Cranberry Sauce Pie with Pecan Streusel

Cranberry sauce or gravy? If you're the former, then this cranberry sauce pie with pecan streusel is perfect for Thanksgiving. #cranberries #cranberrysauce #pecans #pie #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdessert

are you one of those people who eats turkey for the sole purpose of shoveling cranberry sauce into your mouth? yes? consider this cranberry sauce pie with pecan streusel for your thanksgiving.

i think we need to believe that we are invincible on some level. if i thought i was going to hit someone when i was a new driver, i would have never touched the wheel. if i thought that i wasn’t going to get into a college i wanted or find a post-grad job i was excited about, i would have settled. (nevermind that i don’t like risk).

but i had to have some sort of confidence when i made this cranberry sauce pie. i knew i’d be able to get the cranberry sauce and the pecan streusel on the first try. plan b if the pie crust, one of my main nemeses, decided to give me hell: cranberry crisp, aka crust-less cranberry sauce pie. LUCKILY it did work out. the crust is super flaky and the pecan streusel is nutty and buttery, both of which make up the perfect balance to the tart, chunky cranberry sauce. a la mode (or serving the pie with fake creme anglaise, aka melted ice cream, like in the below picture) more than works for this pie, too.

You can drizzle slices of this cranberry sauce pie with creme anglaise (or melted vanilla ice cream) to mellow out the tartness of the cranberries. #cranberries #cranberrysauce #pecans #pie #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdessert

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You can drizzle slices of this cranberry sauce pie with creme anglaise (or melted vanilla ice cream) to mellow out the tartness of the cranberries. #cranberries #cranberrysauce #pecans #pie #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdessert
Cranberry Sauce Pie
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Freezing TIme
25 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins
This cranberry sauce pie combines flaky pie crust, tangy cranberry sauce and buttery pecan streusel. Perfect in case you're tired of pumpkin pie and apple pie!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberries, cranberry sauce, crumble, dessert, fall, hazelnuts, oats, pecan, pie, streusel, thanksgiving, vegetarian
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 443 kcal
Pie Crust
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into chunks
Cranberry Sauce
  • 4 1/2 cups 18 oz fresh or frozen (no need to defrost) cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • A few gratings of orange zest
  • 1 T cornstarch
Pecan Streusel
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup pecans toasted
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 T unsalted butter melted and cooled
Pie Crust
  1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until it resembles a coarse meal. Add 1/4 cup very cold water and stir until large clumps form. Knead. If necessary to bring the dough together, you can add 1 T water.
  2. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1-48 hours or freeze for 15 minutes.
  3. On a floured counter, roll the dough out into a 12 to 13” circle. Fold gently in quarters and transfer to a 9” pie plate. Unfold dough and trim overhang to 1/2-inch. Fold overhang under edge of crust and crimp.
  4. Freeze for 10 minutes, until solid. Prick with a fork several times. Line with buttered foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Place on a baking tray to catch the drips and bake at 400°F for 15 minutes. Remove foil and beans/weights, and bake 5 to 10 minutes until golden and lightly crisp.
Cranberry Sauce
  1. Combine everything and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. After about 5 minutes, berries will begin to leak juices. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes more until filling is loose. Cool slightly while you make the topping.
Pecan Streusel
  1. Grind the oats to a powder in a food processor. Add pecans and coarsely grind them. Add remaining ingredients except the butter, pulsing a few times to combine. Add butter, pulsing until crumbles form.
  2. Pour filling into pie crust. Sprinkle topping over.
  3. Bake this cranberry sauce pie at 375F for 45 to 50 minutes, until juices are bubbling enough that they splash a bit onto the topping. If pie browns too quickly, cover with foil. Cool slightly before serving showered with powdered sugar and alongside whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Recipe Notes

From Smitten Kitchen.

If you want it a little more casual, making a shortbread base in a rectangular pan and topping with the cranberry sauce and pecan streusel could be a great option.

more thanksgiving desserts besides this cranberry sauce pie

This maple persimmon upside down cake is delicious plain, but it's also really good with a dollop of whipped cream or Greek yogurt. #cake #maplesyrup #persimmons #baking

maple persimmon upside down cake

I suppose you could share a slice of this apple cake with almond crumb topping, but why would you want to?! #cranberry #fallbaking #cakes #almond

apple cake with almond crumb topping

This cranberry sauce pie has a good balance of tart cranberries and buttery pecan streusel. #cranberries #cranberrysauce #pecans #pie #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdessert

24 Replies to “Cranberry Sauce Pie with Pecan Streusel”

    1. yes! having ice cream (melted or not) makes things even tastier (:

  1. To answer your first question – yes. In fact, I add cranberry sauce to the sweet potato bite, the brussels sprouts bite… just about all of it. I love cranberry sauce. So the idea of a pie is outstanding!!!

    1. perfect! this pie definitely isn’t for a team gravy (over cranberry sauce) person (;

  2. Of course I eat turkey just for the sides – even the leftovers all put together make one of the best sandwiches ever! Cranberries, included for sure! This pie looks and sounds positively scrumptious, Heather! I also love your “faux creme anglaise” – never thought of melting ice cream. But perfect for a pie.5 stars

    1. yes! i ignore the leftover turkey but go for all the sides (; melted ice cream is such a nice fake creme anglaise (and so easy)!

  3. I sometimes struggle with pie crust too…it’s totally my nemesis. But glad yours worked out for you! This pie sounds amazing 🙂 Totally has me ready for Thanksgiving! YUM!!

    1. LOL definitely had problems with the pie crust on my thanksgiving pie this year. making pie again for all my holiday parties because i need to get it to work!

  4. This is such a lovely variation from all the traditional Thanksgiving pies!! Why should only the main course get all the cranberries? Love this idea!5 stars

    1. exactly! we don’t get to eat fresh cranberries enough (:

  5. I agree with you about needing to believe that we’re invincible (to a degree). Yum, the cranberry sauce pie sounds delicious! Glad your recipe worked out because it looks great as well. I need to give this recipe to my boyfriend! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥

    1. yes this pie is so good- hope you get to try it sometime (especially because it doesn’t seem like bakeries do cranberry pies).

  6. This is getting me so excited for Thanksgiving. Such a yummy recipe!

    1. thanks radi! hope you had an amazing (and delicious) thanksgiving!

  7. yummy. I love cranberry sauce in my desserts. And even better, cranberries themselves.
    This recipe looks soo amazing.

    1. thanks paul! honestly i could put cranberry sauce in my oatmeal and it even makes that 392034x better.

  8. Loving all things cranberry these days, and this pie is calling my name! Looks delicious Heather!5 stars

    1. thanks leanne! it’s been weeks since thanksgiving and still craving and loving everything cranberry (;

  9. this looks very pretty and delicious too i bet. we can’t get cranberries here except for frozen ones if we are very lucky! but i love to make cranberry relish at Xmas when i can get the frozen variety. cheers sherry

    1. frozen would work just as well! i can’t tell the difference between fresh and frozen anyways (;

  10. What a delicious looking pie! I love how the cranberries provide tartness, and the streusel looks incredible!! Happy Thanksgiving Heather!

    1. yes, the cranberries add such a nice tang! thanksgiving can get pretty decadent already, so i like how fruity this pie is (:

  11. Its all about the cranberry sauce, I love that stuff. This pie is an awesome idea, well done on the pie crust if looks wonderful. I never have much luck with pie crusts they are so difficult!

    1. ugh pie crusts are still a pain in my butt! i made a few apple pies in october using random frozen pie crust, and they were so good that i’m tempted to use that forevermore.

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