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Perfect Cranberry Sauce: A Break 4 Mommy’s Kitchen

Cranberry sauce is always a Thanksgiving tradition in our home. Nothing compares to homemade cranberry sauce. The kind in the can just doesn’t make it to our table anymore. I hope after you try this simple recipe you’ll feel the same.

Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins
This basic cranberry sauce is the perfect addition to any holiday feast. It is simple and quick to make. It can be served chilled or room temperature and can be kept refrigerated after the holidays to enjoy with leftovers!
Course: Sauce
Servings: 12 Jar
  • 12 oz bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  1. In a sauce pan combine water and sugar, bring to a boil. Stir sugar until it dissolves in water.
  2. Add cranberries. The berries will begin to pop and burst open. After bursting slows, reduce heat to medium and stir gently.
    cranberry sauce
  3. Add lemon juice and cinnamon; Cover and let boil for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and let completely cool to room temperature.
  5. Jar or place in a container with a lid and refrigerate.
    cranberry sauce
Recipe Notes

This can be made 3 days in advance. For a smoother jelly, mash the berries while stirring.

Janelle Robinson is from Chicago a proud wife and mother of 2 (teen and preschooler). She is health educator and writer with a focus on providing families with resources and tips throughout all stages of parenthood.


  1. Jen


    I just made my own cranberry sauce from berries and was wondering why it didn’t turn out so great….I never added lemon juice or cinnamon! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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