Our easy to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce is loaded with flavor! The perfect blend of sweet, tart with a touch of lovely spice and Grand Marnier or OJ! Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Do you make your own cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving?  For years, I didn’t.  I did have a secret trick though.  I mixed a jar of whole cranberry sauce with a jar of jellied cranberries and considered it almost homemade and extremely original.  LOL!!!

The main reason I didn’t bother with making my own was that when I tasted the homemade versions I frankly didn’t think they tasted all that much better.  I didn’t think it was worth the trouble of dirtying another pan at a time when I seemed to be washing a million and one pans and dishes.

Then I tried this cranberry sauce.  I loved it.  It’s nicely spiced but not aggressively so. It’s not too sweet and it’s good and thick.  All these years of cheating!  Who knew it could be this good and this easy!


Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce
5 from 1 vote

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Our easy to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce is loaded with flavor! The perfect blend of sweet, tart with a touch of lovely spice and Grand Marnier or OJ! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Cups
Calories 337 kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 12 Ounce Bag Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 15 Whole Cloves
  • 10 Whole Allspice Berries
  • 10 Cinnamon Sticks About 3 Inches Each
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Grand Marnier


  1. Rinse cranberries and place in a saucepan with the water. Place cloves and allspice in a stainless steel tea diffuser and add to pan.  Tie the cinnamon sticks with butchers twine and add to pan. Over medium-high heat bring to a boil and cook at an aggressive simmer for 10 minutes. Stir often so mixture doesn't burn.

  2. Stir in sugar and reduce heat and simmer another 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in Grand Marnier.  Remove tea diffuser and cinnamon sticks and discard spices.  Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to marry. Serve at room temperature.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 337
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 85g 28%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 77g
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 4.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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