A great side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It can be used as filling for cranberry/cream cheese tarts and also makes a great topping on bagels, corn bread, or cheesecake. Pour into a serving dish or jars and cover. The pectin in the cranberries will make the cranberry sauce gel as it cools. I usually use a fork to mix it up which will make it more pliable.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; add sugar and cook until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Mix cranberries into the sugar water; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until desired consistency is reached, about 10 minutes.

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Cook's Note:

Up to 2 cups sugar may be used in the recipe if you prefer a sweeter sauce. I use 1 cup because I prefer the tart flavor of the cranberry.

The longer you boil it, the less chunky it will be. I prefer mine with chunks of cranberries, almost like cherry pie filling, so I boil for a bit less than 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

58 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 15.1g 5% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 0.9mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2015
Super simple and came out really yummy. Added orange juice instead of water and added about 1/4 tsp. of all spice to it. Whisked it so it would mash it a little too. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2015
I used this one and it was good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2015
Super simple and came out really yummy. Added orange juice instead of water and added about 1/4 tsp. of all spice to it. Whisked it so it would mash it a little too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2015
Try boiling in orange juice instead of the water. It's a delicious twist. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2015
I used this one and it was good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2015
Delicious! Made this with my Mom for Thanksgiving tomorrow and it's the best cranberry sauce I've ever tasted!:-D Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2015
I used orange juice orange zest and half the sugar. Simple tasty and excellent with cranberry chunks (not over cooked)! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2018
My husband is diabetic so I used 1 1/2 cups of Spenda instead of sugar. It was excellent. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2018
This is the best way to cook cranberries. There is NO need to add orange or lemon or zest or anything! KISS! (Keep It Simple Stupid) Don't mess with perfection! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2017
All I can say is the canned sauce was left in the dish and the girls were fighting over this fresh sauce. It was totally amazing!!! The only change was substituting OJ for part of the water. Yummy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2015
Loved it! Added in an apple and grated ginger yumo:) Read More