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Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Anastasia Sakawsky
Easy homemade spiced cranberry sauce
4.70 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 ounces


  • 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • two cinnamon sticks or 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • one vanilla bean or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan and turn heat on to medium high. Stir well to combine ingredients and simmer on medium/medium high until sugar is dissolved and cranberries begin to burst (about 10 minutes).
  • Turn down to medium low and simmer gently, stirring frequently until mixture begins to thicken up like jam (about another 20 minutes).
  • Remove cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean if using and discard in compost. Let cranberry sauce cool completely before serving.


To Can Cranberry Sauce
  • Make cranberry sauce per instructions.
  • Prepare water bath canner (or steam canner) while the sauce is simmering.
  • Pour hot prepared sauce into clean and warm half-pint or pint sized jars to a 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles.
  • Wipe rims clean, place the lid on, screw-down band to fingertip tight.
  • Place jars in 180 degrees F water bath.
  • Bring to a boil and process for 15 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and remove the lid. Wait for 5 minutes.
  • Remove jars to a folded towel and let cool for 12 to 24 hours. Check seals, if sealed, remove bands, wipe down jars, and store on the shelf.
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