Easy Cranberry Ham Glaze Recipe – Traditional Christmas Dinner Idea

This easy Cranberry Ham Glaze recipe will make your guests feel like you splurged on The Honey Baked Ham Company this year! With just a few ingredients you can create your own homemade glaze for ham!

Pre-prep the homemade ham glaze and bring it as a gift or use it on your own baked ham recipe for Christmas dinner!

Easy Cranberry Ham Glaze Recipe - Traditional Christmas Dinner Idea

I am ALL about making dinner recipes easier, and that includes Christmas dinner recipe ideas! Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean that you have to complicate things! And simply warming up a ham for dinner is SO EASY!

My family LOVES the brown sugar glaze recipes for ham but every once in a while we want to change things up a bit and try something different, something a little more traditional. This cranberry glaze ham recipe does the trick!

The basic recipe involves an already cooked ham (the easiest!), dumping all your ingredients in one pot, and voila!

Easy Cranberry Ham Glaze Recipe - Traditional Christmas Dinner Idea

Grocery Shopping List:

  • whole cranberry sauce

  • brown sugar

  • apple cider

  • cinnamon

  • fully cooked spiral ham

How to Make Your Cranberry Ham Glaze Recipe:

Ok seriously – dump all of your ingredients into a saucepan or pot. The cranberry sauce, brown sugar, apple cider, and cinnamon. Cook it on low and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Easy Cranberry Ham Glaze Recipe - Traditional Christmas Dinner Idea

Place your thawed ham into a glass Corningware dish so that it lays flat on the bottom. You can serve your ham dinner in the same dish!

Easy Cranberry Ham Glaze Recipe - Traditional Christmas Dinner Idea

Spread half of your cranberry ham glaze recipe onto the top of your ham and bake in the oven at 350* for 45 minutes. I like to crease a piece of foil and “tent” it over the ham to help keep the moisture in while it’s cooking.

Remove from the oven and glaze again with the remainder of your cranberry ham glaze and continue baking until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 140 degrees. This will take about 10-15 minutes per pound of fully cooked ham.

Serve any leftover cranberry glaze overtop ham slices.

Cranberry Ham Glaze Recipe

Simple cranberry ham glaze recipe for your traditional Christmas dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword ham
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings -23

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces whole cranberry sauce (1 can)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Apple cider
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 fully cooked spiral ham

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.

  2. Place the cranberry sauce, sugar, apple cider & cinnamon in a small saucepan. Cook & stir over low heat on stove until the sugar is dissolved.

  3. Place spiral sliced ham in a baking pan or casserole dish. Spoon about ½ cup cranberry glaze over the ham and place in the oven for 45 minutes.

  4. Remove from oven and glaze again and continue baking until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 140 degrees. (This will take about 10-15 minutes per pound of fully cooked ham.)

  5. Serve any leftover cranberry glaze overtop ham slices.

We’ve had many Christmas traditions over the years including creating themed Christmas decor (Minecraft, Harry Potter, etc.), going out to eat as a family for Christmas Eve dinner, and baking a ham on Christmas day!

If you like pumpkin pie you’ll love our recipe too! Print some free activities for the kids to do and then gather together at the table and enjoy this delicious ham recipe!

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