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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Created by Mariam E.
The perfect combination of flavors, this Homemade Cranberry Sauce is so quick and easy to make, that you’re going to want to skip the store bought version this holiday season!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings


  • 12 oz. cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup cane sugar or honey if you prefer
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 pieces orange peel


  • Combine the orange juice, orange peel, cinnamon and sugar in a sauce pan. Mix combine.
  • Bring it to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer.
  • Add in the cranberries and simmer until the cranberries pop, around 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Let the cranberry sauce cool and thicken on its own for 20-30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and orange peel before serving.


  • Store cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the fridge to preserve well.
  • When buying fresh cranberries, press and make sure they are firm. You do not want them to be soft.
  • Taste to adjust the cranberry sauce before serving.
  • Let the cranberry sauce cool for 20-30 minutes before serving.


Serving: 10servings | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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