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Cranberry-Orange Cordials

Quick but elegant are the qualities of ideal recipe for me. I place all the fixings for the cordials on a tray and let each person make their own. It's fun and saves me even more time. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1/3 cup orange liqueur
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 6 small mint sprigs


  • In a small saucepan, combine the cranberry sauce, cinnamon stick and star anise. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in liqueur. Set aside to cool; discard cinnamon stick and star anise.
  • In a small bowl, beat the yogurt, cream cheese and honey until blended. Divide among six shot or cordial glasses. Top with cooled cranberry mixture. Save any remaining sauce for another use. Garnish with mint sprigs.
To Make Ahead: Cranberry mixture can be made the day before serving. Cover and refrigerate.

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  • Denise0813
    Dec 27, 2014

    I made this for Christmas and this was easy and delicious!! The only thing different that I did was using orange juice concentrate for the orange liqueur by taste. I definitely will be making this again. Everyone loved this. Thank you TOH for this recipe.