101 Days of Christmas: Mini Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Loaves

Mini Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Loafs

My grandma’s pumpkin bread is pretty much a staple at our family get-togethers, whether that’s in December or July. This moist, flavorful bread is delicious and filling, and you’re sure to savor every bit!

I subbed dried cranberries for the raisins we typically use and baked them in a mini loaf pan rather than the traditional fluted pan, and these mini loaves would be great little gifts for neighbors and teachers.


  • 2/3 cup butter softened
  • 2-2/3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3-1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons cloves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and blend well. Add pumpkin and water and blend well.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves.

Slowly add to pumpkin mixture and blend well.

Stir in dried cranberries and walnuts.

Pour into a greased pan and bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean: (1) fluted cake, 75 minutes, (4) mini loafs, 55 minutes, (12) large muffins, 30 minutes.

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Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.