I’m not gonna lie.

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I still hate dealing with these stupid cranberries.

Remember last week, after I dumped the entire bag on the kitchen floor… then made the salsa which I inevitably finished off with a bag of blue corn chips… then swore I’d never make anything with these unjuicy little pearls again… then shoved them on the bottom rack of the fridge, where they spilled out all over the floor again, 14 minutes later… and told you that I baked something with cranberries?

Yeeeeep. This is it.

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I’m still confused about the cranberries.

Fruit.

That I can’t really eat raw.

That I can’t really bite into.

That I can’t really smother with peanut butter.

That I can’t really dip into caramel sauce or freeze after smothered in chocolate. This.doesn’t.make.sense.

And I can’t get over it.

To the point of wanting to punch myself in the face.

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I mean, look at them. Just so cute and weird and freaky inside.

Who runs hot and cold? Not me.

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By the way, I’m definitely not sitting on my couch with an entire 9×13 baking dish full of breakfast cake in my lap and watching Sex and the City. Because it definitely wasn’t me who just want “one bite” to taste which turned into two and then three and in case you didn’t know, standing over the sink with a fork while attempting to type on your computer isn’t exactly what one would call… feasible.

But hey – not my issue.

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So these are kind of cute, right? Fat, fluffy biscuits studded with bright red cranberries that melt in your mouth. A little doughy, a little sweet, a little tart and a little savory. Not exactly something I’d serve with dinner, but warm from the oven with tons of melted butter on top accompanying eggs at breakfast? Particularly brown sugar and maaaybe… cinnamon butter? I’m all over that.

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Cranberry Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits

Yield: makes 12-15 biscuits

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
4 tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold butter, cut into pieces
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup fresh cranberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda, and whisk until combined. Using a fork, pastry blender or your hands, add butter pieces to the flour and mix until coarse little crumbles remain. Toss in cranberries. Add buttermilk and stir with a spoon until just combined, not overmixing. Use your hands if needed to bring the dough together.

Use 1/4 cup measure to drop batter onto a nonstick baking sheet, or press dough on a sheet of parchment paper or cutting board, then using a biscuit cutter to shape the dough into rounds. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown.

[adapted from bon appetit]

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Now who wants to come iron my placemats?

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140 Responses to “Cranberry Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits.”

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — November 22, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    Given we just came from the South where biscuits are a religion, you’d think I’d be sick of them. Apparently not. *stomach growl*

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — November 22, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    They are such a weird fruit. I think pomegranates are similar. If you can’t slather it in nut butter, it’s weird, you’re totally right on that.

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

      You are so right. But for some reason I love pomegranates. Hmmmmm…. maybe I should give cranberries a little more love then.

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    Jodi @ Southern Flavored Life — November 22, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    These will be perfect for Christmas morning!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — November 22, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    ooh, these look lovely!

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    Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen — November 22, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    I have never seen the inside of a cranberry before… weird. I just assumed they’d be solid. I kinda want to curl up under a blanket and watch Love Actually and The Holiday and Home Alone with a tray of those biscuits in my lap.They look so festive!

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

      Ah, you are my movie soul mate! Be my neighbor?

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      • Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen — November 22nd, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

        Only if that means I get to quit my real job and spend all day playing test taster. Will wash dishes for cupcakes.

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    Robyn — November 22, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Jessica

    I will iron your placemats with my big press … if you want to come press my laundry basket full of pants!

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    Ashley — November 22, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    You forgot to add they they also BOUNCE. What the heck is up with these things?? :) The biscuits definitely look cute!!!

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

      Yes… bouncing is not fun when you spill the bag on the floor!

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    Lisa — November 22, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    these remind me of those cranberry english muffins!! do you think they taste like that?(granted you tried them?)
    they look better, obviouslyyyyy ;)

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

      There are cranberry English muffins?! Where?!

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    brandi — November 22, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    cranberries in baked goods are my FAVORITE! these look awesome.

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — November 22, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    Ha! I was just thinking I need to iron my placemats too! I wish they’d make a wrinkle-free version.

    Your cranberry biscuits look divine. I am so impressed that you can come up with these ideas! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Moni'sMeals — November 22, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    If not for Thanksgiving, then Christmas for sure. Thanks!!

    Sorry, you are on your owm for ironing the placements. :)

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    Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery — November 22, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    words cannot express how much I want one of those right now.

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    CouponClippingCook — November 22, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    These biscuits are so pretty….perfect for the holiday season. Love that they are whole wheat too. You sure come up with the best recipes!

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    Alissa — November 22, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    These look awesome…the first thing I thought of was breakfast, which to me means BISCUITS AND GRAVY! I’m thinking a gravy with sage and sweet breakfast sausage and a good amount of freshly ground black pepper. Gotta balance out the whole wheat somehow, right?

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

      OH my gosh… YES.

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    nicole {sweet peony} — November 22, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    so pretty!!! i love the pop of color from cranberries! but i agree… they’re a strange fruit. i actually had no idea what they looked like inside until i chopped some up the other day. i literally dropped my knife and muttered “what the hell is this?” i thought it was a bad berry… but nope. just weird little crunchy fruit. *shrug*

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

      Hahaha! Totally understand.

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    Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition — November 22, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    Jessica I’ve miss you and your recipes!! I’m back to blogging again : )

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

      Yay! Welcome back.

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    glidingcalm — November 22, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    you have the most gorgeous pictures and recipes!! those look amazing!!

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

      Thanks love!

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    Nicola @ unhip squirrel — November 22, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    Haha. I have TOTALLY done the standing over the sink with a fork thing. Sometimes a spatula. Sometimes my hands. I have no self-control.

