Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Before we talk about this wonderful Homemade Cranberry Sauce, I wanted to talk “Bake Sale” with you all. 🙂

Every year, the Saturday before Thanksgiving our neighborhood hosts a Bake Sale. It’s a real team effort with many of the ladies in my area spending hours baking yummy treats. (Several of us met last week and made 43 Pumpkin Rolls!) There will also be Coconut Cream Cupcakes, Pumpkin Mousse Cupcakes, Homemade Caramels Fabulous French Bread, Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Frosting, Gingerbread Cookies, Caramel Apples and many, many other goodies. This year we are donating all of the money we earn to Holly Orton a young mother of 4, living in our community who is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer. If you are in the area and would like to come by and support this cause we would be so grateful. Here are the details!

9th Annual Neighborhood Bake Sale
Saturday November 22nd
10:00-2:00 (or until we run out of goodies)
5041 Springheather Cir. Herriman, UT 84096


Homemade Cranberry Sauce is super easy to make! Many years ago I posted MyHandsomeHusbands recipe that makes 10 pints. It’s great if you are looking to make a large batch. I wanted to post an additional recipe for you all today, in case there are some of you who want to make a smaller batch. This particular recipe has many layers of flavor but still holds a great tart-cranberry punch. Hope you enjoy it! For more Thanksgiving Recipes, click HERE.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 1/2 Cups
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

***Note: Fresh cranberries are only available in the fall. They will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months. Grab a couple extra packages this season and toss them in the freezer.***

1 (12 ounce) package cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1 C sugar
1/2 C orange juice (about 2 fresh oranges)
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla


1. Grab a 12 ounce package of cranberries.


Pour them into a deep, heavy skillet. Don’t you just love that gorgeous color. (It’s my favorite in all the world, it truly is!)


2. Pour 1 Cup of sugar over the top of the cranberries.


3. Grab 2 oranges and slice them in half.


Squeeze the juice into a measuring cup. You’ll need 1/2 cup of juice total.


4. Add the juice and 1/8 teaspoon of salt into the pot.
5. Put it onto the stove top and heat the berries over medium high heat.


6. Stir the berries while the begin to heat up.


They will start to foam up a bit after a couple of minutes.


Then the liquid will start to reduce and thicken.


The berries will start to pop a bit. Keep stirring!


Stir and cook until the mixture is nice and thick. Should only take about 10 minutes total, depending on how high your heat is.
7. Remove the pan from the heat and add 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 teaspoon butter and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir to incorporate.
8. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, then store in an air tight container in the fridge. It will keep for up to a week.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce from Jamie Cooks It Up

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  1. 1
    Lisa B
    November 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Can this be cooked in crockpot on low?

    • 2
      November 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Hi Lisa,
      I haven’t ever tried cooking this in the crock pot. However, my thoughts are that it wouldn’t work super well. The crock pot won’t get hot quickly enough for the fruit to break down and thicken. Best of luck to you!

  2. 3
    Lissa Rogers
    November 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    How far in advance can I make this and have it still be good?

    • 4
      November 24, 2014 at 6:24 am

      I would imagine you can make it up to a week in advance. Best of luck to you!

  3. 5
    December 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    You really did nail it with this! I did “per” recipe for Thanksgiving and added port wine for us this Xmas. I might have to search in the freezer for vanilla icecream tonight and declare a new dessert!

  4. 6
    November 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Do you serve this cold, room temperature, or warm? Thanks!

    • 7
      November 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      I like it served cold, but room temperature is fine as well.
      Best of luck!

  5. 8
    November 26, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Quick recipe and delicious! The beat I’ve made yet.

  6. 9
    Amy Banyai
    November 26, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for this delicious recipe. This is the 3rd time I’m making this, so easy

  7. 10
    November 27, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Can I use prepared orange juice rather than fresh and will it be the same measurement? Thanks!

  8. 11
    November 27, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Girrrl, I have never liked the canned cranberry sauce from the store. That slimmy jelly texture,. yuck.
    So I’ve made your recipe and OMG, it’s delicious!
    Thank you for your time and recipes.

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