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Classic cornbread with an autumn twist: tart cranberries and rich pumpkin.

Cranberry Pumpkin Cornbread
There are a few things my family is particularly serious about.

Pie is one of them. Pecan Raisin Pie, to be exact.

People singing on key would be another.

Education and the proper use of there, their and they’re (as well as to, too and two) makes the list.

Letting our pets sleep on the bed with us is definitely a must.

And then there’s cornbread.

Yes, cornbread. In case you weren’t aware, there are two kinds of cornbread in this world: southern-style cornbread, which has very little to no sugar in it, and Yankee cornbread, which is sweet. Or, as my great-grandmother would have proudly told you, the right kind of cornbread and the wrong kind of cornbread.

Can you guess which kind my Mississippi born-and-raised grandmother would call the “right kind”?

Cranberry Cornbread with Pumpkin Puree
So…Ma-Ma is probably rolling in her grave with me messing with a solid Southern-style cornbread. I mean, there’s a whopping 5 tablespoons of sugar in this recipe. Five! But, in my defense, I ate half the pan of this Cranberry Pumpkin Cornbread before feeding the rest to my coworker in order to stop myself, so it was clearly a successful experiment.

Actually, on second thought, perhaps eating half of the pan isn’t the best defense to hide behind.

Moving on.

This a pretty straightforward cornbread recipe, but with a couple of seasonal twists: chopped fresh cranberries and a good dollop of pumpkin puree. The tart cranberries keep this from being an overly-sweet cornbread (the sugar is really just in the batter to help keep the cranberries from thinking too highly of themselves), and the pumpkin lends a boost of color and moisture to the batter.

You can serve this cornbread in any way you like (maybe even as part of a cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner), but I personally like it slathered with some butter and drizzled with a bit of honey.

That’s some serious business, right there.

Cornbread with Cranberry and Pumpkin

Cranberry Pumpkin Cornbread

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cranberries
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet with vegetable oil and place in the oven while it preheats.
  • While pan and oven heat, mix the chopped cranberries and the sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a medium bowl or a large measuring cup, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, buttermilk and pumpkin puree.
  • Add the sugared cranberries and the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
  • Pour batter into the preheated pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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  1. Pecan pie and yankee cornbread me, sista!! This cornbread is making me salivate shamelessly. Without shame, I tell ya! I’muhnuh make it….IIIII’muhnuh make it so hard, it’s not gonna know what happened! Plus, I may feed this to my folks for Thanksgiving. They’re lucky people!

  2. 5 stars
    So, you know who will love, love, love this. I’m still hoarding a can of pumpkin. Sounds like between this and the pumpkin biscuits, I have the can covered. And I’ll be in carb heaven.

  3. I want some right now, just like you served it to yourself. I’m feeling kind of sorry for myself about now because I’m sitting in a restuarant and not eating this yummy cornbread.

  4. 5 stars
    I’m in the savory camp too but this one does look intriguing and tasty. Thanks for a new spin on an old favorite!!

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