Homemade cranberry sauce recipe in under 30 minutes

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Quick homemade cranberry sauce recipe with apple, lightly spiced and ready in under 30 minutes

In our house it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without homemade cranberry sauce. A spoonful alongside roast turkey, squash and potatoes brightens the heavy flavours with just the right amount of spice and a hint of tart. I even love the look of cranberry sauce on a plate, deep red and shiny.

I wasn’t always a cranberry sauce fan but when local berries started showing up at the farmer’s market I knew I had to give it a second chance. This version includes apples which changes the taste and texture completely. That, along with the subtle spicing, has turned this into my favourite fall and winter condiment. It’s tasty alongside cider glazed pork too. Another idea: spoon it into a pretty jar and give it as a hostess gift.

Cranberry sauce recipe with apple

Adapted from The New York Times Cookbook

  • 1 pound of cranberries, picked over and washed
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

Quick homemade cranberry sauce recipe with apple, lightly spiced and ready in under 30 minutes

Quick homemade cranberry sauce recipe with apple. Lightly spiced and ready in under 30 minutes

  1. In a medium pot combine the cranberries, sugar, molasses and apples.
  2. Cover and place on medium heat, stirring from time to time.
  3. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Uncover, turn the heat down to a simmer and cook another 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in the spices.

Mixture will thicken as it cools but cook it a little longer if you prefer a thicker sauce. Store in the refrigerator. This cranberry sauce will last for three months.

42 thoughts on “Homemade cranberry sauce recipe in under 30 minutes

  1. Lillian Mac Innis. says:

    Will try this for sure, and, Many Thanks..

    1. Donna Lee Bury says:

      > I simply make the sugar syrup then add 1/4 to 1/2 cuo “real” orange juice!

      1. Bridget says:

        Mmm, orange would make a nice addition. I’ll keep that in mind when I make my next batch. Thanks!

  2. Janice says:

    Made this today. Looking forward to having some with the pork scallopini tonight!

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Janice — I hope that you enjoyed it! I have to make another batch — none left after Sunday’s big dinner.

  3. sandi says:

    Sounds sooo good. I am going to cut the amounts in half as I live alone. Not much chance of any going to waste, it sounds like a tasty condiment to use with any meats, even fish.

  4. peggy murray says:

    cranberries sound good.i will have to try them.

  5. Hey Janice: Thanks for posting the home-made cranberry sauce under 30 minutes – – – it sounds delicious but wondering what type of apple did you use please? Does it matter? Thanks again – – – Just Judi

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Judy — I use firm, tart apples because that’s what we usually have in the house. Any sort of apple would work though.

  6. Donna says:

    Thanks for posting

  7. Brenda says:

    this sounds really good!!!

  8. sue says:

    Can and or will this turn out if using splenda? l really would like to make homemade stuff, but being a diabetic to much sugar..ty

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Sue, My guess is that it would work with Splenda since the natural pectin in the fruit will help it gel. You might have to cook it a bit longer though, not sure. Also, I’m not sure if there are an special considerations for cooking with Splenda. Good luck.

  9. Caroline says:

    This can be canned too, just make sure the spices are added with the cooking time and add a little lemon juice. to keep the color, and pput in sterile jars.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Caroline, Thanks for the tip. I might try that with this year’s batch.

  10. helen says:

    mmmm sounds yummie

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Helen, I just made it again on the weekend…It’s yummy enough to eat with a spoon!

  11. margo says:

    thanks for the recipe.sounds so good and will add bit of orange as mentioned above.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Margo, I like the idea of adding a bit of orange. The flavour would really suit the cranberry, spices and molasses.

  12. Gwen Pope says:

    Just finished making this recipe and it is delicious and colorful! I followed your suggestions for canning and now have a few bottles cooling on the counter to be enjoyed later! Thanks a bunch! 🙂

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Gwen, Oh, I wish I had done the same with mine this year. I’ll have to make another batch in time for Christmas.

  13. Betty Lou says:

    I am wondering if you can substitute honey or Maple syrup instead of the sugar and if so what ratio would I use? Thanks

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Betty Lou, Sorry that I didn’t get back to you before Thanksgiving. Yes, you could substitute honey or maple syrup for the sugar. I would start with half the amount and taste as you go. Also, you’ll likely have to cook it a little longer because there will be more liquid.

  14. cindy says:

    i made this today and smells soooo good cant wait to eat it for thanksgiving dinner tonight….ty

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Cindy, Glad you enjoyed it!

  15. Maggie says:

    Great recipe is to take left over cranberry sauce and make a cranberry coffee cake in a bundt pan, supper moist.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Maggie, Oh, cranberry sauce coffee cake sounds wonderful. Do you simply spread it over the batter to create a bit of a filling or do you spread it on top? Or, do you just mix it in with the batter?

  16. KAREN says:

    I add a can or bottle of Mandarin oranges to my cranberries when I cook them, It makes a wonderful mix.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Karen, Adding Mandarin oranges sounds lovely. Do you still add a bit of sugar?

  17. Cecilia Tan, says:

    Thanks for posting.I will make this for sure.

  18. Mary Lou says:

    I made this but left out the molasses and cooked it in orange juice. it was awesome !!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Mary Lou, Orange juice, great idea. About how much juice did you use?

  19. Maggie S says:

    We’ve always enjoyed cranberry sauce with the addition of an orange, but the apple is a great idea! My husband is a raisin lover so I imagine a handful would be a nice addition too. Hmmm with a few more apples and raisins I’d bet this would be a great pie or tart filling or maybe even add a scoop to a quickbread or muffin recipe!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Maggie, Great suggestions…mini turnovers would be good too.

  20. Frannie says:

    I make my homemade cranberry sauce with cranberries, grated orange rind, orange juice and sugar….simple and tasty.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Frannie, Isn’t it great how easy it is to make cranberry sauce. Makes me wonder why anyone would bother to buy it. Love the cranberry-orange combo too.

  21. margo says:

    turned out great for thanksgiving.gone.bought more cranberries as on sale and freezer for xmas.job done.this time added more apples(needed to be used up)added orange rind as the oj goes so well.delicious.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Margo, I love the idea of adding orange. It must add a nice lift.

  22. Deana says:

    Made this today, turned out wonderful and love it. Always love to try new ways. Last year made the cranberries with orange, orange rind and 1/2 ounze of Vodka. Put in tiny sealed jars and everyone got their own at the table. Great gift idea.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Deana, Great idea to put little jars at everyone’s plate. So thoughtful. I bet everyone loved it.

  23. Ann says:

    I love Cranberries ican eat them just out of the bag(I do make some funny faces though) Sometimes I add a can of cherry pie filling orange sections and zest and chopped pecans ,I get great compliments on this recipe.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Ann, Raw cranberries, wow, you’re tough. Cherry pie filling sounds like a great addition…would be lovely in tarts.

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