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Orange Cherry Cranberry Sauce {Homemade Cranberry Sauce}

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Orange Cherry Cranberry Sauce is the best cranberry sauce recipe. When you make this easy homemade cranberry sauce will never want to have canned cranberry sauce again! With the added dried cherries, this cranberry sauce is perfect for your holiday table!

Orange Cherry Cranberry Sauce {Homemade Cranberry Sauce}

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

When I was married, I knew the first Thanksgiving with my ex was his first real Thanksgiving. So as a new bride, I wanted him to have a traditional Thanksgiving, everything homemade, including the cranberry sauce.

The problem was I never made homemade cranberry sauce before. My family has always had canned ocean spray cranberry sauce. So I researched for the best cranberry sauce I could make him.

Orange Cherry Cranberry Sauce {Homemade Cranberry Sauce}

Best cranberry sauce recipe

When did my research for the best cranberry sauce recipe, I found out making a homemade cranberry sauce was actually quite easy. Truth is after that first cranberry sauce I made, I realized a cranberry sauce recipe tastes so much better then the canned cranberries I grew up with.

What makes for the best cranberry sauce? It is the simplicity of a cranberry recipe. All you need is

  • water
  • sugar
  • cranberries

You make a simple syrup with the sugar and water add cranberries and cook until they pop! A basic cranberry sauce recipe is really simple!

Cranberry sauce with orange juice

Over the years I have tinkered with my cranberry sauce recipe. What I discovered is a cranberry sauce with orange juice tastes much better than one made with just water.

The orange juice really makes cranberries burst with flavor. If I am making my homemade cranberry sauce for my mom, I do use half water, half orange juice, to help cut down on the citric acid since she has to watch that.

Making cranberry sauce with orange juice is amazing, but cutting it with water is just as great! Then adding dried cherries! Flavor explosion.

Orange Cherry Cranberry Sauce {Homemade Cranberry Sauce}

Cranberry Sauce With Orange

So how did I come up with cranberry sauce with orange? I had a thought, instead of using water to make the simple syrup, why not use orange juice instead. I decided to add cherries to my cranberry sauce with orange to add a bit more sweetness to the cranberry sauce recipe. What I had was a great homemade cranberry sauce!


Dried cherries

So how did the dried cherries end up in this cranberry sauce recipe? Honestly from making cookies!
I was making dried cherry cookies and I bought too many dried cherries from Trader Joe’s. So I thought let’s try some in my homemade cranberry sauce. It really did pop with flavor!

Dried cherries are optional in this cranberry sauce with orange juice. You don’t have to add them, but if you do! You will agree this is the best cranberry sauce recipe!

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Orange Cherry Cranberry Sauce {Homemade Cranberry Sauce}

Yield: 6 servings

Orange Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce in grey bowl with brown specks orange peel garnish on wood table and tarnish spoon

A cherry and orange twist on a traditional cranberry sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange peeled and cut into sections
  • 3/4 cup dried Bing cherries (Optional)
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Combine orange juice and sugar in saucepot, stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Then add the dried cherries (if you want) and orange sections.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Add cranberries, reduce heat, and cook until you hear them starting to pop.
  5. Then let cool in the fridge. Best to make these the night before so gel up nice for the meal, and ENJOY!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 1g

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Friday 27th of November 2020

This is, hands down, the absolute best homemade cranberry sauce recipe I've found! To borrow an expression my husband uses, this recipe is "Jam up & jelly tight!" His version of "it's so good, your tongue will beat your forehead to death for the last little taste". Why you would have food on your forehead, barring a food fight, is beyond me. Lol. I had a "duh" moment when it dawned on me how simple it can be to make a fruit pie filling if the fruit is prepared - something I have avoided like the plague because my mind takes the scenic route to get next door & overcomplicated the whole process. Thank you for sharing this. :-D


Wednesday 27th of November 2019

I don’t have oranges or dried cherries, but I do have the orange juice and fresh cherries. Would that work okay?


Saturday 30th of November 2019

I think it will, do this: 1 cup OJ 1 Cup sugar, add cherries and cranberries


Monday 23rd of April 2018

This Orange Cherry Cranberry Sauce looks festive! i love that has cherries in it!

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