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Fig, Apple, & Cointreau Cranberry Sauce


I have always been a fan of cranberry sauce. It started with the sugar-laden canned version that I had growing up. Then my parents tried preparing it with fresh cranberries and I loved the texture. As I have grown up and prepared my own Thanksgiving dinners I have constantly been modifying my cranberry sauce recipe to utilize less sugar and incorporated more levels of flavor. This recipe is the result of decades of experimenting…and finally finding perfection with the incorporation of Cointreau.

Many cranberry sauce recipes incorporate orange juice and I am not a huge fan. However, the addition of Cointreau and the zest of one orange gives this recipe the perfect orange flavor. The apple and dried fig give this sauce a lovely texture and adds levels of sweetness that allow me to pull back on the quantity of sugar. I also used coconut sugar and pure maple syrup instead of the traditional processed white sugar which gives this dish the naturally sweet taste that I prefer. If you try this recipe let me know what you think!

Fig, Apple, & Cointreau Cranberry Sauce

This is the best cranberry sauce you have ever tasted!
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • saucepan
  • cutting board
  • Chef's Knife


  • 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 5 dried figs chopped
  • 1 honey crisp apple diced peel optional
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup Cointreau
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • zest of one orange


  • Put all the ingredients into a medium size, EXCEPT the orange zest, sauce pan over medium heat
    Fig, Apple, & Cointreau Cranberry Sauce
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until the berries start to pop; about 10 minutes
    Fig, Apple, & Cointreau Cranberry Sauce
  • Remove from heat, stir in the orange zest, and chill
    Fig, Apple, & Cointreau Cranberry Sauce
Course: Side Dish, Small Plates
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Recipe, fall recipe, holiday recipe, Quick & Easy, small plates, Thanksgiving, vegan, vegan recipes

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