Merry Christmas Jam

Merry Christmas Jam

There is nothing better than homemade gifts around the holidays. This Christmas Jam is perfect for family, friends, neighbors or your kids teachers. Place it in a pint jars (they have the cutest ones at Hobby Lobby) and tie a festive ribbon for the perfect holiday gift.

This DELICIOUS Christmas Jam Recipe will get everyone in the Christmas mood, even if it’s snowing outside or not. Your home is going to smell amazing while this jam is cooking.

Christmas jam is a simple homemade jam made with strawberries, cranberries a little bit of orange zest and a couple of spices. It’s sweetened with sugar and thickened with liquid fruit pectin.


  • Strawberries
  • Cranberries
  • Sugar
  • Zest from 2 oranges
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Liquid Fruit Pectin

If you have never canned or you just aren’t comfortable canning yet, you can freeze this Christmas Jam instead. Always use freezer-safe containers and leave a little bit of headspace for expansion. When ready to use thaw the jam in your refrigerator.

Home canned jam usually lasts up to one year, per the USDA, but I am a home canner and your shelf life is much longer.

This recipe is super delicious, and one of the best things is that it is super easy to make! If you love homemade gifts you need to make this Christmas Jam!

Scroll below for the recipe.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Christmas
Cuisine American


  • 1 package (40 ounces) frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed or 2-1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 5 pounds sugar
  • 2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin
  • 2 tbsp zest from 2 oranges 
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice


  • Grind strawberries and cranberries in a food processor or grinder; place in a Dutch oven. Add sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Bring to a full rolling boil; boil for 1 minute.
    Remove from the heat; stir in pectin and return to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly and remove from the heat.
  • Cool for 5 minutes; skim off foam. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
  • Remove from water canner and place on your counter overnight. In the morning check the seals….make sure the lids are sucked down, and you have heard a “popping” sound when they seal.
  • Adapted from Taste Of Home.
Keyword christmas jam, merry christmas jam