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Maple Syrup Cranberry Sauce

This maple syrup cranberry sauce is made with maple syrup, fresh cranberries, orange juice & vanilla. It's easy and way better than canned cranberry sauce. Cooking the cranberries on medium results in a nice, thick, deep dark and flavorful gorgeous color. This recipe is perfect to make for Thanksgiving!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry sauce, maple cranberry sauce, maple syrup cranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author April


  • 3 cups cranberries
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt and pepper optional


  • 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.


Recipe was published 11/19/2018.Updated 11/20/2019