Homemade Spiced Cranberry Jam Preserves with Rosemary and Cinnamon

November 29, 2016

An easy edible gift for a handmade holiday: Spiced Cranberry Jam

Without really realizing it, I’ve become a real lobbyist for the handmade. Once a shopping addict, it’s truly strange for me to not have bought a single thing on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Who have I become? Talk about betrayal. 

Just two years ago I planned out my Cyber Monday more meticulously than I planned out my wedding. My printed spreadsheets calculated how much time I could spend on each site before moving on to the next – JCrew, Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales. Like a junkie with a needle in my arm, I hit up every department store on Fifth Avenue all while in my pajamas. I checked everyone off my list, and by the end of the day I came crawling out of my bedroom with red eyes and carpal tunnel. 

So this year, to have not bought a single thing – that’s either impressive or alarming.

Rather than shopping, I spent some time in the kitchen making a batch of cranberry jelly, bath salts, and pumpkin spice bars (named: “Delicious Crumble Bars” by Greg). And while the pumpkin bars were eaten before I could stop it from happening, the cranberry jam and Epsom salts were bottled up and given as gifts. 

So maybe you don’t like the idea of giving something handmade as a gift. I won’t try to convert you, but I will suggest: food. Everyone loves food. Especially food with sugar. Especially food that goes well with cookies or donuts or turkey or a spoon… 

Today I’m sharing my cranberry jam recipe over on Your Homebased Mom as a part of her Bake Craft Sew Handmade Holiday series. There are so many ideas, if cranberries aren’t your thing, just add more sugar, no seriously, if cranberries aren’t your thing, I know you will find something delicious to make and pass on to neighbors and friends this holiday season. 

SPICED Cranberry JAM with Rosemary and Cinnamon

adapted from Ball’s “Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce”

GET THE RECIPE AT YOUR HOMEBASED MOM!

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