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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The easiest homemade cranberry sauce around! Only 5 ingredients makes a fresh cranberry sauce with hints of rich vanilla.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce from scratch, easy cranberry sauce, how to make cranberry sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Julie Clark


  • 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries (about 2-2 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the cranberries, sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved. Heat the mixture to boiling, stirring often. The cranberries should start to "pop" and turn the sauce red. 
  • Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and butter.
  • Mix until the butter has completely melted.
  • Serve over turkey, ham or even cheesecake or ice cream.
  • Makes about 2 cups sauce. Refrigerate the leftovers.


The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 8 with 1 serving being about 1/4 cup of sauce. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg