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Cherry Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cherry Cranberry Sauce Recipe

My mother-in-law makes this super-easy sauce every Thanksgiving. Cherries give tart cranberries a slightly sweet flavor. I serve it alongside turkey, pork and ham.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:14 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (1 pound)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) pitted tart cherries, drained


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and cherries. Bring to a boil. Cook uncovered, until cranberries begin to pop, about 6 minutes. Reduce heat; cook 20 minutes longer or until thickened. Pour into a serving dish. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 118 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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Diane User ID: 8977154 257498
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"I started making this for holidays several years ago. It's been a big hit. I substitute Orange Juice for half of the water for a little kick. At Christmas I plan to try Apple Juice instead of water. Either way, it thickens up just fine for me after a couple of hours in the fridge."

Jeninfla1964 User ID: 742491 135658
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"I've been making this for several years now. Its a huge hit. I do add a bit of almond extract to the finished product to "kick it up a notch". The first time I made this my son got a hold of it and ate half of it before I could stop him and I had to make another batch.

Also great on vanilla ice cream."

seasons4 User ID: 978190 132823
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"I tried this recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a hit - I was told to make it again."

SK from Dallas User ID: 6979704 207282
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"My Mom has been making this delish recipe for at least 10 years now. Both my sister and I make it for our family's Thanksgiving dinner. Mom cut the water down to 3/4 cup, and it thickens up quickly. Be sure to pop those cranberries with the back of a wooden spoon, while simmering. Just made up a recipe for this year's turkey Day! YUM!"

Syla_g User ID: 6365793 132852
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"It came out great. I have never made cranberry sauce before since I'm not a big fan of cranberries. This recipe was simple enough and let me use up leftover cherries I had. I made an adult version of the recipe by adding alcohol infused sour cherries I lad left over from making a Cherry Liquor. While cooking I thought it was a little too sweet, but at the end it came out just right. I didn't have problems with it not getting thick. Since I made this recipe a day in advance I had to warm it up before serving it jellied so well. Adults in my family liked it a lot, and I think I will make it every year from now on."

missriss User ID: 3677163 69285
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"I made this for Thanksgiving and was not real impressed with it."

LKCastano10 User ID: 5576870 82115
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"I have made this recipe for the past few years during the holiday season and my friends and family love it. Its a great flavorful alternative to jellied cranberry sauce and is a lovely colorful addition to a holiday table. My family and friends ask if I will be making this recipe every year and I often find myself making extra to last through the leftovers!"

JMU User ID: 1687266 207281
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"This recipe tastes good, but it just would not thicken up for me. I finally added some cornstarch. I also topped my portion w/cinnamon."

rduckworth User ID: 2502241 149741
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"This is super easy and tastes out of this world. Most of my family likes cherries and it was almost a " no brainer" with them."

ellynp User ID: 4173173 132821
Reviewed May. 24, 2009

"It is very good on grilled brats instead of using catsup, etc......also on pancakes with some whip cream and also on ice cream"

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