The Best and Easiest Cranberry Orange Jam Recipe 

Want to learn to make jam without canning? Start with this super simple cranberry orange jam - no canning required. Refrigerate or freeze. So easy and yummy.

Let’s get started!

"Just made a batch of this – amazed at how easy it was to put together and how lovely and festive it looks in the jars."

Ingredients for Making the Jam

-1 cup sugar -16 oz fresh cranberries -Juice and zest of 1 orange (juice should be  about ½ cup) -1 apple peeled, cored, grated -2 tablespoons orange liqueur (optional)

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan


The cranberries can come straight from the freezer but be sure to rinse them off and pick through for stems.

Boil and pop


Bring the ingredients to a boil. Maintain a low boil and you’ll hear the cranberries start to pop. So much fun!

Add the orange liqueur, if using.


I like the Spanish citrus liqueur called 43 but any orange liqueur is a great addition.

Mash to desired consistency


Use a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon or leave it super chunky!

Place in clean jars.


Cool, refrigerate or freeze leaving at least a 1/2 inch of head space in the jar if you freeze.

So many ways to use cranberry orange jam!

- a side dish for Thanksgiving  - on sandwiches - on a cheese board - on toast.  Or try my cranberry orange rugelach!