Cranberry Gingersnap Pie

Cranberry Gingersnap Pie ~ theviewfromgreatisand.com

This Cranberry Pie with its spicy gingersnap crumb crust and silky cranberry curd filling brings a little va-va-voom to the traditional dessert table ~ this vibrant pie going to be everybody’s holiday favorite!

Cranberry Gingersnap Pie brings a little va-va-voom to the traditional dessert table! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

I’m all for tradition, and in my house, the tradition is that every year we bring something new to our holiday tables.  This year it’s going to be Cranberry Gingersnap Pie.  (Oh boy, is this one going to wow you.)  I’m gaga over cranberries this year, I can’t stop playing with them ~ they’re my winter equivalent of lemons and they just seem to wake everything up.  It’s all about how many bags I can cram in my freezer (12 at last count.)

Cranberry Gingersnap Pie is a silky cranberry curd filling inside a spicy gingersnap crumb crust ~ yum! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This easy cranberry pie recipe is simply a crumb crust filled with a homemade curd, but it’s the glorious flavors that make it so special.  For the crust I used my absolute favorite gingersnaps ~ Nyåkers ~ they come in a beautiful tin from Sweden, they’re super thin and crisp, and the flavor is bright and peppery.  (These are the same cookies I used for the crust of my famous Lemon Crunch Bars, too)  These gingersnaps in the pretty tin make a great gift if you can keep from eating the cookies first (we never can.)  But don’t worry if you don’t have them, any gingersnap cookie will work.

What makes this crust stand out from the rest, apart from the spicy gingersnaps, is that it has an equal amount of walnuts processed right along with the cookies — so good!

As good as the crust is, the most thrilling part of this pie, if you ask me, is that crimson pool of glossy curd in the middle.  The curd filling starts with tart fresh pureed cranberries that are mixed with eggs, extra yolks, sugar and lemon juice, and cooked until thick.  You might recall I have a Microwave Cranberry Curd recipe on the blog, and that would work, too.  The microwave recipe produces a fluffier, lighter curd, and either will be fantastic.

Making Cranberry Gingersnap Pie ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

After the curd is cooked, and while it’s still warm, I whisk in some room temperature butter which helps to make it extra glossy.  Don’t you just want to dive right in??

Curd recipes often call for slow cooking over a double boiler…I never bother with that and cook my curds either in the microwave, (have you tried my insanely Easy Microwave Citrus Curd?) or on the stove top.  The secret to a perfect curd without all that fuss is medium heat, constant stirring, and a final straining to remove any lumps.

Cranberry curd filling for Cranberry Gingersnap Pie ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

I garnished the pie with sugared cranberries for a festive look.  I used thyme for a touch of green, but small mint leaves would be great too.

I sugar my cranberries the easy way, there’s no need for the beaten egg whites or a boiled sugar syrup.  I just take damp cranberries and roll them in granulated sugar.  The sugar sticks just fine.

A gorgeous Cranberry Gingersnap Pie for the holiday season ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 

tvfgi recommends: Nyåkers Swedish Gingersnaps


Nyåkers comes in the pretty decorated tin, which I always re-use to give holiday cookies or store ornaments, etc.  (I can’t bear to throw it away.)  These Swedish spice cookies have a cult following, and they make a great gift, just send them straight from Amazon.  I send a tin to my Dad every year.

*The View from Great Island is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program ~ Your cost is the same, but I earn a small commission from Amazon which helps keep tvfgi in the kitchen!

*This recipe is slightly adapted from bon appétit

Cranberry Gingersnap Pie

Cranberry Gingersnap Pie

Ingredients

    crust
  • 5 ounces gingersnaps
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
    filling
  • 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, DIVIDED
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temp and cut in pieces
    garnish
  • sugared cranberries
  • fresh thyme sprigs or mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Put the gingersnaps in a food processor and process until they are fine crumbs. (this should be a heaping cup) Add the walnuts, and sugar and process again until everything is finely ground. Add the butter and process briefly to combine.
  3. Pat the crust into a 9 inch pie plate, and up the sides. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Put the cranberries, 1 cup of the sugar, and 1/4 cup water to a simmer in a saucepan. Lower the heat and simmer the cranberries, uncovered, for about 15 minutes until they've popped and the mixture is quite thick. Let cool slightly and then puree until completely smooth.
  5. Whisk the puree, the eggs, yolks, salt, lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar together in a saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon, this will take about 10 minutes or so. Stay by the pan the whole time and stir!
  6. Push the curd through a mesh strainer, using the back of a spoon to get it all through.
  7. Let the curd cool for a few minutes and then drop the room temperature butter in, bit by bit, while you stir to melt it.
  8. Pour the curd into the pie crust and smooth out evenly. Chill the pie until it is firm, about 2 hours or so.
  9. Decorate with sugared cranberries if you like.
  10. To make sugared cranberries, roll damp cranberries in granulated sugar and let dry.

