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Sweet-and-Tart Cranberry Sauce

Sweet-and-Tart Cranberry Sauce


  • 2 12-ounce bags fresh cranberries, divided
  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Recipe Preparation

  • Bring 1 bag cranberries, sugar, and orange juice to boil in medium saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer until sauce is bubbling thickly, about 10 minutes. Cool. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover; chill.

  • Using on/off turns, chop remaining bag of cranberries, parsley, and orange peel in processor. Stir cranberry relish into cranberry sauce. DO AHEAD Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

Recipe by Jeanne Thiel KelleyReviews Section

Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Cinnamon

Cranberry sauce is an essential Thanksgiving side dish! And while I love, appreciate, and serve the canned stuff I also love, appreciate, and serve a jammy homemade version! The secret ingredient in this recipe is a jar of orange marmalade!

If you’ve never made your own cranberry sauce before you have to try this recipe! It’s only five simple ingredients simmered until the berries are soft and the sugars and juices are syrupy. The end result is a perfectly balanced sweet and tart cranberry sauce that compliments all your favorite sides!

Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ingredients

You only need 4 basic ingredients to make this cranberry sauce recipe:

  • Cranberries – Fresh or frozen cranberries will work here. If you’re using frozen berries, there’s no need to thaw them fully before you start to cook.
  • Maple syrup – It sweetens this cranberry sauce naturally and adds rich depth of flavor.
  • Orange zest – The orange flavor is mild here – it adds bright depth to the sweet-tart sauce. If you like a stronger orange flavor, feel free to add more zest to taste!
  • Salt – Just a pinch! It makes all the flavors pop.

Combine the cranberries, maple syrup, orange zest, and salt in a medium saucepan with 1/4 cup water. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring often so that the syrup doesn’t burn. As the cranberries begin to burst, reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens. It will continue to thicken as it sits.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Sweet and Tart Cranberry Vanilla Christmas Cake

I came up with this recipe when I was feeling like I needed to create more Christmas dessert recipes…because dessert plays a very important role in our holiday meals and festivities! Cookies are one thing as they are fun, easy, and convenient to grab throughout the day – while cakes encourage people to sit at the table a little longer where they will continue to joke, reminisce, and enjoy one another’s company.

Throughout my life I have not had many Christmas cakes as many of my family desserts have involved nut breads, pies, and cookies so it was a little difficult for me to think of a cake that was Christmas “flavored” and unique! I decided I needed to incorporate cranberries as they look and taste festive all on their own! And then I thought… what better compliments tart cranberries than a little sugar? I kept the cake flavor simple as I didn’t want it to be overwhelming and thought the smoothness of the vanilla would compliment the vibrant cranberries!

You will just have to try this recipe out to let me know if I was right!

But truly, it would be a shame if your tastebuds missed out on experiencing the combination of moist vanilla cake with tart cranberry compote, topped with a perfectly sweet frosting and crunchy sugar coated cranberries!

So don’t miss out and let me know what you guys think in the comments below when you give it a try!

Cranberry and Citrus Sauce

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A good cranberry sauce can make or break Thanksgiving. This one, flavored by orange and grapefruit, is aromatic, sweet, and tart all at once. It’s a natural on turkey, but would be equally good on any roasted poultry or pork.


  1. 1 Combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and both zests in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2 Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer until thickened and cranberries are beginning to fall apart, about 20 to 25 minutes. Spoon into a heatproof serving bowl.
  3. 3 Drain grapefruit segments, discarding any accumulated juices, and stir into cranberry sauce. Cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Cranberry Sauce Recipe

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce because you thought it was too complicated, I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make. This simple cranberry sauce recipe is perfect! All you do is add fresh cranberries, orange juice, and sugar (both brown and white) to a pan and cook the berries until the break down into a beautiful vibrant red cranberry sauce.

Served alongside roasted turkey an gravy, cranberry sauce is a favorite Thanksgiving recipe that is so easy to prepare and happens to be amazing! Only 15 minutes to cook, I love this sauce because it is not overly sweet and the combination of cranberry and orange give it a subtle citrus, sweet tang that makes a regular turkey dinner go from ordinary to extraordinary.

The vibrant deep red color and texture of the cranberry sauce is in stark contrast to the Ocean Spray canned cranberry sauce so many of us remember in its jellied molded form. One cannot even put them in the same category on many levels of comparison. From color, taste, texture, and overall pleasantness, homemade cranberry sauce wins by a landslide.

Trust me after you try this sauce, you will never buy canned cranberry sauce again. Be prepared when friends and family “Ooooh and Awwww” over the mere fact you made fresh cranberry sauce from scratch. They will call you “Martha” and hate you for it. But that’s okay.. your secret is safe with me.

I won’t tell how you didn’t spend hours over a hot stove making this. In all honesty, if the world only knew how easy this was cranberry sauce was to make, no one would ever buy canned again! Do yourself a favor and leave that good-for-nothing sauce in the can on the grocery store shelf and for this Thanksgiving make your homemade cranberry sauce.

For those of you wondering if you can make this in advance – YES. Up to two weeks sealed in a container and stored in the refrigerator!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cranberry sauce?

