Apple Cranberry Sauce in a glass bowl

I think November should be nicknamed “Cranberry Month” since I am giving you yet another cranberry recipe. Sorry, but I wanted you guys to have this one before Thanksgiving. Wednesday’s post will not contain any cranberries, I promise!

We did most of our Thanksgiving shopping this past weekend. We went earlier in the morning and by the time we were done, the store was getting packed. I can’t stand crowds in general, but I really can’t stand crowds in a grocery store. You can’t move down the aisles and there is always somebody in the way of what you want to grab.

Apple Cranberry Sauce in a glass bowl

I’m a huge fan of cranberry sauce. It’s a must on my Thanksgiving table. I put it on pretty much everything on my plate and I can never get enough! I typically find that I am in the minority being a cranberry sauce fan which is fine with me because that just means I get more of it!! I typically just do plain cranberry sauce with some orange, but there’s a lot of possibilities. Apples and cranberries pair so wonderfully together in most recipes I have found and pairing them in this sauce is no different. The apples balance out the tanginess of the cranberries and also add some texture to the sauce.

Apple Cranberry Sauce in a glass bowl

Apple Cranberry Sauce
Yield: 2 cups

Apple Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Apple Cranberry Sauce - Homemade cranberry sauce made with fresh apples and cinnamon! Perfect for Thanksgiving!


  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 large apple (I used Fuji), peeled, cored, and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (optional)


  1. Combine the cranberries, apples, sugar, water, orange juice, cinnamon and orange zest (if using) in a sauce pan. Heat on medium and bring the mixture to a light boil, lower the heat and continue to simmer until the cranberries are soft and burst, about 10-12 minutes, stirring every so often.
  2. Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving bowl. Let cool completely (sauce will thicken as it cools).


If you don’t want to use so much sugar, you can sub maple syrup. I have done half sugar, half maple syrup and it works just fine!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 0g

Apple Cranberry Sauce in a glass bowl