Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Pears

My stepmother, Phyllis, is a wonderful cook and when Thanksgiving rolls around, we are always thrilled when she agrees to make the pies and cranberry sauce, her specialties.

Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Pears
Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Pears

Her cranberry sauce is so tasty…it is beautifully spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. The addition of fresh pears is unique and just right. The little splash of Cognac doesn’t hurt either! In about 15 minutes, you have the perfect accompaniment to roast turkey! It is amazing with the Deconstructed Turkey with Sage Gravy that I am featuring this week. I’m so happy Phyllis was willing to share her recipe!

Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Pears

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Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Pears

Makes: 3 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (4-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 (13-ounce) package fresh cranberries, about 3 cups
  • 2 ripe, but not soft, pears, cored and cubed into 1/4″ pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp brandy or cognac, optional


In a 2 quart saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add cinnamon stick and then boil rapidly uncovered for 5 minutes.

Add cranberries, pears, nutmeg, and allspice. Return to a boil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until cranberry skins pop, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in brandy or Cognac, if using. Pour into a glass jar or heat-resistant container and chill.

Remove cinnamon stick when serving.

Recipe by Phyllis Shostack


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