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Tart Cranberry Butter

One of my favorite toppings for toast is this tart spread. It's also great spooned over poultry…and ice cream! I've given jars as gifts and have always gotten positive comments. —Carol Studebaker, Gladstone, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    5 cups


  • 10 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the cranberries, apple juice and sugar to a boil. Cook 10-15 minutes or until all berries have popped, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Process in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Return cranberry mixture to the saucepan; add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 57 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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  • JoannieKR
    Dec 24, 2014

    I made this cranberry butter as an alternative to butter for things like English muffins and bagels. It is wonderful! It has taste, texture, aroma and color. My husband likes eating plain. He says it is better than regular cranberry sauce. My daughter, who is extremely, picky at eating, really likes it also. The batch makes enough to give some as gifts, which I am doing. To be honest, I skipped the blender section and just mashed and stirred the berries really well. It was a time and mess thing. Sorry. But, hey, this recipe is terrific!

  • Ozarkagirl
    Dec 21, 2014

    This is a wonderful fruit butter! Our family loves anything with cranberries and it was so easy to make. Yes, I am going to make and can another batch for gifts. Thanks for a great twist on an old recipe! It's a keeper!

  • bziol
    Dec 18, 2014

    I have made many kinds of fruit butter but like another reviewer I have never thought of cranberry. As far as canning, I have successfully canned plum and apple butters so I don't see why you couldn't can this one. Since I have not yet made this recipe, I am only rating it with 3 stars but I am definitely going to be giving this one a try!

  • fay773
    Dec 18, 2014

    I just made this. It is so good!!! And so easy. I only made half the recipe as I didn't have the full amount of cranberries. Will make a great gift for a friend!!! I love making fruit butters! Will make again!--AND , NO, NONE OF YOUR FRUIT BUTTERS HAVE BUTTER IN THEM.

  • enderslove
    Dec 18, 2014

    Does anyone know if this could be canned?

  • debkarow
    Dec 18, 2014

    Haven't made this but wanted to comment that fruit butters do not contain actual butter to those who are asking where the butter is. I have made various fruit butters: apple,peach, pear, quince and pumpkin.I never thought of cranberry and this sounds tasty.I definitely want to make this!

  • cangel0209
    Dec 18, 2014

    Could someone rate it after they've actually tried it?? I'm curious about the recipe but cautious. I'd like to see reviews from people that have actually made and tasted it! Of course, I have to rate it to submit this feedback.... Disregard my stars please!

  • bjtownsend75
    Dec 18, 2014

    To the first two reviewers - have you never heard of apple butter? There is no butter in that either. It's a spread that can be used in place of butter on toast, etc. I plan to try this one. It will make a nice holiday season hostess gift.

  • Wyn50
    Dec 18, 2014

    I thought the same thing at 1st glance but realized it's like apple butter, pumpkin butter, etc. They're slow cooked down concentrated versions of the fruit. Tart Cranberry "Butter" would probably work. Looks good - I'm going to give it a try.

  • 1alta1
    Dec 18, 2014

    Agree with the 1st review--where is the butter? The name of this recipe is totally misleading. It's a spread or topping--not a butter. The name needs to be changed. Also thought the cranberries would be blended/chopped. etc. since it is used on bread.