Apple Cranberry Sauce

Apple Cranberry Sauce

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

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

Apple Cranberry Sauce


  • 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!

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Apple Cranberry Sauce



  1. Ooh, I love the cranberry apple combo. This looks great!

  2. Love this sauce, it is so perfect for any holiday :D


  3. I get what your saying about cranberry month. I posted a cranberry recipe today and I see a ton of other bloggers have as well. lol Love your apple cranberry sauce! Apples and cranberries go great together! Beautiful photography as usual.

  4. Love the cranberry apple combination! If my husband weren’t such a huge fan of plain cranberry sauce, I’d definitely want to switch it up with this!

  5. I am all about the cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving and the addition of apples is an awesome touch for the season. Yum!

  6. Ohh, this combo is so good.
    The color and the flavors are so good.

  7. Thanksgiving crowds are the worrrrrrst! This cranberry sauce looks awesome–I love apple and cranberry together too!

  8. I love cranberry sauce too. I know I’d be in heaven if I added apples though! What a brilliant addition! Thank you for sharing!

  9. I forgot the cranberry sauce one year, and I will never make that mistake again. My peeps love the stuff. The addition of the apple is awesome. I bet it balances out the tart cranberries perfectly. I’m adding this to my menu.

  10. I usually put orange in mine, but apple sounds amazingly mouthwatering!

  11. My favorite dishes at Thanksgiving are stuffing and cranberry sauce. This would make me a happy camper. :) Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

  12. I have been more about cranberries this year than any other year. Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Gorgeous recipe Stephanie – love the combination of apples and cranberries…you just can’t go wrong!

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