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Simple Cranberry Sauce in a bowl

Simple Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 12 Minutes (+Rest Time)
  • Yield: 2 1/2 Cups 1x
  • Category: Sauces, Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Fast and easy, this Simple Cranberry Sauce is perfectly sweetened, lightly tart, and has all your favorite holiday spices.


  • 1 – [ 16 oz. package ] frozen cranberries (or fresh) *
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ½ cup + 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (+/-) *
  • 12 teaspoons cinnamon (+/-) *
  • 1/8¼ teaspoon allspice (+/-) *
  • Pinch – 1/8 teaspoon clove (+/-) *


  1. Place all the Cranberry Sauce ingredients into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil for 4 to 5 minutes (or longer) until all the cranberries have burst and the sauce thickens, then lower to a medium-low boil and boil for several minutes, mashing any remaining unburst cranberries with a fork or wooden spoon.
  2. Taste test for flavor, adjust as needed by adding more spices or maple syrup, then cook for several more minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate.


*Flavor: As the sauce cools, the sweetness and spices will come to the forefront.

*Spices (allspice, cinnamon, clove):  The beauty of this dish is that the spices can be easily adjusted to suit your own personal preferences.  We strongly suggest starting on the low-end of the cinnamon amount and building up.  There is a wide variation in cinnamons on the market.  Some brands are intensely flavorful while others are mild and sweet.

*Maple Syrup: This is the exact amount that we enjoyed. However, feel free to start at a lower amount like 1/3 Cup and increase accordingly. You can always add more maple syrup, but you cannot take it away.

*Orange:  Feel free to add orange juice and/or orange zest if you enjoy those flavors.

*Serving:  Makes approximately 2 ½ cups of cranberry sauce

*Storage:  Refrigerate and use within 5 days.