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Recipe: How to Make Delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A delicious and easy recipe for homemade cranberry sauce that's perfect for the holidays! 
Homemade Cranberry Sauce FEATURED photo from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

How do you serve cranberry sauce for the holidays?

From the can or homemade? For years our family has always opened a can of cranberry sauce
for our Thanksgiving meal and then a few years ago I made homemade cranberry sauce and it was amazing.  

Today I'm sharing with you an easy and delicious recipe for homemade cranberry sauce that you are going to love for all your holiday celebrations!

Thanksgiving isn't complete without Cranberry Sauce.

Only my brother insisted we still open a can of cranberry sauce because that's what he likes...which leads me to the question, do you serve homemade or canned cranberry sauce for the holidays? 

I have to admit that while I have been making homemade cranberry sauce for a few years now, we still have the canned version on the table.  My brother insists on having it on the table or it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without those slices of jelled cranberry sauce on a plate.  I have to agree.

There's something comforting about seeing those slices of cranberries sitting on a plate but this homemade version that I make now is so good...your family may not miss the canned this year!

I've made this recipe two ways, in the crock pot and in the oven.  I like to make it in the crock pot.  It really does make the house smell amazing while it cooks.   You can also make this recipe a few days ahead of the "big day" to save time. 

Homemade Cranberry Sauce is easy to make for Thanksgiving from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Homemade Cranberry Sauce


12 ounces cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon orange zest


Place all the ingredients in the crock pot and stir.
Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours.
Remove the lid, stir and mash some of the cranberries.
Continue to cook uncovered for another 45 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and most of the cranberries have popped.
Let cool before serving or place in a container to store in the refrigerator. 
This sauce also freezes well. 

Don't forget to serve your delicious homemade cranberry sauce in a pretty bowl
...right next to the plate of the canned cranberry sauce.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Don't forget to check out my hubby's blog, Manning the Wall.


  1. Homemade Cranberry Sauce is just the best and also my most favorite dish at any Thanksgiving table.

  2. There really is nothing quite like cranberry sauce that's homemade. There's no comparison with canned.


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