White Chocolate Cranberry Bread

"The tangy taste of cranberries is great, but then combine that with both vanilla chips & the citrus of orange & lemon, well . . . ! This recipe, now somewhat tweaked, comes from Taste of Home Best Holiday Recipes, 2008!"
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Ready In:
1hr 6mins
1 loaf




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, then grease & flour a 9-inch loaf pan.
  • In large mixing bowl, cream shortening & sugar.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in buttermilk, orange juice, lemon zest & vanilla.
  • Stir in melted chips.
  • In another bowl, whisk together flour, salt & baking soda, then gradually add to this to creamed mixture.
  • Stir in cranberries.
  • Pour into prepared loaf pan & bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan & cooling completely on wire rack.

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  1. Wow Mike! This has become a staple in my holiday gift baskets for 3 years now, and I was just looking here and assembling my supplies to bake tomorrow, and realized I never gave a review! Absolutely everyone loves this lovely cakey bread, and I'm always sure to make enough that I have plenty here at home, too. It's delicious! And pretty also! I use a heaping cup of fresh cranberries, (large ones cut in half), and then an additional 1/2 cup of the white 'chocolate' chips with them to the batter. I bake small gift loaves, and bake 3 at a time for about 45 minutes, (checking for doneness with toothpick), and they come out beautifully moist. I've had great success wrapping them well in plastic and freezing them for 3 weeks prior to gifting with no ill effects. This is a wonderul recipe, and I thank you for sharing it!
  2. Good stuff! I didn't get this made during the holidays so made it yesterday. Wow, so good, moist and delicious.
  3. Delicious! It was dense & moist and because I didn't have any OJ & had to use lemon juice it tasted like a lemon cranberry pound cake. Oh YUM! I used a little extra lemon zest & the fresh lemon juice but otherwise followed the recipe. I think next time I'll even try adding some unmelted vanilla chips to the batter with the cranberries. I can't wait to try it again with the orange juice (I'll have to hide it from my kids. lol) Thanks for sharing, Syd! Made for Every Day is a Holiday tag game.
  4. Wow! This is so tasty. I didn't melt the chips but just put them in as they were. Also, I didn't have quite enough cranberries so used 1 cup of cranberries and 1/2 cup sultanas which worked really well. This bread is amazing. Thanks!
  5. Oh my goodness, this bread is so GOOD! Everyone loved it. I served this at our Christmas dinner on the buffet table. It was gone by the time we were cleaning up. I tried to melt my white chips in the microwave and nearly started a fire. So - DH decided it would be a much better idea to just put the chips as is. It was a nice texture with the cranberries and chips. The only thing that I noticed was my cooking time was much less, about 45 minutes. I set the timer low to be on the safe side, and I'm glad I checked it when I did. I will definitely be making this again soon. Made and Reviewed for Please Review My Recipe Tag - Thanks! :)


  1. I had to make a few substitutions given what I had in my kitchen when I went to make this. I substituted regular shortening instead of butter flavored shortening, and lemon juice instead of lemon zest. I also used 1 cup of fresh cranberries instead of 1 1/2 cups of dried cranberries (because its cranberry season in Wisconsin). This bread was light and fluffy and is just like cake! Yum!! This would be a great gift giver during Christmas time. I will definitely make this again and thank you for sharing your recipe.



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