This recipe was given to me by a friend of mine. It has been a family favorite for over ten years. I make it for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas dinner.

MARJK
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place fresh cranberries and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

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  • Wrap cloves, allspice berries and cinnamon sticks in a spice bag. Place in the water with cranberries.

  • Cook until cranberries begin to burst, about 10 minutes.

  • Stir in sugar and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking 5 minutes, or until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Discard spice bag. Chill in the refrigerator 8 hours, or overnight, before serving.

Nutrition Facts

110.5 calories; 0.1 g protein; 28.7 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 2.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2006
I never made cranberry sauce before and decided that I would make it for the family Thanksgiving dinner this year. It was a HIT. The only thing that I had to change is that when you first start cooking this bring to a boil then reduce to medium heat and wait for the berries to burst. Otherwise it doesn't get as thick as you would expect. I figured this out based on reviewing other similar cranberry sauce recipes before making this one. I decided upon this one because of all the spices that were in this. They really made a delicious cranberry sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2005
This recipe was a little sweet for me. Next time I will not add so much sugar. Read More
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352 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 302
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2006
I never made cranberry sauce before and decided that I would make it for the family Thanksgiving dinner this year. It was a HIT. The only thing that I had to change is that when you first start cooking this bring to a boil then reduce to medium heat and wait for the berries to burst. Otherwise it doesn't get as thick as you would expect. I figured this out based on reviewing other similar cranberry sauce recipes before making this one. I decided upon this one because of all the spices that were in this. They really made a delicious cranberry sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2006
I never made cranberry sauce before and decided that I would make it for the family Thanksgiving dinner this year. It was a HIT. The only thing that I had to change is that when you first start cooking this bring to a boil then reduce to medium heat and wait for the berries to burst. Otherwise it doesn't get as thick as you would expect. I figured this out based on reviewing other similar cranberry sauce recipes before making this one. I decided upon this one because of all the spices that were in this. They really made a delicious cranberry sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2006
WOW! This stuff is so good I couldn't stop eating it out of the saucepan and I've never been a fan of cranberry sauce! If you can boil water you can make this. After reading other reviews I decreased sugar to about 1 1/2 cups and I grated the zest of one small orange right over the pot as it cooked which I think gave it just the right layering of flavors without overpowering it. Thanks for the recipe - it's a keeper and has now joined my holiday recipe collection. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2006
I love this recipe the changes I made were to decrease the sugar to 1.5 cups and instead of adding the sugar at the end i cooked it all together to make more of a gelled chutney type. We have tried it with pork chops and found it to be a wonderful addition. Will use this recipe for years to come. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2006
Never really liked cran sauce but wanted to be adventurous this holiday season. We give this 5 stars with our modifications: substituted the water for orange juice halved the sugar eliminated the spice bag itself and just tossed in the cinn sticks and cloves (easy to remove before refrigeration). We also sprinkled in a bit of pumpkin pie spice. FYI - it took much longer than 15 minutes cooking time for all the berries to burst. Overall smelled fantastic while cooking & was a huge success at the table. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2008
This MADE our Thanksgiving dinner and I will never go back to canned cranberries again. It was so easy. I wrapped up the spices in a coffee filter and tied with thread since I didn't have a spice bag. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2002
My family and I LOVED this. I served it along with the turkey at Christmas dinner and everyone said that they would no longer use the canned variety. It was easy to make; the only change I made was that I substituted orange juice for the water. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2008
My husband cringed when I told him I wanted to make cranberry sauce for this upcoming Thanksgiving because he has HORRIBLE memories of cranberry sauce past & present! OMG!!! This cranberry sauce is so tasty delicious tangy and easy to make! I rarely follow any cooking recipe to a "tee " so I did improvise a bit. I decreased the sugar to 1 cup and instead of bundling spices I used a few pinches of nutmeg a few pinches of cinnammon and an exotic mixture of dried allspice (with ginger anise clove cinammon & nutmeg). I went VERY EASY (a spinkle or two) with this exotic allspice 'cause I didn't want the sauce to become too bitter. Also the cranberries sugar & water DO need to cook for approxiamtely 20 minutes to get a true sauce consistency. But ohhhhh so good! I cannot believe how tasty this recipe turned out with a deep red color...so pretty too! Cannot wait to serve this cranberry sauce to my family for Thanksgiving! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2005
This recipe was a little sweet for me. Next time I will not add so much sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2005
Great and easy recipe! I added a little bit of orange and almond extract probably didn't need it but the flavor of this dish is wonderful Read More
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