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I think cranberry sauce has gotten a bad rap. A lot of people don’t even bother to make it anymore! Or if they do, it involves a purchased can from the store and…not much else. Cranberry sauce does not have to be hard and adds so much to the meal. When made well with quality ingredients, this sauce can bring a new depth of tart and sweet flavor to your Thanksgiving feast. If I’m going to be honest, I cannot eat my turkey without it! If you are anything like me, you look at the bags of fresh cranberries stores are stocking this time of year and want to buy some just to feel festive. Here’s a little secret: I may go overboard during the holidays – just a little. This recipe is a great way to use the fresh flavors of the season.

The smell of the berries and spices alone will be worth preparing this dish.

I don’t think a recipe can get simpler than this. The citrus and tart berries blend perfectly with the cinnamon and sweetness of the sugar. The sauce almost becomes the consistency of jam. As a bonus, this is a perfect spread on bread used to make a leftover turkey sandwich. I hope this sauce becomes a staple for you and your family during the holidays. Make it once and you will wish cranberries were sold all year long!

Cranberry sauce in a decorative dish rests on a table.

Cranberry Sauce

5 from 5 votes
Adding festivity to a holiday spread, this sauce features the great sweet and tart balance of the berry. This sauce is the perfect companion to any seasonal dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries (frozen can be used as well)
  • cup honey
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Pour the cranberries into a saucepan. Add honey, orange zest, orange juice, and cinnamon sticks.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Let simmer until thickened, 30-40 minutes. When at the desired thickness, turn off the heat. Cranberry sauce can be made up to one week ahead and stored in the fridge.


Serving: 1tbspCalories: 63kcal
Course Toppings
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Cooking

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  1. Hello!
    I’m a long time fan and I was just wondering why you switched out the brown sugar for honey

    (I’ve been making it wrong for years lol)

  2. I made this cranberry sauce and the added cinnamon was amazing. I never would have thought of adding it, but now it will be the standard! My husband also went crazy for the roasted honey brussel sprouts. Thank you Kaleb for your delicious and easy recipes. You have re-inspired me to get cooking from scratch again and after cooking for over 40 years, that is a feat indeed!