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Bowl of homemade cranberry sauce flavored with orange and cinnamon.



This classic Thanksgiving recipe is surprisingly easy to make.  Forget about the jelled stuff in the can, this homemade cranberry sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and tart.



1 cup Sugar

1 cup Orange juice

½ cup Water

4 cups (about 12-ounces) Fresh or frozen cranberries

¼ teaspoon Cinnamon

½ teaspoon Finely grated orange zest


If using fresh cranberries, rinse them well under cold, running water.  Pick out any bruised berries.

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, orange juice, and water.  Bring to a boil, stirring often to dissolve the sugar.

Add the cranberries, cinnamon, and orange zest.  Return the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst.

Remove the sauce from the heat and allow to cool completely.  Once it is room temperature, transfer the sauce to a covered bowl to chill in the refrigerator.

Serve cool or cold.


The sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American

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