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gray bowl of cranberry sauce with silver spoon

Favorite Cranberry Orange Sauce

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  • Author: Alexis Joseph | Hummusapien
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/4 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


The most delicious and easy Cranberry Orange Sauce sweetened with pure maple syrup! It's made extra special with a splash of vanilla extract, cinnamon, and bourbon if desired.This comes together in no time and is delicious on top of oatmeal or yogurt!


  • 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries (not dried)
  • 1 large orange, zested and juiced (about 1/2 cup orange juice)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup*
  • 2 tbsp bourbon (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Rinse cranberries, sorting through and removing any mushy ones. Place all ingredients except vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. If you like thinner cranberry sauce, you can add 1/3 cup or more of water.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for about 12 minutes or until thickened. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Transfer sauce to a bowl to cool. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.


TO STORE/MAKE AHEAD: This lasts for 10 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

TO FREEZE: Place cooled cranberry sauce in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to two months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

*LOWER SUGAR: I've made this recipe successfully using 1/4 cup maple syrup. It's more tart of course, but still delicious! You may want to add 1/4 cup water or extra orange juice as well so it's not too thick.