combine the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the butter and mix, using a fork, until the ingredients are well blended and form small crumbs. Stir in the walnuts and cranberries.
  • After the cake has Baked for 40 minutes, sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the cake. Continue baking until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean, another 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack until warm or room temperature. Cut into squares and serve.


Make this delicious coffee cake even prettier with a drizzle of powdered sugar glaze. Mix together 1/4 cup of powdered sugar with a teaspoon of milk, add more milk until you reach drizzling consistency.


Serving: 1square | Calories: 243cal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg