Honey Crisp Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Chef Resha
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings


Intensely flavored homemade cranberry sauce studded with honey crisp apples, made with pure maple syrup and apple cider. Say no to canned.


  • 1 12oz. bag of cranberries, washed
  • 1 cup honeycrisp apple, diced (granny smith works too)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup grade-A maple syrup
  • 1 cinnamon stick, optional
  • 1 star anise, optional
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp orange marmalade (optional)
  • tiny pinch of cayenne
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • Zest from an orange or tangerine


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium/medium-low to simmer for about 10-12 minutes or until all the of berries have collapsed and the apples are tender but not mushy.
  3. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool and thicken for about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove cinnamon stick and star anise, if using.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning/sweetness as needed.
  6. Serve at room temperature.


Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your desired level. It’s okay to leave out certain spices if you don’t have them.

  • Category: thanksgiving, sauces

Keywords: homemade cranberry sauce

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