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Christmas Cranberries Recipe
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Christmas Cranberries Recipe

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Bourbon adds bite to this holiday standby, packed in a small heavy-duty glass storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Wrap in a vintage tea towel or cloth napkin, cinch with ribbon and adorn with small ornaments. —Becky Jo Smith, Kettle Falls, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Process: 15 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Process: 15 min.
MAKES: 32 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons equals 54 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice and bourbon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 18-22 minutes or until berries pop and mixture has thickened.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and orange peel. Ladle hot mixture into four hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 15 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 4 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Originally published as Christmas Cranberries in Taste of Home December/January 2012, p63

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons equals 54 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

I prepared this and gave some to my friends as gifts. They were so impressed and requested that I make more!

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Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

I just made this recipe. I did a double batch, and it worked great. It made 20 1/2-cup jars (ndividual servings). It tastes great and cooks so long that the alcohol must mostly evaporate. I made the recipe as given--no changes except the doubling.

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

Yummy!

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Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

I am excited to try this recipe for holiday giving and have loaded it into my Taste of Home Recipe box, but don't want to use the bourbon, here is the substitution I plan to use:

For ¼ cup bourbon, substitute: ¼ cup Sparkling apple cider; sparkling cranberry juice; or sparkling grape juice. These are non-alcoholic but carbonated, non-carbonated would work also!

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