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Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

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
    3 cups


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


  • In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, orange juice and vanilla bean. Cook over medium heat until the berries pop, about 15 minutes.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 87 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Amber
    Dec 15, 2018

    I've been on a kick trying various versions of recipes. This passing thanksgiving I made homemade cranberry sauce but it only called for water and sugar. This recipe is far better. I think the cranberries need the orange juice. I used fresh squeezed and added a smidge more sugar (just for preference). I think this will go great with the goose I am making for Christmas!

  • AllisonO
    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!