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Winter Spice Cranberry Sauce has warm and cozy spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove that are perfect for “cold weather holidays.” One bite and it just might replace your traditional cranberry sauce recipe.

fresh wholeberry cranberry sauce recipe with cardamom, cinnamon, clove, orange

Why do we only eat cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving? I’m guessing it’s because there’s a limited season we can buy fresh cranberries so it traditionally became a Thanksgiving dish. 

You can generally find both canned molded jelly and wholeberry cranberry sauce in grocery stores all year, but it doesn’t have the same fresh brightness of homemade cranberry sauce.

I’d love to make (not in a can) cranberry sauce an all-year event. Check out how easy it is to stock up on cranberries so you can enjoy them in this recipe and your favorite cranberry dishes any time of year.

cranberries and sugar in pan with spatula

And if you didn’t quite manage to stock the freezer with extra berries this cranberry season, you can often find frozen cranberries in store freezers year-round. Now you can’t unknow that.

And it’s a very good thing. Because there’s nothing quite so tasty as a warm Cranberry Orange Muffin in the dead of winter – whether you live in a warm or cold weather place.

But back to cranberry sauce. It’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving Dinner sides, and the addition of my favorite-est spice, cardamom, brings it to a whole new level. In fact, I have it on good authority that it also makes a lovely Christmas Dinner addition.

cranberry sauce bubbling on stove

Shortcut: There aren’t many short cuts for this recipe besides buying it premade. However, you can use bottled orange juice instead of juicing oranges. That being said, you definitely don’t want to skip the orange zest if you do. The zest adds a depth of flavor.


Winter Spice Cranberry Sauce

Winter Spice Cranberry Sauce has warm and cozy spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove that are perfect for “cold weather holidays.”

  • Author: Heather McCurdy
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


  • 112 ounce bag cranberries, washed and sorted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (approximately 23 oranges, zest 1 orange and set aside zest)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves


  1. Put cranberries in medium-large saucepan or frying pan with a wide bottom and high sides over high heat.
  2. Stir in sugar, spices, and orange zest.
  3. Add orange juice and water.
  4. Bring to a boil, stirring often until sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes at a boil, stirring frequently.
  6. Turn heat to low and let cook another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove from heat and transfer to another dish to cool.
  8. Refrigerate until using.

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