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Maple Cranberry Sauce

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

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.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry
Servings: 8
Calories: 54kcal


  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • Juice of 1 medium orange
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 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.


This cranberry sauce can be made in advance. It will keep in a container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. You can also freeze the sauce for up to 4 months. 


Serving: 8g | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 45mg | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 23mg