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Cranberry Orange Jam Recipe

Cranberry Orange Jam is a perfect addition to your holiday table and a great gift-giving idea. So easy to make - using fresh cranberries, apple, sugar, and orange - this will become a fall tradition in your home!
4.37 from 22 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 97 kcal


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 16 ounces fresh cranberries
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange (juice should be about ½ cup – add water or orange juice if necessary to bring up to a ½ cup)
  • 1 medium apple peeled, cored, grated (any variety apple you have will do but tarter apples have more natural pectin which helps thicken the jam)
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (optional)


  • Put all ingredients, except liqueur, in a medium saucepan on medium heat – bring to a boil, then keep at a low boil for about 15 minutes.
    All cranberry jam ingredients in a pot with orange juice about to be poured in.
  • Intermittently, you’ll hear the cranberries popping. Mix often to check for thickening. If the cranberries have not all popped and it’s getting too thick, add a bit more water or orange juice.
    Jam ingredients boiling in the pot.
  • Taste for sweetness and flavor at about 10 minutes, and if desired, add in the orange liqueur. This is also a good time to use a wooden spoon or potato masher to break up some of the chunks, depending on the texture you prefer.
    Using a potato masher to smash some of the cranberries in the jam.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes, take off heat and let it cool off.
  • Makes about 3.5 cups. Once cool, put in jars and refrigerate. Should last 2 - 4 weeks or you can freeze for later use.



  • Be sure to give the cranberries a rinse and sort through them to look for stems or a random off berry.
  • If the berries were in the freezer, you can use them frozen.
  • Even though this recipe isn't for canning, your jam jars should be very clean - either right out of the dishwasher or run under boiling hot water and quickly air dried. The cleaner they are, the better.


Calories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 24gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 5.7mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword cranberry, cranberry orange jam
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