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a bowl of homemade cranberry sauce, garnished with fresh mint and cinnamon

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Kyndra Holley
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce is a classic holiday staple. It is sweet and tart, with with only 4 ingredients, it couldn't be any simpler to make. It can even be made ahead of time.


  • 12 ounces frozen or fresh cranberries 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar or low carb sweetener, more for a sweeter sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Heat the slow cooker on the high setting.
  2. Add the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and cinnamon stick. 
  3. Cook for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Allow the cranberry sauce to cool in the slow cooker for 30 minutes to allow it to thicken up.


  • Storage: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: This crockpot cranberry sauce can be made ahead of time and frozen. Simply toss the frozen cranberry sauce into the slow cooker or a sauce pan to reheat when you are ready to eat it.
  • Spice it up: Spice up this homemade cranberry sauce with some warm spices like ginger, cardamom, clove, or nutmeg.
  • Add apples: Make a cinnamon apple cranberry sauce by adding 2 cored, peeled and chopped medium apples and 2 cinnamon sticks.
  • Add liquor: To add more depth of flavor to this slow cooker cranberry sauce, add a splash of Grand mariner, frangelico, whiskey, or even brandy.
  • Category: Side Dish Recipes
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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