Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Our Cranberry Sauce, with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, is a favorite holiday recipe.

Serves: Makes 2 cups or 8 (1/4-cup) servings.
5 mins Prep time 15 mins Cook time
5 mins Prep time
15 mins Cook time
  • Mix sugar and water in medium saucepan. Bring to boil on medium-high heat. Add cranberries, cinnamon and orange peel; return to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes or until cranberries burst and sauce begins to thicken, stirring occasionally.

  • Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature. Cover.

  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cooking tip

Make Ahead: Cranberry sauce can be prepared up to 1 week ahead. Store in refrigerator. Stir before serving.


Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce: Prepare as directed, using 1/2 teaspoon each McCormick® Ground Ginger and McCormick® Pure Orange Extract in place of the cinnamon, grated orange peel and vanilla.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 124Calories: 124Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 1mgProtein: 0g
  • Total Fat: 0gFiber: 2g
  • Carbohydrate: 31g

Ratings & Reviews: 6

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  • beth on 12/21/2013

    To Joanna, I used Splenda and it was wonderful. No one noticed.

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  • Scott on 11/26/2015

    Best cranberry sauce I've ever made!

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  • Rebecca M. on 10/30/2014

    Crowd pleaser! Perfect for the holidays and so easy!

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  • Jennifer on 12/03/2013

    I loved it I have to agree with Rebecca M. it was the perfect blend of tart and sweet. :)

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  • Joanna on 11/22/2013

    Can artificial sweetner be used in this recipe?

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  • Anonymous on 11/22/2015

    This tastes and looks like red turds. Don't bother making it.

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  • beth on 12/21/2013

    Thought I was making this for everyone else. I've never cared for cranberry sauce. But listening to everyone rave about it, I took a taste, and I am now a Cranberry Sauce lover! Well, this version anyway. LOL!!

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  • Rebecca M. on 11/03/2013

    This tasted awesome! Perfect blend of tart and sweet. And it was very easy to make.

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