Cranberry Sauce with Maple Syrup

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


2 cups

Updated: Jul. 15, 2023
This cranberry sauce with maple syrup recipe is simple, quick and a family favorite. It's delicious as a garnish for turkey or other meat entrees. I'll often make a double batch so we have extra to spread on toast or even use as a topping on desserts. —Rebecca Israel, Mansfield, Pennsylvania
Cranberry Sauce with Maple Syrup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • Additional orange zest, optional


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, syrup, honey and orange zest. Cook over medium heat until the berries pop, about 15 minutes. Cover and store in the refrigerator. If desired, top with additional orange zest before serving.

Cranberry Sauce with Maple Syrup Tips

How do you store cranberry sauce with maple syrup?

Store the cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. With its high sugar content, it can last for up to 10 days when stored properly.

How should you serve cranberry sauce?

You can serve it any way you like it, though most home cooks serve it at room temperature or chilled. Either way, it’s excellent paired with these Thanksgiving sides.

What are some variations of this cranberry sauce recipe?

You can add one cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to the recipe. Or, stir in 1/4 cup spiced rum, brandy or bourbon while it’s cooking. For a spiced amaretto cranberry sauce, add 1/4 cup amaretto and 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice.

How can you use leftovers of this cranberry sauce with maple syrup?

Use it for a fall brunch by spreading it over French toast or waffles, with dessert, or on a savory piece of toast. There are many health benefits of cranberries, so take any excuse to add them to your plate. Try more cranberry recipes, both sweet and savory.

Elizabeth Harris

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 64 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.