Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce for the Holidays

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Over the years I’ve tried many different Cranberry Sauce recipes trying to get just the right one. I love a good Cranberry Sauce but I can’t stand the one from a can. This all started when I hosted my first Friendsgiving which was really our Thanksgiving since we were on our own, and ended up having almost 20 people in our small one bedroom apartment somehow, but oh the memories of those days.



This is so quick and easy, and one of those things that can be made ahead to save time the day of! We also use it at Christmas because its just so good.

Here is what you need

1 12oz bag of cranberries

3/4 cup of orange juice ( I fresh squeeze the juice its much better)

2/3 brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

OPTIONAL – 2 oz bourbon ( we have added the bourbon a few times and it’s good!)

Add all the ingredients in a pot over medium heat. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the majority of the cranberries have popped. On a gas stove this will more than likely take a little less time. Once they have all popped place in serving dish and let cool.

Place in the refrigerator if you aren’t serving it right away. It’s perfect warm or cold, and so easy to make the day before so it’s one less thing to worry about the day of.

One of our after Thanksgiving Traditions is to make french toast from the leftover sourdough bread over the Thanksgiving weekend. I love to make a compote to top them with this cranberry sauce by just cooking it back down and adding a little real maple syrup. Its really great on pancakes too which we do at Christmas.


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Add this easy recipe to your Holiday recipe list! It is quick and easy and sure to be a hit. Are you a fan of Cranberry Sauce over the holidays?

Here are a few other things I think you will love

Dairy Free Sausage Gravy 

Trader Joe’s Gorgonzola Gnocchi 

Cranberry Sauce


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