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Christmas Jam is the perfect spread to enjoy this holiday season. Simple ingredients gives this homemade jam recipes so much flavor.

Christmas jam in jars with a serving on the spoon
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There is nothing better than making homemade jam. You can easily control the ingredients and the perfect holiday gift. If you are into jam making, then this is the recipe to make. The sweet-tart flavor will impress your friends and family.

Making Christmas Recipes is my favorite time of the year. From making homemade gifts to preparing a holiday dinner, these recipes are easy to make with simple ingredients. You may also like these recipes – Bacon Jam or No Cook Raspberry Freeze Jam.

What is Christmas Jam?

Spiced Christmas Jam is packed with strawberries, cranberries, cinnamon and more. Adding liquid pectin thickens the jam while the sugar sweetens it.

Simple ingredients makes this jam a family favorite and is loaded with flavor. If you are looking for a Homemade Christmas gift, this jam is the one to make.

Ingredients: 

Strawberries, cranberries, orange zest, cinnamon, ground cloves, allspice, sugar, liquid fruit pectin
  • Strawberries  
  • Cranberries
  • Orange Zest 
  • Ground Cinnamon 
  • Ground Cloves 
  • Allspice 
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Liquid Fruit Pectin 

For the full recipe and ingredients, scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe card.

Variation Ideas:

  • Berries Variations – Feel free to use fresh fruit or frozen cranberries and strawberries. Just make sure they are thawed if using frozen.
  • Sugar – Do not try to substitute the sugar in this recipe. You will use the entire 4 pounds of sugar.
  • Seasoning – If you prefer you can easily add in ginger or nutmeg. We start with a teaspoon but you can easily add in more. If you prefer you can also add in fresh lemon juice. It is the perfect addition to this strawberry cranberry jam.

Step by Step Instructions: 

Food processor with bowls of cranberries and strawberries

Step 1 – Place the fresh strawberries and fresh cranberries in a food processor and pulse the ingredients into large pieces but do not puree.  

Adding seasoning to the crushed fruit

Step 2 – Pour the mixture into a large pot or dutch oven.  Stir in the sugar and spices – orange zest, cinnamon, cloves, all spice and granulated sugar. 

Jam mixture boiling in a large pan

Step 3 – Bring to a full rolling boil boil for 1 minute and stir. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the liquid fruit pectin.  Returns to a full and boil for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and skim off any foam.

Canned jars in a water bath

Step 4 – Pour the mixture into a storing jar leaving approximately ¼ inch of space toward the tops. Process the jar in a water bath for 10 minutes.

Recipe Tips:

  • Preparing Fruit – Use a food processor to chop the fruit. You do not want to puree the fruit for this recipe.
  • Boiling Mixture – You only want the mixture to boil for about a minute. Make sure to continue to stir as you are combining the ingredients.
  • Adding in Fruit Pectin – It is important when adding in the liquid pectin that you only boil for 1 minute. This helps to thicken the jam and boiling to long could cause the mixture to break down.
  • Thaw Fruit – If using frozen strawberries or frozen cranberries, make sure to allow them to thaw before chopping.
  • Jars – When placing the jam in the jars, make sure to wipe the lids and rims with a cloth. Make sure their is a good seal before storing. Make sure to leave room for the jam to expand when storing.
Christmas Jam spread on biscuits

How to Serve:

This jam is perfect for gift-giving to friends and family for the holidays. We love to serve on our holiday charcuterie board to serve with our favorite sides. Try this Christmas Jam on these favorite options:

  • Biscuits
  • Toast
  • Crackers and Cheese

How to Store:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  For any jars that did not seal, refrigerate for up to 1 month.  The remaining sealed jars should last in a cool dark place for up to 6 months.

Christmas Jam in jars

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Christmas Jam

5 from 4 votes
Christmas Jam is the perfect spread to enjoy this holiday season. Simple ingredients gives this homemade jam recipes so much flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Let Sit at Room Temperature 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 35 minutes
Servings 65
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 125

Ingredients

  • 40 ounces Fresh or Frozen Strawberries thaw out if using frozen
  • 16 ounces Fresh or Frozen Cranberries thaw out if using frozen
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
  • 4 pounds Granulated Sugar
  • 6 ounces Liquid Fruit Pectin

Instructions

  • Place the strawberries and cranberries in a food processor and pulse the ingredients into large pieces but do not puree.
  • Pour the mixture into a large pan or dutch oven.
  • Stir in the orange zest, cinnamon, cloves, all spice and granulated sugar.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil (stirring frequently).  Then boil the mixture for 1 minute.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the liquid fruit pectin.  Bring the mixture back to a boil and boil for 1 more minute (stirring constantly).
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.  Skim the foam off the top of the mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into a storing jar leaving approximately ¼ inch of space toward the tops.
  • Wipe the rims on the lids clean with a cloth and place the lids on top.  Process the jar in a water bath for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the water bath and clean off with a clean towel.  Let the jars sit at room temperature for 12 hours. Then check to make sure that the jars seal correctly.
  • For any jars that did not seal, refrigerate for up to 1 month.  The remaining sealed jars should last in a cool dark place for up to 6 months (refrigerate after opening).

Nutrition Facts

Calories 125kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 0.2g, Fat 0.2g, Saturated Fat 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.03g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g, Sodium 6mg, Potassium 34mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 29g, Vitamin A 7IU, Vitamin C 11mg, Calcium 4mg, Iron 0.2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This Christmas Jam is SO GOOD! I did add 1/4 cup of lemon juice and it turned out perfectly! It tastes amazing on biscuits and truly is Christmas in a jar!