Cherry Cranberry Sauce Recipe
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Cherry Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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My mother-in-law makes this super-easy sauce every Thanksgiving. Cherries give tart cranberries a slightly sweet flavor. I serve it alongside turkey, pork and ham.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (1 pound)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) pitted tart cherries, drained

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 118 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), trace protein


  1. In a large saucepan, cook sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and cherries. Bring to a boil. Cook uncovered, until cranberries begin to pop, about 6 minutes. Reduce heat; cook 20 minutes longer or until thickened. Pour into a serving dish. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Cherry Cranberry Sauce in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p118

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Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"I've been making this for several years now. Its a huge hit. I do add a bit of almond extract to the finished product to "kick it up a notch". The first time I made this my son got a hold of it and ate half of it before I could stop him and I had to make another batch.

Also great on vanilla ice cream."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"I tried this recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a hit - I was told to make it again."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"My Mom has been making this delish recipe for at least 10 years now. Both my sister and I make it for our family's Thanksgiving dinner. Mom cut the water down to 3/4 cup, and it thickens up quickly. Be sure to pop those cranberries with the back of a wooden spoon, while simmering. Just made up a recipe for this year's Turkey Day! YUM!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"It came out great. I have never made cranberry sauce before since I'm not a big fan of cranberries. This recipe was simple enough and let me use up leftover cherries I had. I made an adult version of the recipe by adding alcohol infused sour cherries I lad left over from making a Cherry Liquor. While cooking I thought it was a little too sweet, but at the end it came out just right. I didn't have problems with it not getting thick. Since I made this recipe a day in advance I had to warm it up before serving it jellied so well. Adults in my family liked it a lot, and I think I will make it every year from now on."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"I made this for Thanksgiving and was not real impressed with it."

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