Homemade cranberry sauce in a white bowl with a spoon on the side

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry
Author Wendie


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • zest from one orange
  • Juice from 3 oranges about 3/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/8 cup Grand Marnier
  • cinnamon stick or 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Heat a medium saucepan on medium high heat. Add sugar, orange zest, orange juice and water. Whisk until dissolved about 1-2 minutes.

  2. Add in the cranberries and cinnamon stick and stir, cook until cranberries start to pop about 10 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat and stir in Grand Marnier, Simmer another 3-4 minutes.

  4. Remove cinnamon sticks and use an immersion blender to blend the chunks out if desired.

  5. Remove from heat and place in a serving bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.