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A Classic Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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From the heart of the pilgrim country comes a recipe for a Classic Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce made with a handful of ingredients in about 10 minutes, plus chilling time.

Side view of Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce in a glass lidded jar

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Have you ever made your own cranberry sauce? It’s easier than you would think. And oh-so-delicious. So good, in fact, you’ll always want to make your own.

A while back a friend on Facebook asked if I had a favorite “tried and true” recipe I could share. At the time, I didn’t.

I’ve been on a quest for years to find a recipe I loved. And while I’ve tried so many I’ve lost count, I hadn’t found one I wanted to make again.

Pilomoth Plantation Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce

Researching another project, I came across the menu for Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving Dinner. Scrolling the menu, I found a Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce. And yes… it caught my eye. Could there be a better cranberry sauce than a regional recipe from the heart of Pilgrim country?

I had to try it.

Yes, cranberry sauce comes in a can. And it’s really easy to pop it open for the Thanksgiving or Christmas table.

But it will never taste as good as this. Making your own cranberry sauce is easier and quicker than you think.

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Classic Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce Ingredients

All of the ingredients you’ll need to make your own delicious, Plimoth style cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving. The exact ingredient measurements are in the recipe card below.

Here’s what you need:

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Brown sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Seasoning: cinnamon stick, ground cloves, and a pinch of salt
  • Fruit: raisins and fresh apple, diced

How to Make Cranberry Sauce

There are only 3 steps to this delicious 10-minute cranberry sauce, plus chilling time. Step-by-step recipe instructions are in the card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Bring cranberries, water, brown sugar, raisins, vinegar, cinnamon stick, cloves, and salt to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 6 minutes.
  2. Add apple and cook until the cranberries pop and the mixture thickens, about another 4 minutes.
  3. Discard cinnamon, spoon into a serving dish, cover, and chill for about 3 hours.
Top view of Cape Code Cranberry Sauce in a glass jar.
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Side view of Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce in a glass lidded jar

Classic Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce

From the heart of pilgrim country, a recipe for Classic Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Stephanie Wilson


  • 1 package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 5 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 apple peeled and diced into 1/2-inch dice


  • In a large saucepan, heat cranberries, brown sugar, raisins, vinegar, cinnamon stick, cloves, salt and 3/4 cup water to a boil over high heat. Reduced heat to medium-low and simmer 6 minutes.
  • Add diced apple and cook until most of the cranberries pop and mixture thickens slightly, about 4 minutes longer.
  • Discard cinnamon stick. Spoon into a serving dish and refrigerate, covered, until chilled, about 3 hours.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.004g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce


  1. 5 stars
    I LOVE this recipe! I replace 1/4 cup of the water with 1/4 cup of orange juice. I also add a bit of orange zest. I also use apple cider vinegar in place of the cider vinegar. Totally yummy!

    1. I love it too! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for trying it and letting us know how you like it and changes you made!

    1. Hi Sarah! Thank you for sharing that— you made my day ❤️❤️. I’m so happy you enjoy the recipe.

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