Cranberry Sauce
5 from 12 votes

Cranberry Sauce

This best homemade cranberry sauce uses maple syrup, fresh cranberries & vanilla. It's easy and way better than canned cranberry sauce. Simmering the cranberries for 10-15 minutes results in a nice, thick, deep dark and flavorful gorgeous color. This recipe is perfect to make for Thanksgiving! 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author April


  • 3 cups cranberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt and pepper optional


  1. Rinse the cranberries.  Place all of the ingredients into a sauce pan (except for the vanilla extract) over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer. The cranberries will began to burst. Cook uncovered and stirring until the sauce has thickened 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add the vanilla extract and mix well and let it cool completely.