Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

A quick and easy sauce to serve with a scoop of ice cream, a piece of sponge cake or fruit cake, or cheesecake. Also good over pancakes, french toast, or crepes. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry if you like. Use fresh peaches in place of the oranges or use canned peaches with some of the juice. You can serve individual servings in wide-mouth wine glasses for pretty presentation. A great last minute dessert. I keep an angel food cake in the freezer and a couple cans of mandarin oranges in the pantry for this dessert for unexpected company.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 23 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained, reserve juice
  • mandarin orange liquid, from can of oranges and water up to 1-1/3 cup mark
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (10 ounce) can frozen concentrated orange juice, undiluted, divided


  1. Stir the sugar and cornstarch together in heavy-bottom saucepan.
  2. Drain the mandarin oranges over a 2-cup measuring cup. Add water up to the 1-1/3 cup mark.
  3. Add liquid mixture to sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Stir over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the butter and one half of the can of undiluted orange juice. (Make the rest into orange juice for drinking).
  5. Add the mandarin oranges and stir gently.
  6. Heat gently over low heat for a couple of minutes, if desired, stirring occasionally.
Most Helpful

I made 1/2 recipe to serve over Polish Pancakes #216557. I used Splenda in place of the sugar and the sauce came out perfect! I can't wait to try this with peaches. Made for Alphabet Soup Game. Thanks for a winner Burnice!

ElaineAnn May 29, 2007

We had this over ice cream last night ... GREAT! And over pancakes this morning ... EVEN BETTER!! The next day we took 1 cup of this sauce with 1 1/2 scoops vanilla icecream, 1 cup of milk and 7 ice cubes to make a orange cream slush that is very similar to Sonic's. We then made this sauce again and had it on cheesecake. This is a nice tangy sauce, that is super easy, with a ton of uses. Great post, thanks. Hill Family

Hill Family March 05, 2007