Homemade Cranberry Sauce


Thanksgiving is hands-down one of my absolute favorite holidays of the year. Growing up, my family always made big plans for Thanksgiving — something I looked forward to every year. I’ll share more about these traditions in the coming days leading up to Turkey Day but in the meantime, I wanted to share a Thanksgiving recipe that you and your family will love.

Cranberries are usually not a fruit that I use in my cooking or baking — and mostly because I’ve never really thought too much about them until recently. A dear friend of mine and her mother shared this family recipe with me last year and it was a huge hit with my husband and his family. This year, we’re spending Thanksgiving with my family and I am so excited to contribute this tasty cranberry sauce to the Thanksgiving spread. This recipe might seem simple (and it is) but the best part of sharing it with you is the meaning behind it. As I joined my friend and her mom in their family kitchen last year, it was clear that this was a recipe with so much love. They were sharing a piece of their tradition with me — and that meant way more than just a recipe.

– 48 oz bag of fresh cranberries
– 2 oranges
– Pulp-free orange juice
– 1 lime
– Granulated sugar
– Light brown sugar

First, clean the cranberries. Put 6 heaping cups of cranberries into a pot on the stove, over medium heat. Add the zest of the oranges plus about 1.5 cups of orange juice (a combination of juice from the fresh oranges and the pulp-free). Add the juice of 1 lime. Then scoop in 2.5 cups of granulated sugar and 1/2 a cup of light brown sugar.

Once combined in the pot, stir and bring to a boil. Let the mixture bubble up over the berries (yes, a crazy big boil), stirring occasionally. Once it looks (and tastes) ready, let the sauce cool then refrigerate overnight.

As I learned last year, this is good cold or warm, with Thanksgiving dinner or as a late-night treat over vanilla bean ice cream. It really is the most delicious cranberry sauce you will ever make. Now get cookin’ and let me know how you like it!

  • sisi

    love this and love you! sharon’s cranberries are one of my favorite things in the world! xoxo

    • It’s my FAVORITE Thanksgiving recipe!! **kisses**

  • Samantha

    when you say 6 cups do you mean the whole 48 oz bag?

    • Hi Samantha – Yes, usually 6 cups ends up being nearly all of the 48 oz bag. Depends how much you want to make… I usually just eyeball it! :)