This Spiced Cranberry Sauce for the Holidays is sweet, tart, and warmed up with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. It’s great for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
After I eat something sweet, I crave something salty.
And my favorite is to have sweet and salty all in one bite!
This is exactly why I think adding cranberry sauce to your holiday spread is such a brilliant idea.
It’s also exactly why I love salty desserts.
Listen, I know you have dozens upon dozens of cranberry sauce recipes to choose from.
So why should you choose this cranberry sauce recipe?
- It’s simple, really. It’s the spices! Cinnamon, cardamom and cloves — these three spices are typically combined with other spices to make a chai. This blend of spices adds warmth to almost anything it’s added to, bringing it to another level.
- These Spiced Cranberries are quick and easy to make. It only takes 20 minutes!
Can you make it ahead?
Yes you can! You can make this up to 5 days ahead of time. Simply make it, cool it to room temperature, cover and refrigerate. (Bring it back to room temperature before serving.)
This leaf is from the Liquid Amber tree next door to my house. I’m so lucky they fall into my yard, reminding me of how pretty fall can be.
What to Serve with Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Not to mention how beautifully the vibrant red color will add to your table.
It will brighten up the entire spread of food.
When to Serve Spiced Cranberry Sauce?
Clearly, I think Thanksgiving and/or Christmas would be a fabulous time to serve this. However — whatever you’re celebrating — or not, this will add beautifully to almost any meal. Hard to discuss the holidays without sharing my favorite Thanksgiving Turkey recipe of all time. Yep, that’s the one, wrapped in crispy bacon! Imagine, if you will, a bite of this and the spiced cranberry sauce together. Works for me.
Are you with me? Do you crave sweet after salty? Vice versa? Both at once?
Enjoy every last bite! Or combination of bites, right?
Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- In a small saucepan, mix the cranberries with the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and sugar.
- Pour the apple juice over the cranberries and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat to low and simmer until the cranberries have broken and become soft, and the liquid has thickened. This should take about 15 minutes.
- Serve warm or cold -- it's great both ways!
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