Brandied Cranberries

One of the best things about Thanksgiving season is the availability of fresh or fresh frozen cranberries. We buy bags of them this time of year and freeze them so we can cook with cranberries all year long. Typically grocers stop carrying even frozen cranberries after January, so if you like all things cranberry, it pays to buy extra when they are in season. Usually for cranberry sauce, we make them the old fashioned way, boiling them in a little water with sugar. This brandied cranberry recipe is firmer than typical sauce, with jewels of spiked candied cranberries. Serve like chutney with pork, turkey or chicken.

Brandied Cranberries Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 cups.


  • 1 (12-ounce) bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 Tbsp finely shredded orange zest (use microplane zester)


1 Preheat oven to 325°F. Sort through cranberries and discard any that are soft or decayed.

2 Mix cranberries, sugar, brandy, and orange zest in a 8 or 9-inch square baking dish. Bake uncovered until most of the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 1 1/4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Chill up to one week.

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Recipe from a Sunset recipe by Julie Wente of Wente Winery.

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  • Garrett

    Loved this when I tried it. So making them this year. =)

  • Bob

    I like the sound of these! Do you recommend any particular brandy?

    No particular brandy recommendation. I use whatever we have on hand. ~Elise

  • Abby

    They’re beautiful. I’d love to try them with roast pork! Great idea. Thanks!

  • stephchows

    Do you think you would be able to can this recipe to save for use later? Maybe toss it into sterilized jars and process like normal? Or do you think it would spoil? Looks great!

    No idea. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out. ~Elise

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