Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a deliciously sweet and tangy addition to a Thanksgiving Meal. Here is a simple recipe that I am sure you and your family will enjoy this Holiday season.

Place 3/4 of your fresh or frozen cranberries in a medium saucepan {reserve 1/4 to the side}. Turn heat on medium heat. Then, add orange zest by simply grating the peel right over your cranberries. This gives the sauce a stronger “citrusy” flavor.

Add water sugar and cinnamon – let simmer for about 15 mins {stirring frequently} until cranberries start to open and liquify. Add your reserved cranberries and stir. You’ll have a delicious flavor and a mix of textures.


*Bonnie this was delicious last Thanksgiving!!!


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Cranberry Sauce
Serves: 10
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  • 12 oz bag fresh or frozen cranberries {3/4 of them place in sauce pan, reserve ¼ of them for the end}
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest {grated orange peel- you can use the small side of your cheese grater if you don't have a zester}
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Juice from ½ an orange {appx 2 Tbsp}
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  1. Place ¾ of your cranberries in a medium sauce pan. Set your other ¼ to the side in a bowl for later.
  2. Add 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp orange zest, 2 tablespoons water, orange juice, and cinnamon to the pan and cook over medium heat for about 15 mins. Stir frequently. Cranberries will start to turn into a sauce.
  3. Add your reserved cranberries into the sauce and stir.



  1. OH, Janelle!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe….This is one thing I have never made. You made it look so easy and sooooo good! Do you mind if I share this recipe on my blog?

    Have a wonderful day and thank you for all your great recipes and words of encouragement!


  2. Yay, I’m so glad you made these instructions on how to make cranberry sauce. I will try this one, this thanksgiving, I love cranberry sause. I am sure this tastes amazing!!!

    By His Grace,

  3. I made this for Thanksgiving and it was absolutely marvelous! I never liked cranberry sauce before this recipe!

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