Cranberry-Orange Compote (Festive & Delicious)

This Cranberry-Orange Compote is the perfect lil’ goodie to whip up during the holiday season! It’s fabulous on a number of things as well.

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The day we put up our Christmas tree, we have music playing in the background, and this Cranberry Holiday Simmering Pot bubbling away on the stovetop. The smells alone will transport you to a magical place!

As I let it simmer all afternoon, I asked myself if I could actually do anything with the leftovers. That evening, I started to play with the ingredients and, even though I didn’t like the end result, another idea was born…fruit compote!

I then took the compote and slathered it in between delicious layers of puff pastry dough and baked it. Can you say, wow?!? 😉 It was so delicious!!! (That recipe link is shown below).

Important Note Regarding The Sweetener For This Compote:

  • Sugar – I like to use coconut sugar for this recipe. It is unrefined, anti-inflammatory and is the healthier option over cane sugar. And in my opinion, when used, the end result is no different. I am a huge fan!
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This Cranberry-Orange Compote is Fabulous on a Number of Things:

  • Ice Cream
  • Cheesecake
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Toast/Buttery Biscuits
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • French Toast
  • Cheese/Crackers or Crostini     

And, for more cranberry recipes, please give these a try:

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Cranberry-Orange Compote (Festive & Delicious)

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  • Author: Naomi
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


This Cranberry-Orange Compote is the perfect lil’ goodie to whip up during the holiday season! It’s fabulous on a number of things like: ice cream, cheesecake, biscuits, pancakes, cheese and crackers and much more.


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  • 2 cups Fresh or Frozen Organic Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Navel Orange, freshly squeezed juice (equals about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 Navel Orange, zested
  • Himalayan Pink Salt, just a pinch


  1. Make the sugar syrup: To a large saucepan, stir in the water and sugar until fully dissolved; bring to a boil.
  2. Boil: Reduce the heat to low, and boil for 10-15 minutes, or until the sugar syrup turns a pale amber color and starts to slightly thicken.
  3. Cranberries: Gently add the cranberries. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries start to pop.
  4. Add the aromatics: Stir in the orange juice, zest, salt and cinnamon stick. Cook another 10 minutes or until the sauce has nicely thickened.
  5. Let cool: Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Discard: Discard the cinnamon stick and transfer the mixture to a food processor. 
  7. Purée the mixture: Purée on high until the compote is completely smooth. Or leave a little chunky, if you’re wanting a textured compote. 
  8. Refrigerate: Cool and set aside until ready to use, or refrigerate in an airtight container. Makes 1 cup


  • If possible, use all organic ingredients.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American
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Cranberry-Orange Compote (Festive & Delicious)


  1. I need to try this. I have cranberries left from Christmas and was going to make cranberry relish for valentine’s day, but should make this instead. The recipe is quite similar, though the relish has crushed pineapple in it! I’m glad for this recipe…thank you!

    1. You definitely need to try this considering you have leftover cranberries. You won’t regret it! This compote is great on soooo many things!

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