Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is that sweet and tangy topping no holiday is complete without!  Our homemade sauce is easy to make and the perfect addition to your dinner. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 440kcal
Author April Woods


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • juice of 1 orange or ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • zest of one orange about 2 Tbs
  • 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 granny smith apple peeled and grated (about ½ cup)


  • In a medium sized sauce pan, combine brown sugar, honey, water, and orange juice. Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add in salt, cinnamon, orange zest, fresh cranberries, and grated apple. Turn stove down to medium heat and cook mixture for 5 minutes. You will hear frequent popping from the cranberries.
  • Turn the heat to medium low and cook mixture until thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Take cranberry mixture off heat.
  • Mash mixture with a wood spoon or potato masher until it reaches a desired consistency.
  • Cool and serve.



  • Depending on how tart you like your cranberry sauce, you can switch up the type of apple to include. For a more sweet sauce, include a gala or opal apple. For a more tart flavor, add in a granny smith apple
  • You can use orange juice from concentrate, but fresh orange juice tastes best in this recipe.
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Serving: 2cups | Calories: 440kcal