Cranberry Sauce

With Thanksgiving just weeks away, I wanted to share with you the best recipe ever for homemade cranberry sauce!

Cranberry Sauce in a mason jar with a bit on a white spoon and rosemary beside it.

Thanksgiving is just days away and I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes for this special holiday.  My darling granparents served it from a can which remains a sweet memory.  My dad on the other hand, refused to serve it from a can and he passed his simple cranberry sauce recipe on to me.  I love it mixed with pretty much anything piled on my Thanksgiving plate.  Mostly on the side of my holiday turkey and spread over warm rolls.

Cranberries in a glass bowl with a couple on the counter.

It takes about twenty minutes and is easy to make ahead of time.

Here is what you will need…

On the counter sugar, cranberries, oranges, rosemary and utensils.


A measuring cup with sugar and a white bowl with half an orange in it on the counter.

  • 1 small bag of cranberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 cloves
  • zest of 1/2 an orange

Here is how you will make the homemade cranberry sauce…

Cranberries in a strainer, and rosemary on the counter.

Cranberries on the stove top with orange zest in it and wooden spoon on the pot.

  • Simmer the water and sugar until it becomes simple syrup.
  • Rinse and toss in the cranberries.  Add the cloves and orange zest.
  • Simmer on medium heat until the berries start to burst and the sauce thickens.  Careful, as it bubbles it can pop up and it is hot!
  • Let cool and then remove the cloves. Refrigerate it until you are ready to serve.

A spoonful of the cranberry sauce on a plate.

This dish will impress any guest that enjoys cranberries and I hope that you try it out. You can also check out some of my latest seasonal recipes here and here.  Thanks so much for stopping by!



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  1. Yum! This sounds so delicious for the holiday!

    And for some reason, I can’t leave comments today at Craftberry Bush, so here is my response to your post there today……

    Simply stunning, Annie. And just as beautiful is your writing. It makes me feel like I am right there with you finding ways to make a home Christmas-y and special without the need to go buy things that I’ll regret later on. And your photography is always so pretty!

    1. Hi Jamie, that is truly a compliment. Thanks for taking the time to write and share that with me as it means so much! I am looking forward to yours and your beautiful photography!

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