Cinnamon- Kissed Cranberry Sauce

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Cinnamon- Kissed Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is so delicious and easy to make that I can't imagine anyone would still want to buy the stuff in a can. This cranberry sauce is 100 times better.

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 15 min


12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until many of the cranberries have burst, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

2. Let cranberry sauce cool in the pan, then transfer to another container, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. The sauce may appear soupy at first but should thicken upon refrigeration.


*You can sub orange juice from a carton in a pinch.
*Make this sauce up to one week ahead.


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  • Mandy A. wrote:

    As I’ve been making this recipe for the last 5 years, I figured I should at least stop in and tell everyone how yummy it is! So simple and so good. I double the recipe, putting half out with our meal, and using the other half to top a homemade cheesecake.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Excellent- thank you!

  • MichelleK. wrote:

    Heavenly!! I used a cinnamon stick and substituted some of the white sugar with honey. One of my favorite parts of the holiday meal. This sauce is AWESOME on vanilla bean ice cream (if you have any leftovers that is). I pinned this so I won’t lose it ever!

  • Carla Bauer wrote:

    Can apple juice be substituted for the orange juice? Do you think this would work well as a pie filling? Would it make enough for a pie? I made this cranberry sauce a few years ago that was truly amazing and can not find the recipe 🙁 I think yours is close. Wanted to try making a pie with the sauce.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not sure about apple juice- probably, but would give it a different flavor. I would not use it for pie filling myself!

  • Ruth wrote:

    Can this be made in the microwave?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I guess you could try!

  • Elanah wrote:

    I made this today for Thanksgiving 2013 and my family loved it. I think they were skeptical of me making it (instead of serving the jarred cranberry sauce) but they all said they really liked this version much better! I will definitely make this again and again. Thank you for the simple & delicious recipe! 🙂

  • Brittany wrote:

    This was the most delicious sauce EVER! I make it every year. I have thought about canning it, also. Would you happen to know how this would hold up? I have never canned before, so I’m still not sure how to can what, and what is canable. Thanks in advance!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m afraid I don’t know a thing about canning, so I can’t help you there!

  • Mark wrote:

    I made this – and your entire Classic Thanksgiving Dinner for that matter – and my guests have commented on how delicious the Cranberry Sauce was along with the Shiitake Mushroom Stuffing that I am making the Cranberry Sauce again for Christmas. See – guys can cook too! 🙂

  • Heather wrote:

    My husband INSISTS that he never likes homemade cranberry sauce and the stuff out the can is tradition. I made this last night and let him taste test it….he loves it! No more slimy perserved cranberry sauce! Yay! This is my forever recipe….thanks so much!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      so easy, isn’t it??

  • Crystal Pierce wrote:

    This was super amazing for Thanksgiving this year! I loved it so much, I’m making it for Christmas too!