Make it your own ~

  • Any firm curd will work in this pie, so feel free to experiment.

 

 

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    Terryn
    October 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Sue, this looks amazing, I love cranberries and am always excited to find new recipes to try. I am going to make this for a work potluck and was thinking of making individual tart servings instead of one big pie. How much do you think I would need to adjust the cooking time of the crust? Thanks!

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      Sue
      October 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Great idea Terryn! For the crust the cooking is mainly just to set it, so I think it would be about the same time for the minis, maybe a little less.

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        Terryn
        October 8, 2018 at 9:18 pm

        Thanks Sue! Have you ever tried making the crust with gluten free ginger snaps? We have a lot of people in the office with gluten sensitivities and they are always excited so see a dessert they can enjoy too.

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          Sue
          October 9, 2018 at 7:17 am

          I haven’t but I assume that any cookie that you can crush and make into crumbs would work.

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    Brittany
    October 6, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Just made this for Thanksgiving (my first pie ever!) and it was a massive hit with everyone! I was a bit afraid it might be too tart but it turned out to be the perfect balance. As a first time pie maker, the recipe was very easy to follow, and it has now been added to my repertoire! Thank you :)

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      Sue
      October 7, 2018 at 9:00 am

      I’m grinning here Brittany, I love that this pie will be a part of your holidays going forward, thanks for leaving the feedback!

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    Trish Nicholls
    October 4, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Hi, I was wondering how a meringue topping would be on this or a whipped cream topping. They are very different but my tastebuds are telling me either would be scrumptious, what are your thoughts?

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      Sue
      October 4, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      I’m leaning toward a meringue topping, that seems to go better with the tart cranberry curd.

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        Sue
        October 4, 2018 at 9:30 pm

        and by the way that sounds amazing :)

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    Holly
    October 2, 2018 at 2:24 am

    I am thinking of making this beautiful pie for Thanksgiving this year…can it be made a day or two ahead of time?

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      Sue
      October 2, 2018 at 7:41 am

      I think so, you would wrap it loosely and carefully in plastic wrap, and don’t add the sugared cranberries until the day of.

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    Kimberly
    September 16, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Just made this pie and it was a joy to make. I learned alot. The recipe was well written. I’m adding this to my repertoire. Also, it’s gorgeous.

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      Sue
      September 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Oh thank you so much Kimberly, I’m gearing up for fall and winter pie season and this is one of my faves. I’m especially happy that the recipe was easy to follow, that’s the whole game here!

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    Deb
    January 1, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I did notice. Pink grapefruit are on my grocery list. I’m inviting neighbors over for what I think will be a delicious surprise! ?

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      Sue
      January 1, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      :)

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    Deb
    January 1, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    This was a big hit at Christmas! Even those who were not fans of the cranberry had to try it because it was so beautiful! They loved it. I will make it a Christmas tradition. It is not difficult to make, it is stunning on the dessert table and is beyond delicious. Thank you, Sue, for a great recipe!

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      Sue
      January 1, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      I’m thrilled Deb, there’s really no higher compliment than that this pie will become part of a holiday tradition, thanks for letting me know :)

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    Carrie
    December 23, 2017 at 9:17 am

    This pie is so beautiful! The crust smelled amazing when it came out of the oven and I couldn’t stop licking the curd off the spoon. Mine is chilling in the fridge, where it will remain for two days until Christmas (unfortunately I just need to put it together ahead of time and risk it). Have not made the sugared cranberries yet but will do that soon!

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      Sue
      December 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

      I’m so glad to hear this Carrie, nothing makes me happier than to hear that someone is getting joy from one of my recipes! Every single time I make curd of any sort I spend an hour licking every pan and utensil!!

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    Deanna
    December 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    This was beautiful and delicious! The only issue I had was that the sugar would not stick to the cranberries for garnish. I’m making 2 more this weekend, and I’m short on time, so I was thinking of using pre- made Graham cracker crust. I’m not a big crust person, so doubt I’ll notice a difference, but for crust connoisseurs, is the substitute going to detract from the taste?

