Simple Cranberry Sauce

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Simple Cranberry Sauce
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 3 hr 25 min
  • Servings 16

When your guests get a glimpse of this delightfully decadent pie on your dessert table, you can guarantee they’ll try and steal a slice even before dinner is served! Deemed decadent for a reason, this pecan pie has a flaky crust and from-scratch filling that’s sweetly reminiscent of all those pies your grandma used to bake. An extra gooey caramel-y center and a crunchy pecan topping get snuggled in the flakiest pie crust you’ve ever tasted, resulting in a traditional holiday dessert that’s ideal for Thanksgiving, Christmas and anywhere in between. From baking beginners to baking experts, this recipe is super easy to make yet will impress anyone lucky enough to get a slice. And with over 100 satisfied home cooks, you won’t have to take our word for it. MORE+ LESS-

Updated October 7, 2019


pound fresh or frozen cranberries (4 cups)
cups water
cups sugar


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  • 1
    Rinse cranberries with cool water, and remove any stems or blemished berries.
  • 2
    Heat water and sugar to boiling in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
  • 3
    Stir in cranberries. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop. Pour sauce into bowl or container. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled.

Expert Tips

  • Be sure to cook the cranberries until they “pop” in order to release the natural pectin, which thickens the sauce.
  • Want more flavor? Stir in 1 tablespoon grated orange peel after cooking.
  • A little citrus can add big flavor to your sauce—try stirring in the zest or peel of an orange or lemon (whatever’s lurking in your crisper drawer will do)! For even more zing, stir in the juice of your favorite citrus.
  • To plus up the sauce even more, add a few pinches of cinnamon or stir in a cinnamon stick while the sauce is simmering.
  • Leftovers? Make these Turkey and Swiss Biscuit Sliders turkey and swiss biscuit sliders. Slathered in cranberry sauce, they’re the perfect way to use up leftover turkey!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
20 mg
Total Carbohydrate
29 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
2 Fruit;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Wave goodbye to canned cranberry jelly. This scratch-made version is hardly any harder than opening a can, seriously! With three ingredients and a pot of boiling water, you’re on your way to mastering this holiday classic. The only real trick to making perfect cranberry sauce is to use your ears. When the cranberries begin popping, you’re on your way. Remove the pan from the stove when the cranberries appear to have broken down, and your sauce has thickened. Cranberry sauce needs three hours to set up in the fridge, but you can also make your sauce the day ahead to save stress on Thanksgiving. Not that you have to limit yourself to eating fall’s favorite fruit only on Thanksgiving. We certainly don’t! Check out the rest of our cranberry recipes for proof. And if you’re still a bit apprehensive about taking on such an iconic holiday dish, have a look at our tutorial on how to make cranberry sauce.

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