Cranberry Mustard Sauce

Like a honey mustard sauce made with cranberry sauce. It’s a festive dip for pretzels or glaze for meat, and a perfect use for leftover cranberry sauce! Versatility, whoa! This post is sponsored by Produce for Kids.

Cranberry Mustard Sauce, like honey mustard but made with cranberry sauce. A great dip for pretzels or glaze for chicken.

It’s always funny to me how I come up with recipes. This one had a roundabout thought process.

I was daydreaming about this Raspberry Baked Chicken that I created for Produce for Kids. It’s such a simple but delicious recipe with chicken, fresh raspberries, basil leaves and Brie. I was thinking about how perfect it would be over the holidays because it’s got that classic red and green color-thing going on.

Raspberry Baked Chicken

And the Brie. You really can’t have Christmas without Brie.

Then I started thinking that you could probably swap out the raspberries for cranberries to make it even more festive. I decided I needed to give it a try. Right that minute. But alas, I didn’t have any fresh cranberries. What I did have was some fresh cranberry sauce leftover from Thanksgiving (mine was this homemade recipe but a can works just as well). I decided to add some mustard to it to make it a bit tangier. And some minced onion. And salt and garlic powder. I tasted it. Mmmm. It didn’t even need any chicken, basil or Brie. It was good already.

I grabbed some pretzels and used it as a dip. Seriously good. I did a bit of tweeking. I wound up adding some honey. I also decided that the chunky texture wasn’t ideal for a pretzel dip so I put it in the blender.

In the end, it reminded me of a honey mustard-style sauce, but made with cranberry sauce. It’s great as a dip for pretzels or cocktail wieners. And I have slathered some chicken in it and baked it up, kind of like a cranberry-mustard BBQ sauce. It’s also fantastic on turkey burgers and pork chops.

I think you’re going to love how versatile this sauce is. And how delicious and perfect for the holiday season.

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Cranberry Mustard Sauce

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups


To make this sweet and tangy sauce, everything goes into the blender until smooth. Then done. Use it as a dip for pretzels or cocktail wieners. It’s also great as a BBQ-style sauce on chicken and pork. Crazy good on a turkey burger!


  • 1 and 1/2 cups cranberry sauce (that’s about 114 oz. can)
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.
Disclosure: Produce for Kids paid for me to attend a conference earlier this year. In exchange I agreed to write some blog posts that link to their recipes, like the one linked to above. I created that chicken recipe and have tasted it many times. I stand by it and am delighted to tell you about it. All opinions are my own.

6 responses to “Cranberry Mustard Sauce”

  1. CJ Nichols says:

    this was awesome
    Use it on salad as well

  2. Dawn says:

    I made this and mine was very red, also…Actually kinda hot pink. I skipped the salt, since pretzels have plenty already. It’s VERY good. I used my tart homemade sauce, so it’s still tart. Love it! Thanks for the idea!

  3. Angelika WWeaver says:

    Hi. I just made the cranberry mustard dip and it was bright red not the colour you posted? Also I added some hot sauce to it to make it a little zippy….no honey added as the cranberries are super sweet already.

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Angelika, I’m just guessing but maybe your cranberry sauce was redder than mine, or your mustard less brown? I’m not sure. I like the idea of the hot sauce!

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