Holiday Cranberry Sauce


I have made this family-favorite cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries for Christmas and Thanksgiving every year for more than a decade. The recipe was given to me by a friend.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 50 mins


  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 5 whole cloves

  • 5 whole allspice berries

  • 4 cups fresh cranberries

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 2 cups white sugar


  1. Wrap cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice berries in a spice bag.

  2. Combine cranberries, water, and spice bag in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until cranberries begin to burst, about 10 minutes.

  3. Stir in sugar and reduce the heat to low. Continue cooking until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

  4. Remove and discard spice bag. Cover cranberry sauce and chill in the refrigerator before serving, 8 hours to overnight.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

111 Calories
0g Fat
29g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 111
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 25mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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