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      Sue
      December 16, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      If you need to use the pre-made crust, I’m sure it will be fine, don’t stress about it. Crust connoisseurs might notice, but not regular peeps ;) And as for the cranberries, you can also beat an egg white, dunk the cranberries in it, and then into the sugar.

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    Kristina
    November 26, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Sue, I made the pie per instructions and even left chilling more than 4 hours. When I cut the pie, the curd was not firm. On the individual pieces it was running off to the sides. Not sure what I did wrong but I have an idea. Your recipe says to purée. How did you purée the cranberries? I used a blender with a purée function and I wonder if it became too smooth by using this method.

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      Sue
      November 26, 2017 at 10:03 am

      I’m not sure what went wrong, Kristina. The texture of the pie isn’t super firm, but it does hold together. I assume you cooked the cranberries until the mixture was thick? Cranberries have a ton of natural pectin, so that helps keep the curd nice and solid.

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    Megan
    November 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Hi!! So excited to try this pie! Currently making it but I do not have a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Do I have to strain it? If so do you know any household items that might work?

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      Sue
      November 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      No, I didn’t strain mine, but I used a good strong blender, my Vitamix. I can’t think of anything else you could use in this case if you don’t have cheesecloth or a strainer, so just go with it as is.

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        Stephanie
        November 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm

        I made this pie today and it was beautiful and tasted amazing and everyone loved it. I did not have a mesh strainer either so I put it through a food mill and it worked perfectly. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

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          Sue
          November 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm

          You’re so welcome Stephanie :)

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      Laura
      November 23, 2017 at 1:44 am

      I made the curd and crust but made a cheesecake up put in between (baking as I type this). Crossing my fingers for a good result! The curd by itself is so good!

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        Sue
        November 23, 2017 at 7:21 am

        I love your creativity, please let me know how it goes ~ and have a wonderful holiday today Laura.

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      Jen
      November 23, 2017 at 7:05 am

      I also don’t have a mesh strainer so we used a flat splatter guard mesh thing and it worked just fine. It’s lovely without the chewy bits in it!

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        Sue
        November 23, 2017 at 7:19 am

        Perfect! That was an ingenious idea :))

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          Jen
          November 28, 2017 at 12:25 pm

          By the way, this was a huge hit at this year’s Thanksgiving! It’s presence has already been requested for next year! I thought that I was making it for everyone else, because I actually don’t like gingersnap cookies. I was totally wrong. That mix of walnuts and cookies is the perfect amount to make a sweet flavorful crust that’s not tangy or too spicy. And it makes the cranberry curd sing! Thank you so much for posting this!

          • Sue
            November 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm

            You’re so welcome Jen, I love that this pie is now a part of your Thanksgiving tradition :)

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    Stephanie
    November 22, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Hi, Sue! Beautiful recipe! I’m really excited to make this for Thanksgiving this week. I do have a question, however. Do you think pecans would be a good swap for the walnuts? My boyfriend does not care for them and I’m curious if pecans are a good substitute. Is the walnut flavor very prominent or is it just complimentary to the gingersnaps? Thank you!

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      Sue
      November 22, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Yes, I think they’d be fine, Stephanie, go for it! The nut flavor is just in the background, and contributes to texture, so another nut is going to work as well. Have a wonderful holiday :)

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        Diann
        November 23, 2017 at 9:13 am

        I have family with nut allergies. Would I need to do anything differently if I omit the nuts?

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          Sue
          November 23, 2017 at 9:30 am

          Use about 1 1/2 cups crumbs, and 6 Tbsp melted butter to moisten them. It will be like a classic crumb crust.

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    Betty
    November 21, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Sue, my sister and I are making this pie for the first time for Thanksgiving. We are a little confused, lol. Are you saying 1 heaping cup of the CRUSHED ginger snaps and 1 heaping cup of finely chopped walnuts?

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      Sue
      November 21, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Betty ~ you’ll need 5 ounces of gingersnaps, which, when crushed, will be a heaping cup. Then you’ll add a cup of walnuts to the processor. Is that clear? I know recipes can be confusing sometimes.

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        Betty
        November 21, 2017 at 5:56 pm

        Thanks Sue. Yes, I did one heaping crushed ginger snaps and one heaping cup of finely chopped nuts, added the brown sugar and melted butter. Patted into the pie plate and waa laa – – – it’s in the oven. :)

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