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Baked Brandied Cranberries Sauce

Baked brandied cranberries sauce is a lovely and super easy recipe to make for Thanksgiving. You will never buy canned cranberries anymore!

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A few years ago, I received a jar of these baked brandied cranberries sauce from my good friend, Audrey. Audrey “adopted” me a long time ago, when I arrived in the United States.

She shared with me, over the years, many of her favorite recipes for the holidays. Some of these recipes also became part of my Thanksgiving collection which we cherish and love so much.

As I do not like to use a lot of cans and processed ingredients in my cooking, the idea of using a can of cranberries for Thanksgiving did not sit well with me.

When I tasted this wonderful recipe, I decided that the recipe would be made and re-made every year.

Since I received this recipe from my good friend,  I incorporated it into my growing recipe collection for Thanksgiving. It is a lovely and super easy recipe to make.

It is so easy to make that you have no excuse to keep buying that can of cranberry sauce from the store!

Why? Because cranberries are here for a short period of time and it makes total sense to take advantage of them and use them in any way you can.

Suggestions for recipes that use cranberries:

Easy Sausage Cranberries And Walnuts Stuffing

Cranberries Pecans Chicken Salad

Fresh Baby Spring Greens Couscous Pecans Salad With Grilled Salmon

Classic Broccoli Bacon Salad

Vegetarian Wild Rice And Mushroom Stuffing

How to make this Baked Brandied Cranberries Sauce:

The recipe is made with cranberries, sugar, brandy(yes, there is alcohol involved), and an orange.

Cranberries are mixed with sugar and orange juice, then placed in a 9x13inch baking dish, covered with aluminum foil, and baked for an hour. 

The alcohol is added at the end when the cranberries come out of the oven. The cranberry sauce is then put in pint jars.

The result is a delicious cranberry sauce that keeps in the refrigerator for a long time and goes well with all kinds of meats.

I used brandy, but you can use any alcohol you like. It could be an orange liquor, for example.

Some recipes bake the alcohol together with the rest of the ingredients in the oven. I do not recommend it, but if you do it, keep the oven door open for the first 10 minutes so the alcohol evaporates. 

I heard some horror stories about mini explosions inside the oven while making this recipe, so I prefer to add the alcohol at the end of the baking process to be safe. Better be safe than sorry, as they say, right?

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Yield: 1 jar

Baked Brandied Cranberries Sauce

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Baked brandied cranberries sauce is a lovely and super easy recipe to make for Thanksgiving. You will never buy canned cranberries anymore!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 12 oz (one) bag of fresh cranberries
  • Optional: zest from one orange
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • juice from one orange
  • 1 cup brandy


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cranberries with sugar, orange zest, and orange juice.
  3. Place the mixture on a 9x13inch pan and cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for one hour.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven, uncover and let rest 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add brandy and stir everything together.
  7. Pour into pint jars and store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g

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Summer Jo

Monday 6th of September 2021

Do you have any idea if you can this for year-round use? I LOVE homemade cranberry sauce and have now found myself canning all kinds of things for enjoyment year-round this is one of those I would love to do also. I was unsure of the acidly level or if pressure cooking would be nesessary. Thanks! Summer Jo

The Bossy Kitchen

Monday 6th of September 2021

Hi, I have never canned cranberry sauce before, but you can process the jars in a water bath canner for 15 minutes. Allow the cranberry sauce to cool for at least 12 hours before checking seals. Any unsealed jar should be stored in the refrigerator for immediate use.

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