Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The most delicious cranberry sauce recipe with a splash of Grand Marnier from MyBakingAddiction.com

Tart, fresh cranberries combine with sugar, orange juice and a splash of Grand Marnier to create an incredibly delicious homemade cranberry sauce.

If you caught my post for Cranberry Fluff, you may remember me discussing the fact that I am a self-proclaimed turkey disliker. Not a hater, just a disliker. No matter how it’s cooked – fried, brined, roasted, smoked – it’s just not my fave. I’m a side dish girl through and through, but I’ll definitely dabble with the bird if it’s slathered in a bit of homemade cranberry sauce.

I’ve had this recipe for homemade cranberry sauce in draft mode since 2011. Yep, THREE Thanksgivings have come and gone since I started this post. Every year, I’ve forgotten to share it with you until it’s just too late. Last year, I can most definitely blame being ridiculously pregnant – which was pretty much my excuse for everything in 2013. But this girl isn’t pregnant, so I have no excuse this year. And since I decided to share some of my favorite side dishes with you this holiday season, I knew this homemade cranberry sauce had to be at the top of list.

The most delicious cranberry sauce recipe with a touch of Grand Marnier from MyBakingAddiction.comA couple of weeks ago, I was grabbing a quick bite to eat with my aunt and had a Turkey Cranberry Flatbread Sandwich from Panera Bread. It immediately brought this homemade cranberry sauce to mind. Have you tried that sandwich? It’s tasty, but I can’t wait to recreate it using homemade Thanksgiving leftovers because I’m fairly certain it will be amazing. At that moment I added an alert to my phone and calendar to post this recipe ASAP.

Now, I know it’s ridiculously easy to pop open a can of store-bought cranberry sauce and jiggle it out onto a pretty, festive plate, but trust me, homemade cranberry sauce is almost as easy. I promise.

Not only is it super easy to make, it is incredibly delicious. Tart, fresh cranberries are cooked with brown and white sugars, freshly squeezed orange juice, a touch of spice and just a hint of Grand Marnier. The flavors blend together to create a bright spot on your Thanksgiving plate that both teases the palate and provides a little freshness from all the heavy, gravy-laden sides.

Whether you’re in charge of the entire Thanksgiving spread this year or just a side dish, skip the jiggly stuff in a can. Your own boozy cranberry sauce is SO much better, and it’ll be ten times better in that Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. Trust me on this one, guys.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, optional


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugars, water and orange juice. Stir continuously until sugars are dissolved.
  2. Add in the cranberries and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Cook until the cranberries start to pop (about 10 minutes), stir constantly.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in Grand Marnier and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

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24 Responses to “Homemade Cranberry Sauce”

  1. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — November 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I’ll eat turkey if I don’t have to cook it. I’m weird like that. This cranberry sauce would be perfect though. It’s so simple and delicious!


    • Jamie — November 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks for visiting, I know you would love this cranberry sauce.


  2. DeAndrea — November 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I am a cranberry lover as well. My mother in law and I visited a local food truck a couple of years ago. It was close to Thanksgiving. I had my usual chicken salad with cranberries (yum) on a croissant. That day as a side it came with a cranberry Grand Marnier sauce with shortbread dippers, can I just say awesome! Have never forgotten these! I am thinking your recipe can replicate the sauce from that day. :) Will definitely have to try. Happy Thanksgiving!


    • Jamie — November 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      That sounds amazing! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.


  3. Alisa — November 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Cranberry fluff looks divine. How far in advance can I make this?


    • Jamie — November 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      I think the night before would be about as far as I’d push it. I hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy — November 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I LOVE recreating Panera recipes at home…such good inspiration :) I am a cranberry disliker…but maybe because I grew up eating the stuff out of the can…ew…I should give this a try! :)


    • Jamie — November 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      I hope you get the chance to try it! Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Melanie Martin — November 24, 2014 at 3:49 am

    I like the reciepe. I add a pinch of orange zest to this. Yummy!


    • Jamie — November 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Thanks for visiting, Melanie.

  6. Flygirl158 — November 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    The cranberry sauce is absolutely wonderful. I have so many ways to use this .. making Bobbie Sandwiches (with leftover turkey), as a side for dipping with shortbread cookies, as a glaze on a pork roast, and of course on top of the turkey. Can’t wait!


    • Jamie — November 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks so much, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed it!

  7. Claire — December 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Hi there, How long would the cranberry sauce keep for? Thanks


    • Jamie — December 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

      It will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. I hope this helps.

  8. Katie — November 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Just made this and it smells divine! I’m made it for tomorrow so will it be ok to keep fridge overnight? Can’t wait to try it :)


    • Jamie — January 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Hi, Katie! I think it will be just find in the refrigerator overnight. I hope you enjoyed it!

  9. Audra — April 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    You’re brilliant and your sauce is the very best we’ve ever had!  My husband who hates cranberry sauce was eating spoonfuls of it!  And our Grandma at the age of 77 (who’s very particular about it) nominated me to make the cranberry sauce for  this coming Thanksgiving and every year from now on!!  The only thing I did different is I added about a heaping teaspoon of grade b maple syrup after it was cooked bc my husband said it could use just a little more sweetness.  I personally thought it was perfect ~as is~ though!  Thank you so much for sharing your awesome sauce!!!  


    • Jamie — April 20, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Audra! I love the maple syrup addition! And Grandma is always right!

  10. Audra — April 19, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Oh and I  forgot to mention I didn’t even use Grand Mariner b/c I didn’t have it but it was oh so  beautiful!!  


    • Jamie — April 20, 2016 at 12:52 pm


  11. Santvani Bhajan — November 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Homemade cranberry sauce is so crazy good! Love that you added pumpkin pie spice!!


    • Jamie — November 22, 2016 at 11:14 am

      It’s really good, Santvani! It’s a nice addition. All the best to you!

  12. Alli — November 25, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    This was my first time making cranberry sauce and it was a hit!  I made it the day before and used triple sec, since I didn’t have any Grand Marnier on hand. Thank so much JLo!  


    • Jamie — November 27, 2016 at 8:24 am

      You’re very welcome, Alli! The addition of triple sec sounds wonderful!

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