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


  • 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: 54 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 13g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.


  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

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Lady Fingers User ID: 2682286 238010
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"I just made a 1/3 portion of this recipe -- perfect for a small household. 8 ounces of berries, 1/2 cup of sugar, juice and zest of a clementine, and a tablespoon of bourbon. It nicely fills an 8 ounce jelly jar, and tastes wonderful!"

JudyMille User ID: 3844022 120072
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!"

jmh_cats User ID: 3991580 187241
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."

Shawn Morgan User ID: 1893759 181199
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011


JADunn User ID: 3183986 196843
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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