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Spiced Cranberry Sauce

A glass jar filled with cranberry sauce sits on a wooden surface. Orange slices are visible in the background.

This ruby-red cranberry sauce is bursting with sweet and tangy flavour…perfect for the holiday season!


  • 1 bag (600 g) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) orange juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp (1.25 mL) ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, water, orange juice, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon stick, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Stir the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. The cranberries will pop and the sauce will begin to thicken.
  5. Remove from heat. Allow the sauce thicken for about five minutes.  
  6. Discard the cinnamon stick and transfer the sauce to a serving bowl.
  7. If not serving right away, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  8. Store sauce in an air-tight container in the fridge for one to two weeks, or freeze for up to three months.

Try this: A great side dish for the holidays, this sauce is also delicious served over your favourite yogurt and granola. Alternatively, it can be made into a festive spread by combining it with cream cheese…or added into a festive cocktail!

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Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
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