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Homemade Cranberry Sauce in a white bowl

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce is very easy to make. A tart-sweet condiment that goes so well with turkey and stuffing.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thanksgiving, Thanksgiving side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Sandy


  • Sauce Pan


  • 12 oz Fresh Cranberries, rinsed (or frozen)
  • ½ teaspoon Orange Zest
  • ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ cup Orange Juice
  • ¼ cup Water
  • cup Brown Sugar (or start with less)
  • cup White Sugar (or start with less)

Optional Ingredients

  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cloves
  • Apple
  • Grand Marnier


  • Rinse the cranberries in a strainer and add to a sauce pan.
  • Add the orange zest, cinnamon, orange juice, water, brown sugar, and white sugar to the sauce pan. stir well.
  • Cover and cook over medium-low heat until the cranberries burst. Then turn off the heat, stir, and cover the pan. Let sit for several minutes until a little cooled.
  • Taste and adjust sugar, if needed. Do this while still warm so sugar dissolves if you add more.
  • The sauce will thicken a lot as it cools.


This recipe can be doubled.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.


Serving: 4Tbsp | Calories: 110kcal