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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make! Forget the canned stuff and make this easy cranberry sauce recipe from scratch.
Course classic dinner
Cuisine American, Southern, Southern American
Keyword cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce from scratch, easy cranberry sauce, homemadecranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author April Boller Wright


  • 12 oz bag of whole cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ tsp fresh lemon juice


  • Wash the cranberries.  In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add sugar and water. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the cranberries and the lemon juice bring to a boil.
  • Simmer stirring occasionally. The cranberries will start to burst.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Transfer to a bowl. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Let cool completely. The sauce will thicken up more as it cools off. 



How to make Cranberry Sauce in Advance

Once the cranberry sauce has cooled off, put it into a container with a tight fitted lid.
To reheat it in a sauce pan, set stove to low heat and cook until warmed throughout.