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Cranberry Sauce with Cointreau

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Emily Clifton - Nerds with Knives


  • 1 1/2 pounds 2 bags fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup water depending on how juicy the oranges are
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 oranges zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau


  • In a medium pot, combine the cranberries, sugar, salt, and zest. Add the orange juice to a measuring cup and top with water so you have 2 cups of liquid, total. Add to pot with cranberries. Stir to blend.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and add the cinnamon stick, nutmeg and Cointreau. Stir to blend and simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Some of the cranberries will burst and some will remain whole. Allow to cool before serving. It will get quite a bit thicker when chilled.
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