This is a spicy variation on traditional cranberry sauce.


Recipe Summary

Makes 1 1/4 cups


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, Cognac, sugar, and orange juice. Place allspice, cloves, peppercorns, red-pepper flakes, and cinnamon stick in a double layer of cheesecloth; bundle it up, tie with kitchen string, and add to saucepan.

  • Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, stirring often, until syrupy, 15 to 20 minutes. Discard bundle, and transfer mixture to a bowl, let cool, and refrigerate until needed.

Reviews (7)

83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 25
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
My all time favorite cranberry sauce recipe. Used it since it was first printed in MSL. Lost the magazine when I moved and am so happy to have found it again. It has wonderful flavor and is worth making extra. Keeps well in the refrigerator and is great on sandwiches, etc. for as long as it lasts.
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent recipe. The spices, the cognac and the orange juice make a delicious sauce, out of the ordinary.
Rating: Unrated
I love this recipe. Prep time is about 5 minutes. Flavors are citrus and spicy. The cognac adds a subtle aroma. I highly recommend making this cranberry sauce.
Rating: 4 stars
I have been making this recipe every Thanksgiving since I saw it in the November 1995 (Number 34) issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. (I still have the magazine!) It's always a hit!
Rating: Unrated
Enjoyed greatly. Had to cook it longer than the directions said. Has a small kick to it too.
Rating: Unrated
I varied this a wee bit because I had half cup of dried cranberries on hand (and I love the different textures of fresh and dried fruit) so I reduced the sugar a smidge. I used brandy instead of cognac because that's all I had on hand (and my 3 TBSP addition. I also increased the spice quantity in the sachet and I added a star anise. My husband pronounced it fabulous and the slightly spiced brandy flavor reminded him of mincemeat though this is not a sweet cranberry sauce.Delicious!
Rating: Unrated
This is my favourite recipe and I also use Grand Marnier (or any orange based liqueur). I also add 1/4 cup. Three tablespoons just isn't enough. I don't put the spices in cheesecloth, I just let throw them in. It is the greatest cranberry sauce recipe. Don't forget to spread some on your bread for left-over turkey sandwiches - Yum, Yum.