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Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Apple & Orange

Updated On: Nov 07, 2023

A simple recipe for Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Apple & Orange that is complex in flavor and a Thanksgiving menu staple.

spiced cranberry sauce

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving will be here in a little over a week!  I think I’m stuck in Summer Time Zone.  Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely looking forward to having my Dad and wonderful friends over for an all day feast and to the day after Thanksgiving when the only thing that will do are my biggest and baggiest sweat pants and a turkey sandwich.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  Anyway, I am starting my feast a little early in hopes of sharing some ideas with you as to what you could put on your Thanksgiving Table.

Today we’re starting with Cranberry Sauce.  I’m not talking the kind with the permanent rings on the side of the log.  Or the fancy shmancy molded kind like the Turkey Shaped Cranberry Sauce in this months issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine!  (sorry Martha)

No, what I’m talking about is easy to make in 20 minutes, will store for a few days in the fridge so you don’t have to make it the day of.  Tastes fantastic and is not too sweet and not too sour and will make a great accompaniment to your roast Beast!  And don’t forget as a good shmear for your day after sweat pant wearing turkey sandwich eating day.

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spiced cranberry sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Apple & Orange

Simple Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Apple & Orange is a Thanksgiving staple. Make this ahead for ease on the big day.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 Servings


  • 1 cup orange juice preferably fresh squeezed
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 red apple peeled, quartered, cored and cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 10 oz package fresh cranberries rinsed and picked over
  • cup honey
  • cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of kosher salt


  • In a medium sauce pan over high heat, add all ingredients. Bring to a boil and then turn down to medium and stir occasionally for 15 minutes, or until the cranberries have burst and the mixture has began to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and let cool before serving. Can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.


Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 2gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 77IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.2mg
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  3. Denton Den says:

    Silly question… Just how much is the zest of one orange? 🙂 Yes, I’m new and this is a serious question!

    Can’t wait to make it, but don’t want to ruin it!

    1. Johnny Senise says:

      im gonna make the spiced cranberry sauce w/ apple n orange, if I want 8 cups do I simply just x4 the ingredients?

      1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

        Yes. Exactly. Enjoy.

        1. Johnny Senise says:

          Thank you so much! Wishing you, family n friends happiness, health n the best of times this holiday season n each n every day that follows! ;^ )))))

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  5. Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl says:

    MMm… there is all this cranberry going around on the web because of the holiday. I am in virtual lala land. Thank you for offering a part of that experience. 🙂

  6. Feast on the Cheap says:

    Yum! Reminds me of the cranberry chutney my mom made for years at Thanksgiving. We never appreciated it as kiddos – always clambered for the canned stuff – but now that me and my brothers are all grown up, this is the stuff that runs out. Can’t wait for Turkey Day!

  7. Divya Yadava says:

    Sounds lovely! I like the use of spices and the orange to bring out some interesting flavours – delish!

  8. Mmmm…I can already taste that turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce. And this spiced version sounds even better.

  9. diabeticFoodie says:

    I have one I make with cranberries and raspberries, but this sounds delicious too. Love the idea of adding cloves and cinnamon.

  10. PinkGranny says:

    Oh my….time to get the cranberries out of the fridge…I just can’t wait another week!!!!

  11. Eliotseats says:

    Love this easy and simple and delicious sounding sauce. I love the spices you added. (Hey, I am all about those baggy sweatpants and leftover turkey sandwiches!)

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