Orange Cointreau Baked Cranberry Sauce


This is a delicious and easy cranberry sauce baked right in the oven with cinnamon and a hint of orange liqueur  – requires no time standing at the stove to make your holidays less stressful!

This is a delicious and easy cranberry sauce baked right in the oven with cinnamon and a hint of Orange liqueur  - requires no time standing at the stove to make your holidays less stressful!

Happy crazy Thanksgiving holiday week!  Is everyone’s minds going a mile a minute?  I have a great easy to make  cranberry sauce recipe I wanted to share with you just in case you are still planning your menu.  Confession: I have never made cranberry sauce at home before this!  Like me, if you have never made homemade cranberry sauce, you are really missing out.  I’m usually not even a huge fan of the stuff, but I had a homemade version last year that I absolutely loved and had to try to recreate it.  This deliciousness has a burst of flavor with every bite.  You can taste a hint of cinnamon and a slight orange flavor that gives it the perfect amount of sweetness, but the Orange Cointreau is what I think gives it that something special.  You can’t taste the alcohol at all, but it just gives it that unique taste without being too overpowering.

This cranberry sauce is so simple to make that I can’t imagine anyone would still want to buy the stuff in a can ever again after tasting this. This cranberry sauce is 100 times better – I promise.  The best part is that it’s BAKED so you don’t have to stand there at the stove and watch/stir the pot and likely forget about it and let it burn to the bottom of the pan and have to start all over (oh wait – am I the only one who does that regularly while cooking?)  This is a keeper.  Family tradition established.

If you’re looking for other Thanksgiving recipes, I posted a recipe roundup on Sunday of all my favorites – feel free to peruse.  Have a great Thanksgiving, my friends (and my lovely family members who read my blog – I know you’re out there)!

This is a sweet and easy cranberry sauce baked right in the oven with cinnamon and a Orange Cointreau - requires no time standing at the stove to make your Thanksgiving and Christmas less stressful!

Orange Cointreau Baked Cranberry Sauce
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Serves: 2 cups
This is a delicious and easy cranberry sauce baked right in the oven with cinnamon and a hint of Orange liqueur - requires no time standing at the stove to make your holidays less stressful!
  • 1 12-ounce package fresh cranberries
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Place cranberries in 8x8x2-inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle sugar, then orange juice concentrate over. Cover tightly with foil.
  3. Bake until juices form and cranberries are very soft, about 50 minutes to an hour.
  4. Uncover; mix in orange liqueur. Cover and refrigerate until very cold, about 4 hours.
  5. Can be prepared a few days ahead. Keep chilled.

 Recipe source:  adapted from

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29 Responses to “Orange Cointreau Baked Cranberry Sauce”

  1. November 25, 2014 at 1:14 AM #

    I’ve never seen a baked cranberry sauce before! How cool! I have to admit: I prefer the can. But you’ve added Cointreau? I’d eat that 😉

  2. November 25, 2014 at 5:33 AM #

    I’m making my cranberry sauce this morning but have never tried baking it or adding liqueur, sounds like a nice change.

  3. November 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM #

    Gorgeous, just the way I want to eat it!

  4. November 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM #

    Now that is my kind of cranberry sauce! I bet it is gorgeous with the Cointreau. A little for the cook and a little for the cranberry sauce.

  5. November 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM #

    I’ve never tried baking it! Now you’ve got me all kinds of curious ; ) Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. November 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM #

    Ashley, you are so right about our minds going a mile a minute! I feel like it’s that way from November to early January! It’s good and crazy at the same time. I’ve never had cranberry sauce like this – sounds like a great twist! Thanks for introducing it to me.

  7. November 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM #

    Cranberries and orange are just a match made in heaven. And I’m completely obsessed with the idea that you made this by baking it. No more whisking and whisking over a hot stove when there are a million others things to be made!

  8. November 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM #

    I LOVE cointreau! I can imagine how good it is here, great recipe!

  9. November 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM #

    I’m totally impressed by this recipe! I pretty much love anything that has cointreau added to it but this sounds like such a wonderful combination of flavors! I’m with my in-laws this week and I think they would love this sauce, too!!

  10. November 25, 2014 at 1:11 PM #

    Woah. We might need to add this to our thanksgiving menu. Sounds amazing!

  11. November 25, 2014 at 1:29 PM #

    I love homemade cranberry sauce! I never eat things from a can. It is so easy to make the homemade too. I need to add some Cointreau this year!!! Happy Thanksgiving, Ashley 🙂

  12. November 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM #

    Oooh! I love Cointreau! I bet it’s amazing in this sauce. 🙂

  13. November 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM #

    i’ve never seen baked cranberry sauce before. This looks so easy!

  14. November 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM #

    Love your use of the cointreau here. Delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. November 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM #

    I’ve never thought of doing a baked cranberry sauce, great idea!

  16. November 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM #

    Love that its baked, great idea!

  17. November 25, 2014 at 7:06 PM #

    Wow Ashley – I’ve never seen a baked cranberry sauce! And I love the combination of flavors in this recipe!

  18. November 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM #

    Cointreau! Why didn’t I think of that??

  19. November 25, 2014 at 8:41 PM #

    Oh yum! I’ve never baked cranberry sauce before – what a great idea! Happy Thanksgiving!

  20. November 25, 2014 at 9:19 PM #

    I am so intrigued! I’ve never heard of baking cranberry sauce before, but what a great idea! I love homemade cranberry sauce with orange. Pinning! 🙂

  21. November 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM #

    I am not usually a fan of cranberry sauce either but this homemade version with Cointreau sounds unbelievable. I bet the sweet orange flavor adds a great contrast to the tart cranberries!

  22. November 25, 2014 at 10:18 PM #

    This is the prettiest cranberry sauce I’ve ever seen!

  23. November 26, 2014 at 5:42 AM #

    Ashley I just love everything about these flavors!!! xoxo

  24. November 26, 2014 at 7:15 AM #

    Delicious idea, and I love the addition of Cointreau. I love how it broke down into a jelly, too!

  25. November 26, 2014 at 7:43 AM #

    I made a very simple sauce yesterday but I reall love the idea of adding the liqueur!

  26. November 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM #

    Cointreau and cranberries pair so well, don’t they? This is a wonderful looking sauce, and far, far better than anything in a can. Excellent recipe — thanks.

  27. November 27, 2014 at 12:23 AM #

    This is absolutely fabulous. I love citrus with cranberries. Perfection.

  28. November 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM #

    Oooh, baked cranberry sauce!! I love the cranberry citrus combo. It’s one of my favorites.


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