Cranberry Sauce with Raspberries

by on October 21, 2013

Raspberry Cranberry Sauce

Raspberry Cranberry Sauce

Editorial Note: October 21, 2013. This year I am actually sharing my “world famous” cranberry sauce recipe BEFORE Thanksgiving. But I’m not taking any credit for a new found awareness of editorial calendars and such. It’s because of the Midlife Boulevard recipe blog hop!

I know. I know. Bloggers usually share their Thanksgiving recipes BEFORE Thanksgiving, but I didn’t think of it at the time. We had a wonderful holiday at my parents’ house. My Dad smoked a turkey in the backyard, which turned out awesome. And we had about a thousand side dishes, all made from scratch.

All from scratch, except the cranberry sauce, which was going to come from a can. But when my son arrived from college, and discovered that I wasn’t planning on making my famous fresh cranberry sauce, he protested. So at 3:30pm on Thanksgiving Day, he drove me to the store (which was pretty empty by then) for the ingredients. And in about 45 minutes, my cranberry sauce was made, chilled, and perfectly jelled.

Here’s my secret recipe. This is based on a recipe I got years ago from Gourmet Magazine, but because I never cut it out, this version is what it has evolved into over the years.

Recipe: Cranberry Sauce with Raspberries


  • 1 16oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 bag/box of frozen raspberries
  • Juice of one medium lemon
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients in small saucepan. Stir occasionally (so the bottom doesn’t burn). Simmer until all the cranberries pop.
  2. This can be made a day in advance, and chilled over night in the refrigerator.
  3. If you don’t have time to chill in the fridge, place the sauce in a bowl, and place this bowl in a larger bowl with ice, salt, water. Stir occasionally, until the sauce cools and jells.

Quick Notes

The cranberries can be purchased fresh, then frozen. I usually pop a few bags of fresh cranberries into the freezer so that I can make this again, after cranberry season.

If you have any sauce leftover after dinner, this tart cranberry/raspberry sauce is great over vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

My rating: 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Originally published: Dec 2, 2008

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen D. Austin October 23, 2013 at 5:04 am

Oh, I haven’t seen a cranberry dish for T-day with raspberries. And I love cran-raspberry drinks. Thanks for the recipe.


Barbara Feldman October 29, 2013 at 8:32 am

Oh yes, Ocean Spray does make a cranberry-raspberry juice. I had forgotten about that.


GrownandFlown October 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Barbara, jelled cranberry sauce is the ultimate buzz kill for Thanksgiving, if you’ve ever served homemade cranberry sauce. Good for you son to demand perfection! This looks wonderful – thanks for sharing.


Barbara Feldman October 29, 2013 at 8:31 am

LOL! Yes, I agree. Canned, jelled cranberry sauce is an insult to the turkey.


Helene Cohen Bludman October 22, 2013 at 4:17 am

We already have a cranberry dish that is traditional on our Thanksgiving table, but I just might have to make this, too. It sounds wonderful.


My Busy Family September 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

That sounds really good. How about the recipe on the cranberry bag? Has anyone tried that?
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helyn December 5, 2008 at 1:15 am

The recipe was great. Here in Australia it can get up to 35 degrees C on Christmas Day so I will be using it on ice cream!!! Thanks.


Lois Newdorf December 4, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Thanks for the recipe. It’s soooo good. I still have a little leftover from Thanksgiving. I put a little cream cheese on a bagel and topped it with the cranberry sauce. It was yummy and it looked very pretty, too. Tonight I told my friend about how delicious it was and she asked me for the recipe. Excellent timing. (I’ll never be able to use canned again!) Lois xo


Lynne Lewis December 4, 2008 at 6:11 am

Thanks Barbara,
Wonderful recipe. Will add it to my list
of favourites.
Wish you health and happiness during the
festive seasons.
Best wishes


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