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Cranberry Sauce

This homemade cranberry sauce is full of warm, fragrant spices with a hint of refreshing orange zest. One bite and you'll vow to never buy canned cranberry sauce again! The best part is it comes together in under 30 minutes.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup sugar (white or brown) **See notes
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves, most easily retrieved if put into a spice bag or cheesecloth
  • teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • Bring orange juice, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cloves to a boil, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. **It is easiest to put the cloves in a spice bag or cheesecloth so they can be easily removed.
  • Once the mixture is boiling, add the cranberries and orange zest. Simmer over medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes, or until most of the cranberries have popped and are soft. Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  • Let the cranberry sauce cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate.


**Sugar - For this recipe, you can either use granulated white sugar or brown sugar. Brown sugar will give you a slightly richer favor because of the molasses in the sugar. This recipe is delicious either way.