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Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 ounces
Author: Anastasia Sakawsky
Easy homemade spiced cranberry sauce
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  • 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.


* If canning, pour hot cranberry sauce into hot, sterilized pint size jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace and process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes. Remove lid from canner and let stand for 5 minutes before removing jars. Let cool completely before storing.