Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and, of course, delicious food. One dish that has become a staple on the Thanksgiving table is cranberry sauce. While the canned version may be convenient, it doesn’t compare to the taste of homemade cranberry sauce. The sweet-tart flavor of fresh cranberries pairs perfectly with a variety of spices and other ingredients, making it a versatile dish that can be customized to your liking. Whether you prefer a classic recipe or something a little more adventurous, we’ve got you covered with delicious cranberry sauce recipes to try this holiday season. Give these a try because store-bought just isn’t the same!
Spiked Pineapple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce
Spiked pineapple bourbon cranberry sauce perfectly accompanies a brie and cranberry wreath. Cranberry is the star flavor in this cranberry bourbon relish. The sweetness of pineapple, maple syrup, and brown sugar contrasts with the tangy cranberry flavor and kick of bourbon. If you’re a cranberry fan, make this spiked cranberry sauce recipe!
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Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce
Never buy canned cranberry sauce again. This Easy Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce is so simple and tasty, it will become the star of your Thanksgiving meal.
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Three Ingredient Cranberry Relish
It’s hard to believe how easy this Cranberry Relish is to make! It’s made with three simple ingredients: fresh cranberries, blood oranges, and coconut sugar.
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
This simple slow cooker cranberry sauce is made with just five ingredients. Make it in the slow cooker and save the stove-top space for all the other Thanksgiving sides. Add this to your list of the best cranberry sauce recipes.
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Bourbon Cranberry Sauce
Looking for a twist to traditional cranberry sauce? This bourbon cranberry sauce recipe brings all the expected tart and zesty flavor with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak from the bourbon. Fresh orange, cinnamon and maple syrup round things out for a truly spectacular holiday sauce!
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Cranberry Sauce With Dried Cranberries
If you’re looking to use up some dried cranberries or can’t find fresh ones, this cranberry sauce with dried cranberries is sure to impress your guests. It’s flavorful, holds its shape, and can be made year-round.
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Elevated Canned Cranberry Sauce!
The holidays are a hectic time of year, and sometimes the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen. If you have a can of cranberry sauce in your pantry and you don’t know what to do then, never fear. This elevated canned cranberry sauce is here to save the day!
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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is a dish everyone will be excited about at Thanksgiving dinner. Surprisingly easy to make, It’s fresh, sweet and tart – the perfect flavor for homemade cranberry sauce. This easy cranberry sauce will be your go-to staple for all your holiday meals!
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Spiced-Brandied Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce never tasted so good — bursting with warm spices, lively fresh orange and rich dark brown sugar, this boozy brandied cranberry sauce makes for one show-stopping holiday side dish and adds an elegant touch to your holiday table. You’ll never need another cranberry sauce recipe again.
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Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Homemade jellied cranberry sauce that’s better than canned! Unlike store-bought jellied cranberry sauce, you can make your own without high fructose corn syrup and even adjust the sweetness to your taste. This cranberry sauce is a must-have during the holidays!
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Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe
Combine a few simple ingredients in a saucepan to make this fresh homemade apple cranberry sauce recipe! This homemade cranberry sauce is packed with flavor. This is one of the best cranberry sauce recipes.
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This Cranberry Chutney is sweet, spicy, and tangy, all at the same time. It is like a flavor burst in your mouth, with the cranberries, apples, orange juice, and spices. Make it in the instant pot or stovetop, in just 30 minutes. Enjoy it on a cheese tray, or with your favorite appetizer or sandwich!
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Easy Homemade Spiced Ginger Cranberry Sauce
Easy homemade Spiced Ginger Cranberry Sauce is an Indian twist to a classic. The cranberry sauce is paired with orange juice, ginger, and fragrant hints of cardamom, star anise, and cinnamon. It comes together in 20 minutes and is an easy make-ahead side dish for Thanksgiving dinner!
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Rosemary Cabernet Wine Cranberry Sauce
Homemade Rosemary Cabernet Wine Cranberry Sauce is a delicious way to celebrate the holidays. Quick and simple to make, this sauce is incredibly easy and great to make in advance.
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Cranberry Sauce With Brown Sugar And Cinnamon
No thanksgiving or holiday table is complete without some delicious homemade cranberry sauce. So quick and easy to make, this cranberry sauce with brown sugar and cinnamon is wonderfully rich and just the right balance of sweet and tart. Ready to serve in less than 15 minutes!
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Cranberry Pear Sauce
This gorgeous, ruby red Cranberry Pear Sauce is a welcome twist on a classic cranberry sauce recipe. A little sweet and a little tart, it’s the perfect compliment to your Holiday meal. Make this festive cranberry pear sauce recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge for an easy side dish.
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Cranberry Orange Sauce
This delicious cranberry orange sauce recipe is infused with the festive flavors of orange and cinnamon, making it the perfect side for Thanksgiving and holiday dinners. Super easy to make, ready in 20 minutes and can be prepped ahead!
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Jellied Cranberry Sauce
This homemade jellied cranberry sauce recipe made with fresh or frozen whole cranberries is scrumptious, with just the right amount of tang. And it only takes 30 minutes to put it together. Make it the day before you need it and it’s ready for your holiday dinner. This is sure to be a signature part of every holiday meal going forward.
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Pineapple Cranberry Sauce
Change up the classic holiday side dish this year, with a zesty pineapple cranberry sauce that everyone loves! With bright flavors of fresh pineapple and cranberries, you’d never guess it’s actually lower in sugar than most cranberry sauce!
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Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Whether you want to make homemade cranberry sauce with fresh or frozen cranberries, this easy recipe will help you have the best Thanksgiving ever. There are so many recipes out there, but this one takes just a few minutes and use ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen! So why not give them a try this year? You might even find yourself making them all the time!
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Cranberry Raspberry Sauce
Combine fresh or frozen berries and pure maple syrup to make this incredibly delicious Cranberry Raspberry Sauce. It’s the perfect mix of tart and sweet. Easy to make in 20 minutes.
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Aperol Spritz Cranberry Sauce
This is not just another cranberry sauce recipe. With a spritzy and modern twist on classic cranberry sauce, this Aperol Spritz Cranberry Sauce will surely be a hit around your Thanksgiving table! Made with beloved Aperol liqueur and bubbly Italian prosecco, its tart yet sweet flavors are well-balanced in a decidedly adult way. Keep reading for more about this new holiday classic.
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Piña Colada Cranberry Sauce
Piña Colada Cranberry Sauce is a fun and tropical twist on the classic condiment. This whimsical recipe has the defining flavors of beloved cranberry sauce encased in a coconut-ty and pineapple cocktail base. Plus, it has a unique texture!
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