My Go-To Cranberry Sauce: Spiced Tea Cranberry Sauce

Don’t use canned cranberries when a homemade sauce is so easy to make. Enjoy this spiced tea cranberry sauce on your Thanksgiving turkey or any white meat.

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Tonight, I am sitting in front of the computer with a serious case of writer’s block. I come up with creative ideas and funny stories when I am ticked-off washing dishes or day dreaming while running errands. I started to write these ideas down, but sometimes the inspiration flutters away before I make it to the computer to add it to the list. Middle-Child just came into my office, with his puppy-dog eyes telling me he just wants to be with me. Total Mom-Guilt. I explain that I am trying to write about this cranberry sauce, but I didn’t know where to start. He said he would help me.

So, here is my 8-year-old talking about my favorite cranberry sauce: Spiced Tea Cranberry Sauce.

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It’s Red.

It’s Juicy.

It has two cinnamon rolls.

It’s mushy.

It’s awfully good.

There Mommy, I helped you!

Kids are so direct and obvious.
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Well, as the title explains, this is my go-to cranberry sauce. Years ago, I tore it out from a Sunset Magazine I found at the doctor’s office.

Don’t judge me. You know you do it, too.

I love the infusion of tea, cinnamon, anise and cardamom. I could just smell this sauce all day….

Luckily, it is equally delicious as it is aromatic.

Like my boy said, “It’s awfully good!”

Spiced-Tea Cranberry Sauce

A very aromatic cranberry sauce that appeals to your sense! Recipe adapted from Sunset Magazine, Nov 2006


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 whole cardamom pods
  • 2 whole star of anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 12 oz cranberries, fresh


  1. In a small saucepan, cover and bring to boil:
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 4 whole cardamom pods
    • 2 whole star of anise
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
  2. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add to the saucepan:
    • 3 Earl Grey tea bags
  4. Simmer for exactly 2 minutes. Too much steeping can turn the sauce bitter.
  5. Remove tea bags and spices from from saucepan and add:
    • 12 oz cranberries, fresh
  6. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer until cranberries soften and sauce thickens.
  7. Remove from heat and let sauce cool for 5 minutes. Can be served warm or chilled. If you prefer chilled, refrigerate for 1 hour.


Cooking Tips: Cranberries are highly acidic, which discourages bacteria growth. Cranberry sauce can be made and refrigerated at least two weeks before serving, and leftovers are likely to stay fresh for another two weeks. If using frozen cranberries, do not defrost before use. Just allow extra cooking time.

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Yield: 12 servings

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7 Responses to My Go-To Cranberry Sauce: Spiced Tea Cranberry Sauce

  1. Ann at #

    Let's here it for middle child! It looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! I wouldn't worry about writers block. The recipe looks amazing!

  2. Dzoli at #

    Hehhehe.There is a new kid on teh blog:))

  3. Hi Laura, I love this your baby helped out with the post. So cute 🙂 Writers block is my biggest problem right now, so I may have to borrow middle child, hehe. Thanks for sharing the link and recipe. It does look awfully good and pretty. Have a great weekend!

  4. Anonymous at #

    Tell your middle child that I love him. He is a helpful kid. He has helped me whenevr he has been with me and I needed help. Mimi

  5. Lizzy M. at #

    I made cranberry sauce with candied ginger and was looking for a new recipe for this year. I am bookmarking this one as a possible choice.

  6. So you had to know this post would work like a magnet for me! It's lovely.

  7. Spice Sherpa – no kidding! I seriously should have sent you the recipe first!

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