Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This Thanksgiving, trade in the tin can for this Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe!  Make a full flavored holiday cranberry sauce with tart cranberries, sweet cherries and zesty orange.

Quick and Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe - wonkywonderful.com #thanksgiving

Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving.  I grew up eating the sauce shaped like a can and it was my favorite even back then.  Several years ago I finally decided to give a homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe a try . . . Mind Blown!

First of all, how did I not know how simple it is to make cranberry sauce at home?  Second, you can add whatever flavors and ingredients you want.  Make it tangy, sweet, savory or even spicy.

Last year I made Cranberry Apple Sauce and for this Thanksgiving I decided to make Cranberry Cherry Sauce.  Both are great if you like your sauce to be sweet and tangy.

Quick and Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe - wonkywonderful.com #thanksgiving

This post has two recipes for the price of one!  Make a large batch of cranberry sauce and use some to make an extra Thanksgiving dessert.

And if you have any leftovers, be sure to check out my Cranberry Sauce Smoothie Recipe!

Quick and Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe - wonkywonderful.com #thanksgiving

Quick and Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe - wonkywonderful.com #thanksgiving

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Cranberry Cherry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce
  1. 1 Cup Dark Cherry Juice
  2. Juice and Zest of 1 Large Orange
  3. 1 Cup Sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp Salt
  5. 1 Cup Dried Cherries
  6. 24 oz Fresh Cranberries (sorted & cleaned)
For Cranberries & Cream
  1. 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  2. 1/4 Cup Sugar
  3. Cool Whip
Cranberry Sauce
  1. Combine the cherry juice, orange juice, zest, sugar and salt in a large saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat, dissolve the sugar while stirring for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the cherries and cranberries. Partially cover pot with lid or foil to prevent spatter.
  4. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stir frequently the last 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, transfer to a container and store in the refrigerator.
  6. ...........
For Cranberries and Cream
  1. Leave about 2 cups of cranberry sauce in the pan and decrease the heat to medium/low.
  2. Add the heavy cream and sugar.
  3. Stir and heat until the sugar dissolves. (about 1-2 minutes)
  4. Remove from heat, transfer to a container and refrigerate until cold.
  5. Serve cold with generous amounts of Cool Whip!
  1. This cranberry sauce and cranberry dessert are better if prepared the day before and refrigerated overnight.
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Cranberries and Cream will be a new and interesting Thanksgiving dessert option.  And a little bit goes a long way!

Cranberries and Cream - Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Made With Cranberry Sauce - wonkywonderful.com

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  1. Mmm adding orange and cherries to cranberry sauce sounds like a great idea!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      It is very tasty. But I love cherries in just about anything! Have a great weekend 😀

  2. I like the idea of cherries in the cranberry sauce. I’ve never seen it with cream but it looks fabulous!

  3. Love this recipe! It looks amazing! Pinning!

  4. This is a wonderful recipe. Love the addition of cherries and oh that yummy, luscious cream! A match made in heaven!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Audra! The tart cranberries and sweet cream are definitely a perfect match!

  5. I have been making my own for awhile now-love adding blueberries to mine along with orange. Love the idea of adding cream-thank you

  6. Made your recipe, wow wonderful!! I have never made cranberry (sauce) before, super easy and taste wonderful. PS l never was a cranberry kind of person.
    Side not I had someone who like marshmallow(s) in cranberry sauce, but l actually used the *mrshmallow gravy from your mashed sweet potato casserole, with the already creamed sauce. They loved loved it!!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I’m so glad you like it! I can eat homemade cranberry sauce by the bowl-full … especially with cream. I like your idea to use the marshmallow gravy. I’ll have to try that sometime!

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