Tart Cranberry Butter Recipe
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Tart Cranberry Butter Recipe

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One of my favorite toppings for toast is this tart spread. It's also great spooned over poultry…and ice cream! I've given jars as gifts and have always gotten positive comments. —Carol Studebaker, Gladstone, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 10 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 57 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), trace protein


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the cranberries, apple juice and sugar to a boil. Cook 10-15 minutes or until all berries have popped, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Process in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  2. Return cranberry mixture to the saucepan; add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months. Yield: 5 cups.
Originally published as Cranberry Butter in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2001, p45

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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"I made this cranberry butter as an alternative to butter for things like English muffins and bagels. It is wonderful! It has taste, texture, aroma and color. My husband likes eating plain. He says it is better than regular cranberry sauce. My daughter, who is extremely, picky at eating, really likes it also. The batch makes enough to give some as gifts, which I am doing. To be honest, I skipped the blender section and just mashed and stirred the berries really well. It was a time and mess thing. Sorry. But, hey, this recipe is terrific!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"This is a wonderful fruit butter! Our family loves anything with cranberries and it was so easy to make. Yes, I am going to make and can another batch for gifts. Thanks for a great twist on an old recipe! It's a keeper!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"I have made many kinds of fruit butter but like another reviewer I have never thought of cranberry. As far as canning, I have successfully canned plum and apple butters so I don't see why you couldn't can this one. Since I have not yet made this recipe, I am only rating it with 3 stars but I am definitely going to be giving this one a try!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"I just made this. It is so good!!! And so easy. I only made half the recipe as I didn't have the full amount of cranberries. Will make a great gift for a friend!!! I love making fruit butters! Will make again!--AND , NO, NONE OF YOUR FRUIT BUTTERS HAVE BUTTER IN THEM."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Does anyone know if this could be canned?"

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