The Best Cranberry Sauce {With Maple Syrup}

Maple Cranberry Sauce-fresh cranberry sauce sweetened with pure maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and a hint of cinnamon. This easy homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe is a holiday favorite for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. So much better than canned cranberry sauce and easy to make.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I stocked up on fresh cranberries when I made my Apple Cranberry Pie and decided to put some of them to use to make Maple Cranberry Sauce. It is the best cranberry sauce recipe and so easy to make. This Maple Cranberry Sauce is definitely going to be the sauce on our Thanksgiving and Christmas table this year. It is perfect in every way so if you are thinking about buying canned cranberry sauce for your holiday meal, think again. You HAVE to make homemade cranberry sauce. It is SO much better and I promise it’s just as easy as opening up a can:)

How To Make Cranberry Sauce With Maple Syrup

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Fresh cranberries will start appearing in stores at the end of October/early November, perfect timing for the holidays! Fresh cranberry sauce is a holiday staple! I like to buy several bags of fresh cranberries as soon as I see them in the stores. You can freeze fresh cranberries and I like to have a bag in the freezer at all times so I can always make cranberry sauce.

I love that this fresh cranberry sauce is sweetened with pure maple syrup. There are no refined sugars here, just fresh cranberries, pure maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and a little cinnamon. You will love this healthy cranberry sauce. All of the flavors combined taste like the holiDAZE! This healthy cranberry sauce is the best and always a hit at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe {Maple Syrup}

Easy Cranberry Sauce

My favorite part of making cranberry sauce is the pop, pop, pop! The cranberry sauce will also smell amazing and the red color is so vibrant.

The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. You can serve cranberry sauce hot, warm, or chilled. You can make this simple cranberry sauce in no time and it is SO much better than store bought. Plus, you can make it a few days in advance. Get it out of the way so you have one less thing to worry about on the big day! Store it covered in the refrigerator for 10-14 days. You can also freeze cranberry sauce.

Add this Maple Cranberry Sauce to your Thanksgiving and Christmas menus right now. It is the BEST cranberry sauce recipe and it is so easy! Maple Cranberry Sauce is a MUST make for the holiday season!

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How To Make Cranberry Sauce

Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Maple Cranberry Sauce

Fresh cranberry sauce sweetened with pure maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and a hint of cinnamon. This easy cranberry sauce is the perfect side dish to all of your holiday meals.
4.86 from 7 votes


  • 1 12 oz bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • Juice of 1 medium orange
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Place the cranberries in a colander and rinse with cold water. Discard any shriveled or damaged cranberries.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have broken down and thickened into a compote, about 20 minutes. The cranberries will pop, don't be scared:) The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Remove the cranberry sauce from the heat and stir in the cinnamon. Let cool completely at room temperature, then transfer to a bowl to chill in the refrigerator.


Note-this cranberry sauce can be made in advance. It will keep in a container in the refrigerator for up to 10-14 days. 


Serving: 8g, Calories: 54kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 45mg, Sugar: 12g, Calcium: 23mg
Keywords cranberry, cranberry sauce, sauce

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. We have typically made the traditional cranberry sauce that’s loaded with sugar, but I have been wanting to try one without all the refined sugar that is naturally sweetened. This sounds perfect!!! Definitely trying this for our Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. just in time, love the pure maple and orange zest to the orange, definitely beats any canned version of cranberry sauce!, thank you for sharing this!

  3. Cranberry is a staple on our table at Thanksgiving, in fact my sister and I always try to compete to see who’s sauce will be more popular. 

    I like most people have never thought to add maple to a cranberry sauce. I’m excited to try this recipe this year! Thanks for sharing! Cheers! 

  4. Love it! I adore cranberry sauce and all the creative opportunities that come with it. My next batch will most definitely include maple syrup. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for this recipe, Marie! I made it for Thanksgiving, and I think the family liked it. 🙂 We usually have the Ocean Spray canned stuff (which I admit, I love), so it was a good alternative!

  6. 5 stars
    Made this last year for Thanksgiving and I’m coming back to make it again this year because I loved it so much better than our usual canned! So good!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this with a couple of twists. Substitute the water with Cranberry-Pomegranite juice. !0 minutes into the cook, add an ounce of Grand Mariner. After the cook, add 1/2 cup of chopped black walnuts. You can also add a bit of ground cloves, or even a hint of hot pepper like cayenne for some extra kick!

  8. 5 stars
    This was a hit at our Thanksgiving table. My 10 year old made it herself and got rave reviews. The cinnamon adds something different to the sauce that we all enjoyed. And it tasted great over french toast the day after.

  9. My son made these as part of a home school project. They were delicious! I’m not confident they will last until Thanksgiving. Whoops!

  10. You’re right! The best!!! I added orange chunks and walnuts! Just like an old relative used to make! Definitely made him come alive and felt like a real Thanksgiving. Thank you!