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Spiced Cranberry Sauce

While this spicy cranberry sauce is simmering, the wonderful fragrance of the spices brings back happy memories of when my mother made it for the holidays. My husband and three sons are glad I’m carrying on her tradition! —Allison Thompson, Lansing Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 cups


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


  • In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until the berries pop and mixture is thickened, about 30 minutes. Cool. Transfer to a serving bowl; cover and refrigerate until chilled.

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  • Heather
    Nov 30, 2020

    Easy to make and very tasty. I made it 3 ways. #1 as stated in recipe and I loved the flavors. #2 I added 1tsp orange zest. Excellent but my husband doesn’t like oranges. #3 as stated in the recipe but 1/2 the amount of spices. This was his favorite.

  • lsmauney
    Jan 1, 2019

    Loved it! Lots of compliments. Followed recipe as written.

  • Sherry
    Oct 8, 2018

    This is my family's favourite cranberry sauce. I double the spices and cut the sugar to 1 1/2 c. Love it for the holidays and use the leftovers in Greek yoghurt for a dessert/snack treat. The next time I make it, I am going to try adding some lemon zest, as another comment suggested.

  • angela32
    Nov 28, 2017

    I've made this twice, once as written and once tweaked a little. The second time I made it, I used half white sugar and half brown sugar and instead of water, I used apple cider. It's great both ways, but we loved the changes!

  • Donut Queen
    Oct 19, 2017

    This is the only cranberry sauce I have ever tasted so I have nothing to compare it to, but I've made it 3 times now and think it's pretty amazing! I do find it a bit heavy on the spice but it doesn't bother me enough to make any changes.

  • cynandtom
    Sep 30, 2017

    This was my first time making homemade Cranberry Sauce. So easy and absolutely delicious!!! I will not be buying in jar or can again.

  • Sfcollins
    Nov 28, 2015

    This is deliciously fresh, and so easy. I added zest of lemon --- perfect, yummy!

  • NanZim
    Jan 22, 2015

    I prefer to serve homemade cranberry sauce instead of canned for my New Year's Day dinner. This is my favorite recipe thus far.

  • Beckythebarber
    Dec 14, 2013

    Besides the quickness of assembling this dish, the blend of flavors was spot on. Stirring occasionally and tasting along the way made me even more appreciative of this simple yet elegant side dish. This will also travel in the car well!

  • Lois38
    Nov 22, 2012

    Made this for Thanksgiving and everyone raved and wanted the recipe. It was delicious.