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Christmas Cranberries

 Christmas Cranberries
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
32 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Process: 15 min.


  • 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


  • In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, orange juice and
  • bourbon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 18-22
  • minutes or until berries pop and mixture has thickened.
  • Stir in vanilla and orange peel. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot
  • half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe
  • rims and adjust lids. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water
  • canner. Yield: 4 half-pints.
Nutritional Facts: 2 tablespoons equals 54 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.