Cranberry Jam

This easy homemade cranberry jam comes together in just minutes and requires only 4 simple ingredients!

Easy homemade cranberry jam recipe from @bakedbyrachel Ready in under 30 minutes and requires only 4 simple ingredients!

We spent the last two days making snowflakes. That sounds crazy and it kind of is, but the end result was really cool. I shared a picture over the weekend when we were only beginning our long craft session. We ended up hanging them from the kid’s bedroom ceilings. It looks magical, with giant twisted snowflakes falling from the ceiling. We used this tutorial from Elli blog, on how to make 3d snowflakes…complete with free printables! A perfect craft for kids and adults!

Also, what is going on with this weather?! I know… I’m still a broken record but seriously. I keep checking the weather, just curious about what is coming our way for the holiday weekend. Christmas Eve is supposed to be in the mid 60s… in New England! That’s easily 30 degrees above normal. Just crazy! I’m trying not to complain, but a white Christmas makes things way more magical. Maybe this will mean we’ll be able to get outside and play for a change. Hopefully the rain will hold off!

I feel like I’m the last person on the planet to watch Love Actually. Everyone I know seems to have watched it. I have it in my queues and watch lists but I’ve yet to actually sit down and watch it. I’m not a big fan of his, so that’s probably part of it. Is it really a must see movie or what?

Easy homemade cranberry jam recipe from @bakedbyrachel Ready in under 30 minutes and requires only 4 simple ingredients!

I’ve loved cranberries for as long as I can remember. They offer the perfect balance of sweet and tart. And, are by far the best late Fall fruit. I may be biased since my love for them is so strong, but that’s okay.

If you only make one more cranberry dish this year, it should be this cranberry jam. It is the easiest jam I’ve ever made. Just a few simple ingredients and 30 minutes later you have an incredibly flavorful jam, perfect for slathering on your favorite breakfast pastries, bread and desserts! It’s so simple, it’s an absolute must make!

Add this easy homemade cranberry jam to your baking plans! You’ll be glad you did!

Easy homemade cranberry jam recipe from @bakedbyrachel Ready in under 30 minutes and requires only 4 simple ingredients!

Cranberry Jam

This easy homemade cranberry jam comes together in just minutes and requires only 4 simple ingredients!
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberries
Servings: 2 cups


  • 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C orange juice


  • Add ingredients to a medium saucepan, stir to combine and dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for roughly 20 minutes or thickened, stirring occasionally. Allow all berries to burst and then process with an immersion hand blender. Press through a mesh strainer into a medium bowl, discarding solids.
  • Transfer jam to desired storage container. Cool to room temperature before covering and chilling. Use within 2 weeks.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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30 Responses to “Cranberry Jam”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — December 21, 2015 at 7:01 am

    This is my jam, no pun intended ;) but for real, this looks dreamy! I could so go for some of this on some toast right now instead of drooling over it on the computer.

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      Rachel — December 22, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Taylor!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 21, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I love that instead of cranberry sauce you made a jam! As for Love Actually I have to admit, I saw it once a long time ago and don’t remember being all that blown away by it. When it comes to lovey holiday movies I tend to lean towards The Holiday. But of course the best in general is Elf ;-)

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      Rachel — December 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

      I love The Holiday. Maybe I’ll just stick with that and avoid being disappointed with Love Actually ;)

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    sassygirl711 — December 21, 2015 at 8:16 am

    love the color of cranberry jam.
    so festive…so cheerful…so RED and Christmas-y!!
    and I really loved the movie…the songs, the plot,
    and the actors were great and funny! perfect time to
    see it NOW!

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      Rachel — December 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

      Thanks so much! :)

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    Megan Keno — December 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I love that this is a jam… It’s a fun twist on the classic cranberry sauce! And it sounds amazing!

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      Rachel — December 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

      An excuse to eat cranberries all day long ;)

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld — December 21, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I’ve been loving using leftover cranberry sauce as jelly, but this would be so much better.

    PS- My sister hasn’t seen Love Actually either ;) (But she despises Keira Knightley so that may be why ha!)

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      Rachel — December 22, 2015 at 7:31 am

      You should definitely give this a try! And yeah I’m kind of in the boat of not being huge fans of the actors so I’m leaning towards maybe it’s best to avoid…

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    Hofterzielbeek — December 22, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Oh! That’s something different that i can make for my kids, This time they will be having cranberry jam instead of cranberry sauce!! Thanks a lot for this delicious and attractive looking recipe, Rachel :)

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      Rachel — December 22, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Thanks so much! I hope they enjoy it! :)

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    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — December 27, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    This jam looks perfect for the holidays! I still have some leftover cranberries in my fridge. Will have to try this jam when I get back to the states!

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      Rachel — December 28, 2015 at 7:34 am

      I hope you enjoy it! :)

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    Brielle @ Breezy Bakes — January 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I almost cried Christmas morning when I realized I forgot to make the cranberry sauce. Wahhh! I’ll have to make a batch of this to make up for it. Looks delish!

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      Rachel — January 6, 2016 at 7:22 am

      You definitely need to make this then! :)

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    Kit Lavigne — November 16, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    can this be processed to last longer

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      Rachel — November 17, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Because it’s such a small batch, I doubt you would need to. It should last plenty long as is.

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    Diana — December 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I just made this jam and it’s absolutely amazing! I added some cinnamon and star anise and my family loves it. Thank you for the recipe!

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      Rachel — January 1, 2018 at 8:53 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Diana!

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    Alice Loweecey — December 18, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    This recipe is perfect! I had lots of cranberries in the house but no pectin, and I needed gifts for work. I added about 3/4 tsp. powdered ginger and it came out like a dream! This is on my permanent gift list. Thank you!

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      Rachel — December 19, 2018 at 6:05 am

      So glad to hear this, Alice! I’m glad it worked out well for you. :)

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    Silke — November 16, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Would you be able to can this if you made a bigger batch? Would you have to pressure can this or be able to water bath it?

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      Rachel — November 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Yes to all of your questions. I haven’t personally canned it, but it absolutely could be. Follow the same guidelines as you would with any other jam recipe.

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    Alison D — November 19, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I made a batch of this last night and had some on toast with whipped cheese cheese this morning – fantastic! I went cranberry picking this fall and came home with 30+ lbs of berries. I’ve been making EVERYTHING cranberry. I actually made this jam because I’ll be adding it to a Cranberry Tart with Brie and topped with fresh berries. Thank you! Will be making this every berry season!

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      Rachel — November 20, 2019 at 9:04 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Alison! The tart idea sounds delicious! :)

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    Glenda stone — November 24, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I would like to be able to water bath and seal so I can enjoy throughout the year. No need for pectin? How long to boil in the canner?

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      Rachel — November 25, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Prepare and cook as the recipe states and follow the same guidelines for any other jam recipe to can it. I did not personally can this recipe, as it’s a smaller batch.

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    RUTH — November 23, 2022 at 7:39 am

    I doubled the batch and processed 1/4 and 1/2 pints for 12 minutes. Turned out beatifully.

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      Rachel — November 26, 2022 at 8:35 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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