Cranberry Sauce with Walnuts Recipe
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Cranberry Sauce with Walnuts Recipe

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You'll be the most popular person at Thanksgiving dinner when you bring this sauce. All the women in my family serve it. The apricot preserves, lemon and toasted walnuts make it different.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:14 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/4 cup) equals 178 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and water to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in the cranberries. Cook until berries pop, about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir in preserves and lemon juice. Transfer to a bowl. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled. Stir in walnuts just before serving. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Cranberry Sauce with Walnuts in Country Woman November/December 2006, p31

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Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"Mmm - I reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 cups as there were less than 12 oz. berries. Removed the wrinkled ones. Maybe 1 cup sugar would work. Hubby thought was too sweet. Used 1/4 cup preserves and 1 tsp. lemon juice. Walnuts offset the sweetness. First time making cranberry sauce."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015


Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Excellent Cranberry Sauce."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"This was so easy to make and wow everyone at Thanksgiving couldn't get over how great it was. I am now in charge of making the cranberry sauce forever. I'll be making it again on Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe"

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