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Best Cranberry Sauce

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Sarah- AHHHHHHHH… Can you believe we just entered November 2020?!?! You know what that means Thanksgiving spirit has officially began. So this week I am giving away my Best Cranberry Sauce recipe. It takes 15-20 minutes to make and then resting time is 30 minutes. It’s sweet plus has a bit tart flavor to it. It’s completely delicious, Nevertheless, I first hosted thanksgiving in 2014 at my parents house, everybody loved the food. Ever since then I have been hosting thanksgivings unless we are traveling. This cranberry sauce is insanely mouthwatering, filled with favor and also everyone’s favorite that comes to my thanksgiving feast and this little side dip always there to steal the show.

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Ingredients to make the cranberry sauce

The ingredients you need to make the best cranberry sauce are:

  • Cranberries: You want cranberries that are fresh and bouncy.

Orange juice: Please don’t use store-bought, juice the oranges yourself for better taste.

Vanilla extract: Just a hint of vanilla extract will make a big difference.

Salt: Just a hint

Orange zest: It’s a game changer gives that perfect flavor to the recipe.

Cinnamon stick: OH MY GOD This is a perfect ingredient that you will love in your sauce.

Best cranberry sauce is the perfect way to escape the heaviness of a holiday meal  and it adds a gorgeous popup  color  to your holiday table as well your plate  and flavor to every bite. I hope you give this super easy recipe a try this holiday season!

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Can cranberry sauce be frozen and save it for a later use?

Best cranberry sauce freezes so well, pack it tight in a mason jar. It can be frozen for up to 3 months just take out the jar a night before to defrost out in a sink. Then in the morning place the jar in the refrigerator and I would make it on thanksgiving and freeze some for your Christmas dinner as well.

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Steps to make the cranberry sauce

Combine sugar, orange juice, cranberries, salt, cinnamon stick, vanilla extract orange zest and water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine. Continue cooking, for about 10 minutes, or until all or most of the cranberries have popped. I like to leave a handful of berries whole. Let cool for at least 30 minutes

cranberry sauce

The Best Cranberry sauce is the perfect holiday recipe. I hope you give this recipe a try. I hope you find it delicious and love it as much as I do. We have a lot of holiday recipes on out blog like: Green Bean Casserole , Pumpkin Bread, and Banana Chocolate Chip Bread  . If you have any questions about our recipes, techniques, recipe request, or you just want to say hi! Please feel free to message us and As always, if you try any of our recipes be sure to tag us on instagram @twoclovesinapot. Find us on Pinterest too, @twoclovesinapot. Please subscribe to our newsletter. We value honest feedback.

cranberry sauce

cranberry sauce
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5 from 4 votes

Best Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is easy and delicious. With cinnamon and sweetened with orange juice, it's the perfect combination of sweet and tart.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dips
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce, holiday, thanksgiving
Servings: 10
Author: Sarah Mirza


  • 12 ounce cranberry
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice no pulp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • Combine sugar, orange juice,cranberries, salt, cinnamon stick, vanilla extract, orange zest, and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • Continue cooking, for about 7-10 minutes, or until all or most of the cranberries have popped. I like to leave a handful of berries whole.
  • Let cool for 30 min.
  • Take out the cinnamon stick.
  • Store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


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

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Melva Edens
Melva Edens
11 months ago

5 stars
This is so delicious. Plan to make again for Holidays

Melva Edens
Melva Edens
11 months ago

5 stars
This is so good and easy to make.

Salmeen Pasha
Salmeen Pasha
10 months ago

5 stars
Great recipe! Easy to make and turns out yummy!

10 months ago

5 stars
This was finger-licking deliciousness. Thank you for this recipe!! I’m honestly looking for an excuse to make it again because I don’t want to wait another year to have it haha.

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