A simple, sweet and tangy version of a classic, this 4 ingredient Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe promises to be a pretty and delicious addition to your Thanksgiving feast!
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
One of boys’ very first Thanksgivings, we actually had at the fire station because Mr. Gracious was on shift that year. We did a sort of potluck-type deal, and all brought something to share. Someone brought canned cranberry sauce, which never really appealed to me, and I had never tried before (um, yes, just because it looked icky). In any case, my children apparently felt differently about it because they gobbled it up. They loved it! They kept calling it jello, so that might have been why.
In any case, I wanted to try to make some homemade. I did my research, and it looked pretty simple but there are SO many variations to it! Some with orange juice, some with water, lots of different sweeteners…. So like I always do in cases like this, I took a hodgepodge of all my favorite elements from the recipes I found, making sure to keep it simple, and I’m very happy with the turn out! This easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe is truly simple to make, with just 4 ingredients, including apple juice to give it an extra flavor dimension and maple syrup to give it a kick of festive sweet. No one on my side of the family ever liked cranberry sauce until I forced them to try my homemade version this past year, which they gobbled right up!
Let me know how you like it in the comments! Or better yet, what do you do if you have leftover cranberry sauce? Last year I decided to smear it on bread like jelly! Lol!
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- 1 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Add cranberries and apple juice to a large pot.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- When cranberries begin to burst, add maple syrup and sugar. Stir to combine.
- Return to a simmer, and continue cooking for about 20 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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