Take-out Tuesday, Two Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipes

Happy November!

Are your thoughts turning to Thanksgiving

and the upcoming holidays?

Cranberry is the flavor of the month on the Painted Apron,

so let’s kick off the month with Cranberry Sauce recipes!

Stove top Cranberry, Orange Maple Sauce

and Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Sauce

Stove top Cranberry, Orange Maple Sauce

combines cranberries, orange juice, maple syrup and orange zest

plus optional walnuts or pecans

A few minutes on the stove top and it’s ready!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Sauce

only calls for 5 simple ingredients,

cranberries, clementines, sugar, bay leaves and cinnamon

Put everything in the slow cooker

Cook on high for 1 hour,

give it a stir and then continue to cook for 2 more hours

This is how it looks after 3 hours

Stir again, and then leave the crock pot lid off

and let it cook for another 30 minutes

It will significantly reduce down to a lovely thick sauce

All done!

The Slow Cooker sauce only makes 1 cup of sauce

so increase ingredient amounts as needed

Recipes are adapted from Happier Than a Pig in Mud

and French Gardener Dishes

Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Sauce

5 ingredients and a few hours in the slow cooker and you will have a delicious homemade cranberry orange sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup


  • slow cooker


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 clementines peeled and sectioned
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Place everything in a 4 quart slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high 1 hour. Stir, cover and continue to cook for 2 more hours, stirring every hour.
  • After 3 hours, stir and then leave the pot uncovered and cook 30 more minutes. Cool. Transfer to a jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Yields about 1 cup. Double recipe for a pint.
Keyword cranberry orange sauce, cranberry sauce, holiday condiment, slow cooker cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving

Cranberry, Orange and Maple Sauce

This easy stove top sauce only takes a few minutes to make and it can be made up to 3 days ahead or frozen
Servings 10


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries rinsed
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1 cup of walnuts or pecans


  • In a medium saucepan mix together the cranberries, maple syrup, orange juice and orange zest.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer until the cranberries burst open, about 5-10 minutes.
  • The sauce will thicken as it cools. Refrigerate once the sauce as completely cooled.
  • Add the nuts after the sauce is cooled.


The sauce can be made 3 days in advance and kept refrigerated. Can be frozen, without the nuts, for up to a month.

Gobble Gobble!

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27 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Two Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipes”
  1. Awesome! I like slow cooker method more…dump everything in and forget about it 🙂

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    You know me, I like making just about anything in the slow cooker. The cranberry sauce is right up my alley. Thanks and have a great week Jenna.

  3. Jenna, since I love cranberries these recipes are perfect for the holiday season. I will still open a can of jellied cranberry sauce for my sweet Daddy. Happy Tuesday!

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, both recipes sound yummy! I love the idea of the slow cooker recipe. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here. Happy November!

  5. Great recipe. This is somewhat similar to what my mom did minus the slow cooker. The slow cooker certainly makes it easy!! Have a great week Jenna!

  6. This is very timely, delicious and consider them saved! I just bought an enormous bag of cranberries (some to freeze) but some for sauce. And now, something new to try!

  7. I love the use of maple and oranges here! Homemade is so delicious. Yet, there are a couple in the family we have to buy the little can of jellied stuff for!

  8. Yep, it’s cranberry season for sure! I like the addition of syrup:@)

  9. YUM! Love a slow cooker way of doing things! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  10. lghiggins says:

    I used to make cranberry sauce with K and 1st grade students as a center activity. They loved to watch the cranberries pop, and so did I! The slow cooker sounds like a great way to go; I’ve never done that!

  11. Mary says:

    Hurray for cranberry season Jenna! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. ♥

  12. helenfern says:

    I’ve never used maple syrup in cranberries. I’ll have to try it! Thanks so much for sharing at the Lazy Gastronome’s What’s for Dinner party! Have a fabulous weekend and hope to see you on Sunday!

  13. Judee says:

    I’m drooling- they both look sooo delicious.

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