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Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce with orange, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla is so easy to make and is the perfect complement to your holiday table!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18


  • 24 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water plus more if needed
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a sauce pot over high heat, add the cranberries, sugar, water, orange juice, and orange liqueur and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, add the cinnamon stick and cloves and allow to cook, stirring occassionally until the cranberries have burst, about 10 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the vanilla extract and orange zest stirring to combine, and cook for an additional 5 min, then remove from the heat and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Once cooled to room temperature, chill in the refrigerator until you're ready to use.


  • If the sauce is too thick for your liking, add a touch more water after the sauce is removed from the heat.
  • To make this alcohol-free, omit the orange liqueur.
  • Cranberry sauce can be stored in a container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.5g | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 18.3g | Calcium: 6mg