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4.46 from 11 votes

The Best Cranberry Sauce

Truly the BEST Cranberry Sauce recipe and it's SO easy to make! Spiced with cinnamon and sweetened with orange juice, it is the best combination of sweet and tart! This easy recipe takes just minutes of prep work and only a handful of ingredients!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberries, cranberry, sauce
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 100kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries rinsed and picked through
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece of orange peel just use a potato peel or paring knife


  • Add cranberries to a 2 or 3 quart slow cooker.
  • Top with orange juice, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the cinnamon stick and orange peel. Stir to combine.
  • Cover with lid and cook on high for 3 hours, stirring once each hour.
  • Remove the lid and stir again and continue cooking for 30 minutes or so or until the cranberry sauce is thickened slightly.
  • Serve warm or cover and refrigerate until ready to use. If refrigerated, cranberry sauce will thicken up even more.
  • Can be made up to 3 days in advance.



Slow Cooker

You will need a 3 quart slow cooker for this recipe. I used this one here (aff link).


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg