Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry SauceHomemade Cranberry Sauce

Recently, when Shine surveyed top chefs about how to do Thanksgiving right, three fourths of them indicated that homemade cranberry sauce was an essential part of the Thanksgiving meal!

When I was growing up, cranberry sauce came out of a can. At the time, I liked it that way. I didn’t know any other options existed. It wasn’t until I was married and preparing my first Thanksgiving dinner with Prince Charming that I learned that people actually made cranberry sauce. We were reviewing our holiday shopping list and I asked him to pick up a few cans of cranberry sauce. I will never forget the look of horror on his face at the thought of serving canned cranberry sauce with our meal!

Needless to say, I have been making Cranberry Sauce ever since and – for those of you who have never tried it – it is easy to make and so much better than what you would buy in the store! You can season it to your liking – tart or sweet – and you can get creative with the ingredients. I’ve seen some wonderful variations on the recipe, but every year, my friends and family ask for this simple and classic version of the recipe, so I thought I’d share it with you!


2 Cups Water
2 Cups Sugar
1/8 Cup Cinnamon
4 Cups Cranberries (16 Ounces)


1. Combine the water and sugar in a large saucepan.

2. Heat the water until it boils, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

3. Add the cranberries and allow the water to boil again.

Add The CranberriesStep 3 – Add The Cranberries

4. Cook the cranberries, uncovered, over high heat until they burst.

5. Stir in the cinnamon until completely dissolved and remove from heat.

Burst CranberriesSteps 4 & 5 – Burst The Cranberries

Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

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Happy Thanksgiving dear friends!

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  1. Miz Helen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Come to next weeks Thanksgiving party on Tuesday at 8:00 am, CST, see you then!
    Miz Helen

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