Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire


This has been a 'trade secret' for years, but it's so good I decided to share it! It's everyone's favorite, and can even be poured over a block of cream cheese and served with crackers for a fun holiday appetizer.

close up view of Cranberry Sauce in a glass bowl, next to apples, nuts and dried fruit
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
12 servings


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries

  • 1 orange, peeled and pureed

  • 1 apple - peeled, cored and diced

  • 1 pear - peeled, cored and diced

  • 1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. In a medium saucepan, boil water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries, pureed orange, apple, pear, dried fruit, pecans, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

Editor's Note:

Please note the differences in ingredient amounts and yield, as well as the omission of nuts when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
7g Fat
36g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 220mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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