Honey Orange Cranberry Sauce

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on November 24, 2015

Perfectly sweet and tart homemade cranberry sauce, flavored with orange and a little bit of cinnamon and sweetened with honey.  This honey orange cranberry sauce will be a hit whether it’s served with turkey or on top of yogurt.


I was thinking I should share this delicious cranberry sauce with you before this weekend, to go along with the sweet potatoes and quinoa stuffing I posted not too long ago 🙂  Now trust me, I like regular plain cranberry sauce, but I was so surprised when I made this cranberry sauce.  I love it!  I even love it with some plain yogurt for a snack.  The orange really gives this cranberry sauce something!


One thing you need to know about this sauce is that it really should be made the day before.  Of course it tastes great the day it’s made, but it’s so much better the next day after it’s chilled in the fridge overnight.  Trust me, make it the day before.  The orange flavor really comes out the next day and you don’t want to miss it whether you’re eating it with turkey or on top of a dollop of plain yogurt 🙂  Enjoy!


Honey Orange Cranberry Sauce
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Condiment, Side
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 1 - 340g/12 oz bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup orange juice no sugar added
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup honey more as needed
  • Zest of 2 large oranges
  • 1 cinnamon stick optional
  1. In a medium sized pot combine all the ingredients and place over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil while stirring to combine the ingredients, then turn down to a simmer. Simmer just until thickened.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Recipe Notes

This sauce is delicious when first made, but even better after being chilled in the fridge overnight.



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1 Charlotte Moore November 24, 2015 at 06:13

I did make it. I had to add a couple tablespoons of coconut sugar because it was so sour. MY cranberries must have been extra tart. I am sure my husband will love it. He likes to put it on turkey and cheese panini sandwiches.


2 Heidi @ Food Doodles November 24, 2015 at 09:27

Wow, already! I think how tart it is might depend on the orange juice too. I’ll add “more as needed” to the recipe 🙂 Thanks for letting me know you tried it Charlotte!


3 Charlotte Moore November 24, 2015 at 05:34

I may make this today. It looks wonderful.


4 judee@ Gluten Free A-Z Blog November 24, 2015 at 05:18

Hi Heidi,
This is truly a recipe worth keeping. The ingredients are all healthy, it’s not full of sugar, it’s easy to make and yet traditional. I love it. Thanks for sharing it and Happy Thanksgiving.


5 Heidi @ Food Doodles November 27, 2015 at 21:41

Thanks so much Judee 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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