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Cranberry Sauce NOT canned berry sauce

Fresh cranberry sauce is so very easy to make, I cannot understand why anyone would go for the canned. This recipe is a starting point. Every year I change my sauce up a bit depending upon what’s in my refrigerator and what else is being served with my Thanksgiving meal. Oranges can sub for the grapefruit, or use mango, apples and/or raisins. I like my sauce on the tart side so taste your sauce and add sugar or more honey as you like it.

The sauce keeps at least a week and freezes well. I use any leftover for topping my hot cereal. For that reason I buy several bags of cranberries now, when they are readily available, keep in my freezer and make more sauce as desired.

1 bag of fresh (or frozen) cranberries

1 grapefruit, zested, peeled and cut into sections

1/3 cup honey (or granulated sugar)

3-5 pieces candied ginger

1/2 water

Zest the grapefruit (using only the yellow part) and place in a medium saucepan along with cranberries, honey, ginger, water, grapefruit sections and any juice you can squeeze out of what’s left of the grapefruit.

Cook on medium high heat. Once cranberries start to “pop” lower the heat and cook another 10-15 minutes. Let cool and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


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Monster Cookies

Oatmeal – Cranberry Cookies

These delicious cookies are curiously addictive. 

3/4 cup unsalted butter (can substitute canola oil for some of the butter)

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar (light or dark)

2 large eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute

1 1/2 T honey

2 t orange extract Image

1/4 t salt

2 cups flour

18 ounces rolled or quick cooking oats

12 ounces fresh cranberries, chopped (can use fresh/frozen without thawing)

1/2 cup raisins

chopped zest of 1 orange

1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment.

Cream butter and sugar, add applesauce and continue to beat until smooth. Beat in eggs, honey, extract and salt until consistency is smooth. 

Using your hands add in the flour and oats along with the cranberries, raisins, zest and nuts. You will need a VERY LARGE bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. 

Form dough into patties about 1/2″ thick and 3 inches in diameter (like a hamburger). 

Bake until lightly browned 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire racks.  Cookies can be frozen after baking.