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Easy Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe

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Easy Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe

Some things will just never go out of style, like the taste of sweet cranberry sauce during the holidays! 

Take a look at this quick and easy homemade recipe!

Want to know how to make the holiday festivities feel even more magical? Skip the canned convenience of pre-packaged ingredients and appreciate the comforting touch of something homemade! Homemade doesn’t have to mean difficult, or even time-consuming either. With only a few ingredients, you can have a batch of delectable cranberry orange sauce, made from scratch and ready in only 20 minutes!


How to Make Cranberry Orange Sauce

To make this recipe, you will need an orange, some whole cranberries, sugar, butter, and a cinnamon stick. If you have extra oranges, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks, DIY stovetop potpourri and citrus garlands add a wonderfully cozy touch to the home during the winter months! 

Once you have gathered all the necessary ingredients, simply toss them into a large pot and turn up the heat! If you want to impress holiday guests, dave some orange zest to garnish just before serving! 

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pot with cranberries and cinnamon stick on stove

pot with cranberries, cubed orange, and butter on stove

Bring everything to a boil over medium-high heat. Be sure to stir the ingredients frequently to avoid any burning and to ensure even heat distribution. 


cranberries, cubed orange, and butter coated in sugar in pot on stove


Once your sauce begins to boil, continue stirring and simmering for around 15 minutes. At this point, you may need to reduce heat occasionally to prevent bubbling over. After a minute or two at reduced heat, bring the temperature back up to maintain a low and steady boil. 

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After your sauce has had time to cook, turn off the heat and allow it to settle, thicken and cool completely. 


bowl with cranberry orange sauce

Serve alongside roasted turkey, fresh-baked dinner rolls, or any of your favorite foods this holiday season! 


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Table & Thyme’s Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe

A homemade and heartfelt addition to the table for the holidays, this recipe adds a citrusy sweet touch to a seasonal classic.  


  • 1 navel orange, chopped
  • 1 pound of cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. In a large pot, combine all ingredients over medium heat, stirring consistently.  
  2. Bring to a boil and continue stirring. Allow sauce to thicken by boiling steadily for 12-15 minutes, reducing heat as necessary. 
  3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely. 
  4. Enjoy! 

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