Cranberry sauce is a popular condiment made with fresh cranberries, sugar, and water. It is most commonly served alongside turkey on Thanksgiving at room temperature but can also be served slightly warmed up.

Because cranberries are naturally low in sugar and tart in flavor, most cranberry sauce recipes include sugar to make the sauce both sweet and tart.

How long will the cranberry sauce keep?

Cranberry sauce will last two weeks in the refrigerator or up to two years if properly preserved and canned.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Besides the gravy…cranberry sauce is just about the perfect complement to that Thanksgiving turkey!

Even as a kid I used to take a little bit of the cranberry sauce with a bit of turkey and it was just heaven together! Sweet, salty, tart, and delicious all in one bite!

I did grow up on the canned cranberries, and a number of years ago I decided I wanted to learn how to make “real” cranberry sauce. Because let’s face it…our ancestors would not have been busting out the can of cranberry sauce at their big meal!

I thought I would miss the “jello” texture of the canned cranberries, but…oh! Was I wrong! This was even better! Fresh cranberries are so delicious – not a fake, high fructose corn syrup jello, but there is a depth of flavor to using real cranberries.

Making homemade cranberry sauce doesn’t get any easier. Just a quick cook on the stovetop and this Thanksgiving side dish can be prepped days ahead of the big meal. This is the batch I make for our large family Thanksgiving gathering – it makes a lot. If you have a smaller gathering definitely half this.

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Cranberry Oat Bars

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Easy Cranberry Oat Bars are layered sweet and tart bars with a buttery brown sugar oatmeal crust, cranberry sauce filling, and nutty oatmeal pecan crumble.

Tasty, easy Cookie Bars like Caramel Apple Pie Bars and Pecan Pie Bars are a great way to enjoy sweet seasonal flavors on the go. Snack on these cranberry bars all fall and winter long!


These festive Cranberry Oatmeal Bars are the perfect addition to your holiday dessert menu and cookie exchanges this year! The crumbly oatmeal cookie base is full of pure buttery goodness to balance out the tart, sweet cranberry sauce filling. A crunchy oatmeal crumble finishes off this delicious dessert bar that doubles as a breakfast on the go.

Cranberry Oat Bars are easy to make with just a handful of ingredients and a few steps. The ingredient list might look long, but most the ingredients are in both the soft oatmeal base and the nutty oatmeal topping. Add a can of cranberry sauce and some chopped pecans, or whatever nuts you have on hand, and you have a small sweet treat full of winter flavor!

Make Cranberry Sauce Oat Bars next level delicious with our easy homemade Cranberry Sauce as the filling and toasted oats in the crumb topping and oatmeal crust. Check out the variations section for how to toast oats (also great for any oatmeal recipe), and other ways to make these Cranberry Oat Bars even more amazing.


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Cranberry Oatmeal Bars are a sweet treat to pair with your morning coffee for wintery breakfast on the go. Serve warm Cranberry Oat Bars with Vanilla Ice Cream or with Homemade Whipped Cream for a buttery, cranberry cobbler style dessert. Drizzle your bars with a White Chocolate Ganache after they are cut for beautiful, sweet decoration if you are adding them to a holiday gift basket.

8 Crazy Cranberry Sauce Recipes

There is nothing quite like the sweet and tart taste of fresh cranberry sauce.  It is a਌lassic (and colorful) complement to turkey and other seasonal dishes and easier to prepare than you might think.  

Of course, for some people, like Hubby I still have to serve the jellied cranberry sauce out of the can – just like his mommy did. (Is it “sauce,” if you clearly see the can lines embedded in it?) But all you foodies out there will appreciate these recipes. 

I know some people may find it easy when their significant other wants store-bought dinner rolls and jarred cranberry sauce. Me, I find it stifling. My kitchen creativity can’t take such an onslaught. I say, can’t we both just enjoy a little Cranberry Mustard Sauce or Cranberry Jalapeno Relish one day a year!? Is it asking too much?

Make your own cranberry sauce this year with these creative recipes and leave the can behind!

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Oatmeal Bread

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Welp. We still have leftovers from our Thanksgiving Dinner. I have a hard time cooking for large amounts of people. I usually make too much food or not enough. I knew I wouldn’t mind some leftovers from Thanksgiving considering how much time it takes to make everything. I just didn’t realize they would last this long!

Hence this bread. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Oatmeal Bread to be exact.

I’m trying to get creative and create new dishes from all of our leftovers. Stuffing’s a hard one, but deliciously sweet and tart cranberry sauce is a little bit easier to work with. But I gotta thank the blog world and Pinterest for this idea. I would have just been eating our leftover Simple Holiday Cranberry Sauce by the spoonful if I hadn’t seen other recipes involving leftover cranberry sauce. Seriously. What did people do before the internet?! Eat the same things over and over I guess.

This bread is super easy to make and is oil free which is an added bonus. I feel like most people are looking for some healthier food options after all the eating we do over the holidays. This bread is made with whole wheat flour and rolled oats so you’ll feel full and satisfied after having a slice. I love my with almond butter on top! Or, if you still have leftover cranberry sauce even after making this bread, you can spread some of that on top too.

Now to figure out what to do with all that leftover pumpkin pie…

I guess Brett will just have to slowly keep eating it by himself, slice by slice.