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Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

November 19, 2015 (Last Updated: July 31, 2019)

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

You can’t have Thanksgiving dinner without cranberry sauce…at least that’s true in my house.  Whole berry cranberry sauce is my favorite and it’s easy to make.  I always think anything you can make from scratch is so much better and healthier than what you can buy, already prepared in the store.

Whole berry cranberry sauce in a china bowl with fresh cranberries behind the bowl.

What ingredients do I need to make whole berry cranberry sauce?

You won’t believe how easy this cranberry sauce is to make.  There are only 4 simple ingredients (plus water) and all you do is boil the mixture for 5 minutes, let cool and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.  That’s it!  No really….that is it!

And the very best part, you can make this ahead of time so you aren’t doing any last minute juggling to get it all done.

There is already so much to do on Thanksgiving day and the more you can get done ahead of time, the better.  My mom makes cranberry sauce every year and she freezes it ahead of time and just pulls it out as needed. Homemade cranberry sauce year round!

Fresh cranberries and whole cinnamon sticks on a white board.

Most recipes call for equal amounts of fresh cranberries and sugar.  I’ve played around with this recipe a bit to see if I could reduce the sugar.  The first go round, I reduced the sugar by half!  Can you say perfection?  Yes, indeed!  Perfection!  

I didn’t miss the extra sugar and neither did my kids, hubby and guests we had for dinner. Everyone loved this cranberry sauce!

Whole cranberries in a pot along with orange peel and a cinnamon stick.

When planning for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner you might also want to include Green Bean Almondine and Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

Cranberry sauce on a fork.


If you end up with any leftover cranberry sauce, it is perfect in this Baked Cranberry Brie.

A few additional recipes with cranberries include this Cranberry Swirl Bread, Cranberry Pecan BarsCranberry Scones Cranberry Apple Bread, Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad and Cranberry Jalapeno Bites.

Don’t forget to PIN for later!A china bowl filled with cranberry sauce.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 3 votes
Whole berry cranberry sauce
Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Whole berry cranberry sauce

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce reduced sugar, whole berry cranberry sauce
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 150 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 strips orange peel
  1. Place everything into a pot
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Boil for 5 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool
  5. Remove cinnamon stick and orange peel
  6. Cover and refrigerate

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 37IU1%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    November 23, 2016 at 8:37 am

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! Can I make it the day before or is it better fresh? Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      November 25, 2016 at 5:25 am

      You can make this cranberry sauce ahead of time. I often make them 1-2 days ahead and they are perfect the day I serve them! Enjoy!

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    October 30, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Cranberries are my all time favorite. Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without them. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply
      October 31, 2016 at 4:34 am

      I love cranberries in so many different types of recipes.

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    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
    November 21, 2015 at 2:09 am

    I love cranberry sauce! This looks perfect, Kathy! I love that you’ve reduced the sugar content. Really like the addition of orange peel and cinnamon. Delicious!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    November 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    5 stars
    I love homemade whole berry cranberry sauce, Kathy. Yours looks delicious! Love the cinnamon stick.

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      November 22, 2015 at 6:31 am

      The cinnamon definitely adds a little extra!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    November 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I love all the effort you put in here for so many options! So glad you finally found PERFECTION! Woot!

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      November 22, 2015 at 6:32 am

      I’ll save all that extra sugar for my dessert….not my cranberries.

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    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    November 20, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    5 stars
    Yum, I love homemade cranberry sauce! And I love that you added a cinnamon stick to it, what a nice touch!

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    Danielle @ So Munch Love
    November 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Growing up, my mom made a huge Thanksgiving dinner from scratch, but when it came to cranberry sauce, it always comes from a can. Go figure. Only in my adult life have I begun eating homemade. This recipe looks absolutely perfect!

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      November 22, 2015 at 6:34 am

      That was the same in my house growing up. My sister still prefers the canned jellied cranberry sauce…I need to convert her!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
    November 19, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I love homemade cranberry sauce. Never thought of putting an orange peel in it though!!

    • Reply
      November 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      It adds just a little extra touch!

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    November 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I love homemade cranberry sauce. This looks perfect.

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    Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker
    November 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I love homemade cranberry sauce! And completely agree that less sugar is better!

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      November 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      There is so much sugar in so many foods already….time to cut back!

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    November 19, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I love that your recipe uses less sugar!! Totally agree that most recipes call for a crazy amount of sugar, great call and can’t wait to try!

    • Reply
      November 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      I hope you love it as much as I do!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    November 19, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I have no clue why, but my kids favorite food is cranberry sauce. They absolutely gobble the stuff down. It’s in their top 5 foods so I guess I should learn to make! Thanks.

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      November 19, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      You’d better get cooking! Your kids will think you are their hero, cooking one of their favorites!

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