Vanilla Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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This quick and easy cranberry sauce has the subtle flavors of vanilla and orange. It's been featured on our Thanksgiving menu for years.—Wilma Sue Sanders, Divide, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, split

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 87 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, orange juice and vanilla bean. Cook over medium heat until the berries pop, about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat; remove bean halves. With a sharp knife, scrape the bean to remove the seeds; stir into sauce. Discard bean. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or until chilled. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Vanilla Cranberry Sauce in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2009, p114

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AllisonO User ID: 7446023 238080
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"This sauce is definitely worth trying! SO easy (only four ingredients--REJOICE!!!!) and fast. My husband was my taste-tester and said he thought it was really good!

I think next time I make this (probably around Christmas) I will replace half the OJ with half a cup of apple juice just to give it a little more sweetness and balance the tartness of the cranberries. Or I may keep the OJ as-is and add another 1/4 cup of sugar to the mix. This is just to my family's preference. I may also add a second vanilla bean just because I love that flavor so much!"

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