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Turn Extra Cranberry Sauce Into Easy Desserts + More Recipes to Use Up Leftovers

Leftovers boring? Not with these sweet treats!

When it comes to leftovers after a big feast, it’s easy enough to just add helpings of everything to a plate and reheat it in the microwave. But sometimes we like to mix things up a bit — that’s why we got to experimenting in the First for Women test kitchen, and our recipe pros came up with some sweet ways to transform cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, even rolls into easy and delicious desserts. In fact, these treats are so tasty, you might find yourself stocking up on cranberry sauce simply to make them! Keep reading for the fun leftover cranberry sauce recipes and more that will help you clear out your fridge fast.

5 easy leftover cranberry sauce recipes + more

These desserts are so good, no one would guess they start with leftovers!  Looking for more ideas? Click through for our favorite turkey sandwich recipes and Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

RELATED: How to Throw a Thanksgiving Leftovers Party: Pro Tips + Cozy Seasonal Cocktail

1. Sweet Potato Apple Cake

Sweet Potato Apple Cake made with leftover candied yams

Perfect for snacking, this treat is a great way to use leftover candied sweet potatoes or yams after a big feast.

2. Cran-Strawberrry Mousse Tartlets

Cran-Strawberry Mousse Tartlets, recipe made with leftover cranberry sauce

For a sweet spin on leftover cranberry sauce, we added strawberry preserves and orange zest to transform it into mini tarts.

3. Cranberry Streusel Muffins

Cranberry Streusel Muffins, recipe made with leftover cranberry sauce

Cinnamon-brown sugar streusel creates a crunchy topping for these muffins made with leftover cranberry sauce.

4. Cranberry Red Velvet Cupcakes

Cranberry Red Velvet Cupcakes, recipe made with leftover cranberry sauce
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Luscious cream cheese frosting crowns fruity cupcakes made from a mix dressed up with jellied cranberry sauce and a touch of orange zest.

5. Chocolate-Toffee Bread Pudding

Chocolate-Toffee Bread Pudding, recipe made with leftover rolls

Bits of milk chocolate-covered toffee and semisweet chocolate chunks turn leftover rolls into a scrumptious treat.

For even more tips and tricks for holiday leftovers, click through:

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This Might Just Be the Best Thanksgiving Leftovers Hack Yet

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