This dessert is easy to assemble and offers a great way touse extra cranberries. Just serve the tart compote and sweetmascarpone atop store-bought cookies.
Bring cranberries, sugar, brandy, and water to a simmerin a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are tender and liquid is syrupy,about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Cover,and keep warm.
Just before serving, spread mascarpone onto cookies. Topeach with compote (reheat compote over low heat if needed).