Add your cranberries, orange juice + zest, vanilla extract, cinnamon stick, maple syrup to a medium pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 6-8 minutes. Keep stirring the mixture to ensure it does not burn or stick to the pot. The mixture is done once it has thickened and most of the cranberries have popped.
Optionally, use a fork to pop the remainder of the cranberries. Let the sauce cool completely before serving.
can use fresh or store-bought orange juice. Alternatively, you can skip the orange juice altogether.
*use fresh or frozen cranberries. If you using frozen, let it simmer 1-2 minutes longer as they release more liquid and may take longer to thicken up.
maple syrup can be replaced with equal parts with any sweetener of choice.