Crockpot cranberry sauce, small batch style! Make cranberry sauce right in your crockpot and save time and dishes! This one is loaded with cinnamon and orange juice–so good for Thanksgiving dinner for two, or also on a cheese board.

Cranberry Sauce in the Slow Cooker

Welcome to the second-only recipe using a slow cooker on this site! You didn’t miss my first one, Creme Brûlée in the Slow Cooker, did you? Because that would be sad.

So, I love this crockpot cranberry sauce for a few reasons. One: using the slow cooker is hands-off Turkey Day. Two: it’s so dang easy, your drunk uncle could make it. Three: it has many uses!

I want to see this cranberry butter snuggling up next to your sliced turkey. I also want to see a pretty little pot of it on your Thanksgiving day appetizer cheese board. Make it once, use it twice!

Easy cranberry sauce made in the slow cooker

I actually made a double batch of this crockpot cranberry sauce with two bags of cranberries because my neighbor dropped off some plum jelly and I wanted to give her a little mason jar full of love as a thank you.

Sometimes, the Dessert for Two world is lonely because my desserts don’t make a ton of leftovers to share with everyone. Every now and then, I make a giant batch dessert recipe, and share with everyone. But most of the time, my mini desserts get eaten right out of the oven by me and mine.

All that to say:  while sometimes I wish I had leftover dessert to share, I also don’t want to be the reason anyone has to go to the gym.

I’m going to cut that short right there and catch myself before I start to ramble about how much I hate to exercise. We do not talk of such things like ‘exercise’ as Turkey Day approaches. We actually don’t speak of things called ‘calories’ until well after the New Year. Well, well after.


Wash the cranberries and pour them in the slow cooker.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Next, get all fancy and peel all the zest off an orange, and add it to the slow cooker. Peel the orange and add it to the slow cooker, too. No need to chop it; it will break down while it cooks. Toss in a cinnamon stick, too.

Easy cranberry sauce

Next, add 1 cup of water and 1 1/2 cups of maple syrup. The flavor combo of maple, orange, cinnamon and cranberry is mind-blowing.

Homemade cranberry sauce recipe

Stir, and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Homemade cranberry sauce with orange and cinnamon

When it’s done, it will look like this:

Cranberry sauce recipe with orange

Now grab that immersion blender thingie you had in the bottom drawer. (If you don’t have one, transfer the contents to a blender.

Wait! Be sure to remove the orange peel and cinnamon stick first. Phew! That was close.

Cranberry Sauce Easy Recipe

Now we puree it!

Fresh cranberry sauce recipe

Then, drizzle it over sliced turkey, and scoop it up for your cheese tray.

Cranberry butter is a bit tangy, so it goes great with super rich triple-cream cheeses, like Brie and Taleggio. I’m eating it here with Goat Brie, also known as my new love in life. (Find it at Trader Joe’s. Wait, don’t. Or at least leave some for me!)

Cranberry butter with Brie Cheese appetizer

We have just a few more savory recipes for our small Thanksgiving, and then it’s onto dessert, baby. Sorry I called you baby.

Yield: 18 servings

A small Thanksgiving: Cranberry Butter

A small Thanksgiving: Cranberry Butter

This cranberry butter has so many uses!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 12-oz. bags of fresh cranberries
  • 1 large navel orange (seedless)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
  • 1 cup water


  1. First, rinse the cranberries and add them to the slow cooker.
  2. Use a vegetable peeler to peel off all of the zest from the orange. Be careful not get the white pith. Add it to the slow cooker.
  3. Peel the orange and add it to the slow cooker.
  4. Add the cinnamon stick, maple syrup, and water.
  5. Cook on LOW 4-6 hours.
  6. Remove the cinnamon stick and orange peel.
  7. Using an immersion blender (or regular blender), puree the contents of the slow cooker.
  8. Serve with sliced turkey or on a cheese tray.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 0g

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