Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce {recipe}

by Danica on November 11, 2013

Hi friends!   I hope you had a great weekend!

Speaking to my U.S. readers for a second – Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only 17 days away?!  And my family is celebrating less than 2 weeks from now – so soon!

I’m not sure what I’m bringing to Thanksgiving Dinner yet, for either of the 2 celebrations we’re attending, but when I picked up a big bag of cranberries recently, I got really excited about holiday cooking :)

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

I’ve never made (or possibly even eaten) cranberry sauce before.  I think any dinner I’ve been to only has the stuff that comes out of a can, and that stuff gives me the heebie-geebies, so I never gave it much of a thought.

I decided to make my own sauce that, while slightly sweet and a different (read: natural) consistency, doesn’t have any ingredients that make me squirm.

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce


  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups (a 32-oz. bag) of cranberries


1.  In a relatively large stockpot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil.

2.  Once boiling, add the syrup, honey, and sugar and stir until the sweeteners are dissolved.

3.  Bring the temp down to a simmer and add cranberries.  Let simmer (with the lid off) for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4.  Turn the heat off and put the lid on the pot.  Let sit for about 5 minutes.

5.  Add the sauce to desired dish, and Enjoy!

This sauce is great on oatmeal, homemade pancakes or waffles, on top of organic meat, drizzled over baked potatoes and roasted squash, and even scooped up with organic tortilla chips.

hot oats and homemade cranberry sauce

This sauce also freezes very well, so since this makes a large batch, don’t be afraid to freeze it in a glass container.  To thaw, just place it in the fridge for about 1 day before eating.


What about Thanksgiving are you most excited for?

Are you cooking or baking for Thanksgiving dinner?  What do you plan to make?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat November 11, 2013 at 6:22 am

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here either! It came up so quickly this year! I’ve never made my own cranberry sauce before, so this is great. I’m really not a fan of the canned stuff. I’m sure this tastes waaay better!
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2 Jessie November 11, 2013 at 7:00 am

This is going to sound ridiculous (and maybe come across that I was a sheltered child), but I’ve NEVER had or made Cranberry Sauce. I always see it around, but just never tried it. Don’t ask me why. It does look delicious though.
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3 Danica November 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

Oh no worries, I’m new to it, too :)
I bet you’d really like this though! It may even be good over eggs….


4 Lauren November 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

I cannot wait for our homemade cranberry sauce (the stuff in the can is SO weird) and my mom’s stuffing!
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5 Katie @ running4cupcakes November 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I have been looking for something to make with all the cranberries in my freezer – and this looks awesome!! Love the addition of maple syrup. :)
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6 Danica November 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

It’s become my favorite sweetener for baking lately, that and honey :)


7 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Can you believe that I have never actually had cranberry sauce before?? Crazy, right? It sounds like a tasty topping for pancakes and the absolute perfect addition to overnight oats, though. I’ll have to give it a try, especially since it sounds super easy to make :).
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8 Danica November 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

I bet you’d really like it!!


9 Becky November 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I have actually never had cranberry sauce before, but your picture with it on the oatmeal looks delicious! I can’t believe I have never tried the sauce on anything!
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