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    danielle — November 22, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Your pictures came out great!!

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

      Thank you!

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    kathleen @ the daily crumb — November 22, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    these look amazing! how far ahead of time do you think i could make them? i’m hoping they would be good on thanksgiving if i make them tomorrow?

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

      Eeeek I honestly can’t say for sure. I am not a bread person, so I only really love biscuits and scones the day they are baked. If you don’t mind a *little* staleness (not necessarily stale, but not as fresh as straight from the oven), then I say go for it!

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    Michelle — November 22, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    If it weren’t for blog photos, I’d never use a plate. Ever.

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    Jennknee — November 22, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    These honestly look gorgeously fabulous. You should totally whip these up with brown butter….agreed?

    These..by the way look so festive!

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    janetha — November 22, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Tomorrow is national eat a cranberry day!

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    Nicole, RD — November 22, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    These look so good! Perfect for all the cranberries that will be on sale after Thursday :)

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    katie @KatieDid — November 22, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    So festive! They would be so nice at a holiday brunch definetely. I’ve heard adding cranberries to water adds a subtle sweetness- or decorating the table always works too if you have tons of leftovers still!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 22, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    Cranberries are weird.

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    Brittany — November 22, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    Um. What is that glorious-looking beverage in the background? :)

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    Jessica — November 22, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    Hello! To be quick, I have two things to say:
    One…What is the drink in one of your photos above?
    Two…You’re awesome and so is this blog, and seeing as I also live in the burgh, I’d be happy to iron your place mats (haha).

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    Andrea (Quest for Delish) — November 22, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    These look amazing. Thanks for sharing and your photos are great.

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    SOFIA — November 22, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    OH MY LORD.OH MY LORD.OH MY LORD.OH MY LORD.OH MY LORD.

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    melanie — November 22, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Mmmmm anything with bread n butter soothes my soul! These beauties look delish! @Jessica -I’m guessing that drink is tea with milk?? i like your cute knife.

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    Zuri — November 22, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    Cranberries, schmranberries. I’m with @Jessica… what IS that drink?? It’s looks like chai, but so perfectly creamy. I’d like it to be in my belly. Now please. :-)

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    • Jessica — November 22nd, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

      It’s eggnog!

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    kyleen — November 22, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

    These biscuits are adorable!

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    Tracy — November 23, 2011 @ 12:20 am

    I love baking with fresh cranberries, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the leftover ones from my cranberry sauce. Now I have my answer – thank you, yum!!

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    Stefanie — November 23, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    I will be making these tomorrow! I can’t decide if they should go with the meal or have them as one of the desserts…Also, is it possible for me to make the batter this evening, leave it in the fridge, and then bake them tomorrow?

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    • Jessica — November 23rd, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

      Yikes, can’t say for sure, I’m not that experienced with bread. My only fear is that it would dry out, so maybe wrap it tight in plastic wrap?

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    Nancy — November 23, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    Well I’ve never baked with cranberries before….actually, I have never really baked from scratch. Given that, I will try out this recipe tomorrow morning :) I want to surprise my bf with a Thanksgiving breakfast: turkey bacon, eggs and these cranberry biscuits :) thanks for the recipe! let’s see how they come out!

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    Lisa Frank — November 24, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    I made these last night and they were PERFECT! I was worried that the whole wheat flour would make them dense, but they were light and fluffy. The fresh cranberries do make them quite tart, so I’d suggest slathering them with cinnamon honey butter…delicious! :)

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — November 26, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    These look wonderful!!!

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    Rachel Wilkerson — November 29, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    So excited to make these!

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    Stephanie — December 8, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

    So, just to throw my two cents in; I bought some cranberries recently, only to get home and think, “what in the world did I buy these for, and what am I going to do with them??? Can you eat them raw??” I asked around. No one I know had heard of it. Decided to try it anyway. From what I read, you have pointedly stated that you are not a health food fanatic. Well, neither am I, but, in an attempt to teach myself to eat better, I’ve been on a kick of eating what I call a simple fruit and spinach salad, which is this: fresh baby spinach covered with various fresh fruits doused in sweetener of choice (I’ve been using Splenda in order not to have all the calories from sugar). That being said, I decided to add some tartness to my newfound health-food interest by adding these “what-do-i-do-with-them-cranberries” to it. I put a bunch of the cranberries in my food processor, chopped them pretty finely, added what ended up being a whole bunch of sweetener (a little bit at a time), stirring, then letting sit up for a day to macerate. Added them to my fruit & spinach salad, and it actually worked! Perfect blend of sweet/tart to add to my simple little health food to give it a little more punch and make it a little more interesting! Just a thought next time you get crazy and want to try some “health food,” lol. However, I could by no means use the entire bag before it went bad, so I will mark this recipe for the next time I buy some fresh cranberries, I’ll have a goody to make and go with my salad, since, after all, I did eat a salad! ;)

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    Anya — December 19, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    These turned out wonderfully tart and delicious. I enjoyed them topped with butter and sugar like my great grandmother used to do when I was a kid.

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    valerie — February 3, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

    Definitely botched this……… I rarely use buttermilk and assumed (wrongly!) that you were referring to dry buttermilk blend. My mom’s bisquits use it, so I guess that’s where that idea came from.
    Anyhow, after salvaging these puppies, I have a gigantic batch of pretty damn good bisquits! I’m sure the originals will be just as tasty when I try this again.

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    EventingPony — June 27, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    It’s taken me a few puzzled looks at your ‘biscuit’ recipes..
    But I’ve realised (read: assumed) that biscuits = scones, not biscuits = cookies.

    The terminology difference between countries is confusing but intriguing (once you work out with the heck they mean) hehe

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