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

  2. I would never think to make my own, thanks for sharing.

  3. Oooooh, I’ve never done homemade cranberry sauce! I bet it’s so much better than canned. This looks delicious. Pinning! 🙂

  4. Teresa says:

    It looks so easy to make, I’ll give it a try for sure. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  5. Cathy Keller says:

    My but this looks delicious! I do love homemade cranberry sauce!!

  6. Homemade is the best, and cranberries are one of my favorites! I buy loads of them this time of year and freeze them – they last forever.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/11/morning-glory.html

  7. alice says:

    LOL, that is hilarious because I grew up with canned cranberry sauce too but somehow along the way I decided to make it from fresh cranberries one day and never went back to the can. Also, the orange cranberry recipe is pretty darn good too.

  8. Claire says:

    I’ve never made my own cranberry sauce. Looks tasty 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Link-Up, I hope you can join us today for The Wednesday Link Up.

  9. Miz Helen says:

    Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,509 this week. Hope you have a very special week and thanks so much for sharing with us!
    Miz Helen

  10. Jenna says:

    This looks amazing! My dad’s family has passed down a cranberry recipe for generations, and it is the best stuff ever – can’t wait to eat it this Thanksgiving!
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

  11. YUM, looks good!! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 18, open until November 26. Shared. I welcome you to share it at my Thanksgiving Recipes party too!

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