A glass bowl of Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce

Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce

Add a burst of citrus and warm spice to the classic holiday side dish recipe. Sweet, tart, and delicious!
Course Side Dish, Thanksgiving
Cuisine American
Keyword orange cranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 89kcal
Author Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips


  • Two 12 oz. packages of fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 cups orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed (see Note)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Bring to a boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer until very thick, stirring occasionally, and using a spoon or spatula to "pop" the cranberries. As it becomes thicker, you may have to lower the heat and/or stir more constantly.
  • Reduce to desired thickness. This could take 30-40 minutes. If you want to be able to mold it, it should almost hold shape when you push it to the side of the pan with a spoon or spatula.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Strain and push the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl to remove the cinnamon sticks and cranberry skins.
  • If desired, pour into a mold.
  • Chill completely.


You can squeeze a few extra oranges to use all fresh juice, or use a carton of orange juice to get the full two cups.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 107mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 20.7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.3mg