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Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Cinnamon

Fresh Cranberry Sauce is made by simmering whole fresh cranberries in water and sugar, then adding a pinch of cinnamon for a holiday taste. Ready in less than 15 minutes. Three simple ingredients and tastier than the jellied store-bought cranberry sauce. A perfect holiday side that pairs excellently with turkey, sweet potatoes, and lamb roast!
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday appetizer, thanksgiving
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Kristina


  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries (1 package)
  • 2 pinches cinnamon


  • In a large saucepan heat water and sugar on high heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add cranberries and simmer on medium for 10 minutes, until most cranberries pop. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove from heat to serving bowl and add 2 pinches cinnamon (optional).


Cinnamon is optional but highly recommended. A little goes a long way, so start with 1 pinch and add another if desired. 
You can also try other winter spices, like nutmeg and mint.
Squeeze a little fresh orange in at the end in place of or in addition to the spices. 


Serving: 1oz | Calories: 88kcal