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Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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This sauce is so much more flavorful than from a can and it's super simple to make. The secret ingredient is dried tart cherries, which add the perfect sweet-tart flavor.

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 5 min Cooking Time: 10 min


  • 1 12 ounce bag cranberries, washed and picked over
  • ½ cup dried tart cherries
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup water
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together cranberries, cherries, orange zest, cinnamon, water, sugar, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil while stirring frequently. Continue to cook until the sauce has thickened and most of the berries have burst, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled. Sauce may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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