13 Ways to Get Creative with Homemade Cranberry Sauce

We’re not ashamed to admit that canned cranberry sauce is pretty delicious, but once you know how easy it is to make homemade cranberry sauce, you’re never going to want to have the canned version again. The basic recipe is liquid, cranberries and sugar, but there are so many ways to switch things up with different ingredients. Here are some of our favorite homemade cranberry sauce recipes.

Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce

Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce

The secret ingredient in this cranberry sauce? Ginger beer!

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Apple Strawberry Cranberry Sauce

Apple Strawberry Cranberry Sauce

Tartness not your thing? This slow cooker sauce from Peas and Crayons is made sweeter with apples and strawberries.

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Spiced Rum Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Rum Cranberry Sauce

The View From Great Island adds rum to traditional cranberry sauce.

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Cardamon-Spiced Cranberry Pear Sauce

Cardamon-Spiced Cranberry Pear Sauce

Cardamom adds a warm, comforting flavor to this sauce from An Edible Mosaic.

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Honey-Sweetened Orange Cranberry Sauce

Honey-Sweetened Orange Cranberry Sauce

Instead of adding loads of sugar, Texanerin Bakes uses honey to sweet this cranberry sauce.

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Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

The Kitchen Is My Playground mixes things up by adding Grand Marnier.

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Cranberry Apple Chutney

Cranberry Apple Chutney

This chutney from Nutmeg Nanny isn't just for Thanksgiving--it would make a fantastic homemade food gift too!

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Spicy Cranberry Apple Sauce

Spicy Cranberry Apple Sauce

Try adding a little heat to your cranberry sauce with this recipe from Connoisseurus Veg.

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Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce

Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce

This maple-sweetened sauce from Kitchen Treaty is a crowd-pleaser.

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Raspberry Balsamic Cranberry Sauce

Raspberry Balsamic Cranberry Sauce

Balsamic vinegar adds depth to this sauce from Sweet Peas and Saffron.

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Chipotle White Ale Cranberry Sauce

Chipotle White Ale Cranberry Sauce

We love the addition of smoky chipotle (and beer!) in this cranberry sauce from The Beeroness.

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Cranberry White Wine Sauce

Cranberry White Wine Sauce

White wine makes this cranberry sauce from The Frugal Foodie Mama perfect for special occasions.

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Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce

Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce

Ginger makes this sauce extra special.

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Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread

Got leftover cranberry sauce? This is our favorite way to use it.

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9 Ways to Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce

9 Ways to Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce

...and we've got even more ideas for leftovers here!

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