Five-minute Cranberry Schmutz

December 14, 2011

Author Notes: I threw this together with what I had on hand on Thanksgiving morning this year. Alongside a Thanksgiving (or Christmas) turkey or smeared on sandwiches, this five-minute, four ingredient cranberry schmutz was a little tart, a little sweet, and exactly perfect. I’m putting a little schmutz on a pumpkin muffin for breakfast, too. If there were ever a reason to stop sliding that factory cranberry sludge out of a can, this is it.ALittleZaftig

Makes: 1 cup


  • 2 pints fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • juice of 2 tangerines
  • large cinnamon stick, broken
In This Recipe


  1. In a large pan over medium low heat, stir together the ingredients. Allow them to cook until the cranberries have burst and the sugar has caramelized, about five minutes. Fish out the cinnamon stick and serve hot, room temperature, or cold.

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