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Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce Related:   condiments & sauces, gluten-free, kid-friendly, North America, pareve, Thanksgiving, vegan

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2¼ cups

This cranberry sauce is my mom’s signature recipe. People often think making your own sauce is hard, which is unfortunate because it’s the easiest part of the Thanksgiving meal to make yourself. Not to mention that the homemade stuff tastes infinitely better than the stuff that comes out of a can or jar. Cranberry sauce is really just a blank slate for whatever spices or mood you’re in; my mom likes to infuse hers with orange zest, cinnamon and ginger.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled


  • Put the water and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the cranberries, orange zest, cinnamon sticks and ginger. Cook over low heat until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens. Spoon over latkes, turkey, yogurt or eat it straight with a spoon.

5 Responses

  1. Sofiya says:

    Not to be dense, but after the sauce is made, do I strain out the cinnamon sticks and ginger?

  2. Paula says:

    Do you grate the zest or leave it in strips to remove when serving? Thank you!

  3. Celia says:

    I’ve made similar recipes with the rest of the orange chopped very fine and tossed in. You can chop about 1/3 of the cranberries before cooking; and it can be cooked in the slow cooker about 2-21/2 hours on slow or until the whole cranberries burst.
    This freezes well too.

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