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The reddish orange peel of a blood orange lures me in and taunts me with a hint of that deep crimson flesh inside. This blood orange cinnamon dessert sauce is no exception. Perfect on homemade waffles, ice cream, or waffles and ice cream together. Pure decadence!

Blood Orange Cinnamon Sauce Recipe

Even weekends can be insanely busy between social calendars and kids’ sports. That’s why it’s important to grab the moments you can and enjoy cooking a gourmet meal that is still quick. Waffles are one of our favorite weekend breakfasts because they are easy for family members of all ages to help make.

All I envisioned when I woke up was a smooth lazy morning. If you told me we had 8+ inches of snow and counting I’d call April Fools except I saw it falling out there myself. Just a few days ago spring was hinting its arrival. Don’t get me started on that betrayal. I’ll dramatically say it’s like being stabbed in the back.

Blood Orange Cinnamon Sauce Ingredients

Deciding to make the most of it I had one of the kids whip up the waffle batter. Alton Brown’s waffle recipe is our go-to and it’s easy for a kid to pull together while I make the blood orange cinnamon sauce.

We need just 4 simple ingredients to make one of the most gorgeously scrumptious dessert sauces known to man, er, woman. Yes, dramatic again but just wait until you make it yourself. You’ll force yourself to share or hide in the other room somewhere clutching the container to yourself as you eat it with a spoon. With ice cream. Please. Or we’ll think you’re cuuuraaaazyyyyy! Join the club.

Melted Butter in Cast Iron Pan

While I heat the pan over medium heat I listen to a kid say they’d wash some forks. The same kid who didn’t put them in the dishwasher last night. I juice my blood oranges, setting aside half an orange to thinly slice for a garnish. After all, lazy morning breakfast needs a garnish.

Next I add the butter to the pan and plug the waffle irons in. Yes, 2 because Kohl’s Black Friday waffle iron deals. Once the butter melts and the edges are lightly brown I mix the sugar and cinnamon and add it to the pan.

Blood Orange Cinnamon Sauce Sugar Mixture

Yes, 2 kids are fighting. What’s new? Yes, he’s going to wash the forks. WHY DOESN’T HE JUST DO IT?

I add the blood orange juice before the sugar burns. If I wait too long it’s going to turn to cinnamon sugar crunch. I whisk it in and have someone start filling the waffle irons.

Once the sugar is dissolved and the mixture starts bubbling, just a minute or so, I set the timer for 4 minutes and keep stirring, scraping the edges of the pan where thickened sauce catches.

Blood Orange Cinnamon Sauce Cooking

Again, I get it. He’s going to wash the forks. Counting yet? THREE TIMES!

Blood Orange Cinnamon Sauce is ready. Waffles are ready. Plates are on the table. I can sit down and enjoy this lovely breakfast. Except I can’t. There are no clean forks. Said kid has his backside planted in a seat at the table and can’t explain why the forks are still dirty after saying he’d clean them THREE TIMES.

Goodbye lazy morning gourmet breakfast. And yes, it’s still snowing. Hey, but I have a scrumptious lazy morning breakfast for you. And some advice. Don’t flip out on the kids like me. Set yourself up for success. Give everyone a job and check in with them that they actually completed it so you all can sit down and enjoy your waffles with blood orange cinnamon sauce. For real. Now I’m going to sit in a corner and finish off the last drop of sauce with some homemade vanilla ice cream.


Blood Orange Cinnamon Sauce

  • Author: Heather L McCurdy
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment


  • 1/2 teaspoon butter, salted*
  • 3 blood oranges – juice 2 & 1/2, save remaining 1/2 for garnish
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon



  • Heat small frying pan or sauce pan over medium heat.
  • While pan is heating juice 2.5 blood oranges. Don’t strain out the pulp.
  • Melt butter in pan until edges are just browned.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar and add to pan.
  • Immediately add blood orange juice and whisk together. 
  • Heat to bubbling and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring almost constantly and scraping the sides.


  • *If using unsalted butter add the tiniest pinch of salt.
  • Refrigerate leftover sauce.


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 92

Before you leave, make sure you grab the recipe for this easy blood orange  and raspberry sorbetto cocktail.

Blood Orange Cinnamon Sauce Recipe

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