Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce (The Kids Cook Monday)

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We’re doing a special Thanksgiving edition of The Kids Cook Monday, because what better time to get the whole family in the kitchen than for one of the most festive meals of the year? There are several parts of the traditional Thanksgiving meal that the kids can help with, and one of our boys’ favorites is the cranberry sauce. It’s also a great make-ahead dish, so you can have it ready in the refrigerator up to three days before.

This cranberry sauce includes golden raisins and is sweetened slightly with maple syrup and flavored with orange juice and zest, cinnamon, and cloves. It makes a good size batch that will serve 6 to 8 people, and it’s easy enough that a 9-year-old can make it.

Andrea Meyers - Adding maple syrup for cranberry sauce.

Make sure to visit The Kids Cook Monday for more recipes to cook with your kids.

How Adults Can Help the Kids

  • Demonstrate and assist with any tasks that might be new: zesting, measuring, pouring, stirring.
  • Assign the simpler tasks, such as washing the cranberries and pouring in the ingredients, to the younger kids, and save the more challenging tasks for the older kids and adults.

    Safety Tips

  • Make sure an adult is present at all times.
  • Young children should not handle zesters, as they are extremely sharp. Make sure an adult or older child or teenager does the zesting.

Andrea Meyers - Zesting an orange for cranberry sauce.

Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce
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Part of The Kids Cook Monday series.
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 2 (12-ounce/340 g bags) fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 cup (160 g) golden raisins
  • 1 cup (240 ml) maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • zest of 1 orange, plus extra for garnish
  1. In the 4 quart saucepan, stir together the cranberries, raisins, maple syrup, water, and orange juice. Bring to a boil and cook while stirring, until the cranberries begin to pop, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cinnamon, cloves, and orange zest and bring back to a simmer. Continue cooking for another 3 to 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving. Garnish with strips of orange zest.
More Information

4-quart heavy bottom saucepan with lid

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  1. Delora says

    I’d never used maple syrup in cranbrry sauce before, so tried this. Yum! Also added dried dates and figs because I had them in the house.


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