Easy Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 and 1/4 cup sauce 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American


Take the stress out of the holidays and prepare easy make-ahead cranberry sauce days before the big holiday dinner!


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 oz. cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, pour in the orange juice and add the sugar. Cook on high until the mixture boils. Stir to dissolve the sugars.
  2. Add the cranberries and bring mixture back to a boil.
  3. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 minutes, until the most of the cranberries burst.
  4. Once the cranberries have burst, add a pinch of cinnamon (optional).
  5. Remove from heat and mash with the back of a spoon.
  6. Let mixture cool at room temperature. Transfer mixture to a tupperware container and refrigerate overnight.