Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apples

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apples

This homemade cranberry sauce is easy to make and features the tart taste of cranberries mixed with the sweetness of Honeycrisp apples.

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This holiday side is delicious with your Thanksgiving turkey or your Christmas honey baked ham.

Put that can back on the shelf!

My husband and I love traditional cranberry sauce but the boys are partial to their Aunt Karen’s homemade Honeycrisp applesauce.  This recipe is the best of both world.

Tart yet sweet, this recipe can be made days ahead of the holiday and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

We are traditionalists in our house. This year it was just the four of us for Thanksgiving and I debated ordering in.

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“Absolutely not” is the roar from the home front. There is just something about a homemade Thanksgiving dinner.

Juicy turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing and who can forget the cranberry sauce.

My father in law was a fan of the can. But once he tasted homemade he never turned back.

Cranberry sauce made from scratch is so simple. It requires a handful of ingredients, a pot and about 30 minutes.

I usually make it several days ahead of time so it’s one less thing I have to do in the kitchen on the holiday.

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This year cranberries are plentiful. I always make sure to grab an extra bag to toss in the freezer for later.

Have you ever eaten cranberries rolled in sugar? I love these berries as a sweet snack or a garnish for cocktails.

Use the leftover cranberry sauce topped on goat cheese covered crostini or as a warm sauce over a cheesecake.

Happy holidays!

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apples

This homemade cranberry sauce is easy to make and features the tart taste of cranberries mixed with the sweetness of Honeycrisp apples.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry sauce with apples
Servings: 6
Author: Ali Randall

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 large apple, peeled and diced
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • 1 bag fresh cranberries

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, bring the water, sugar, cinnamon and salt to boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  • Add a splash of lemon juice to the apples and toss. Rinse the cranberries, tossing the bruised berries. 
  • Add the cranberries and apples to the pot and cook for about 10 minutes until the cranberries pop and the apples soften. Once the sauce has thickened, mash the diced apples and any remaining cranberries in the pot.
  • Allow the sauce to cool then transfer to a bowl and refrigerate completely.

Notes

This cranberry sauce can be made several days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Any leftovers are delicious served over cheesecake as well as topped over goat cheese crostini.

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16 thoughts on “Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apples”

  • I just love to make everything from scratch and this cranberry sauce with to die for! I will definitely make something like this in the near future. 🙂

  • Love that you’ve paired apple with a traditional cranberry sauce. Looks so delicious!! I’ll be making this on the weekend for sure, thanks for sharing!

    • I’ve paired cranberries with apples and also with oranges, My kids are partial to the apples so that’s the more popular recipe in my house.

  • I love cranberries and apples combined this is indeed a recipe to try soon. I have done a similar sauce but added merlot wine. It was good. Love your pictures!

  • What a great idea! I’ve never had apples in my cranberry sauce and this sounds so delicious!

  • I’ve tried making many cranberry sauces and none ever fit the bill until I tried this one. I have now made it twice and will be making many more times. Thanks for a very good recipe

  • 5 stars
    My whole family loves this so much that last night I canned 11 half pints of it to have in our pantry. Thank you for this recipe! Definitely a new staple for us!

    • Wow…that’s awesome. I love that you canned it for later. We love honeycrisp apples and it definitely makes the best cranberry sauce. Thanks so much Sarah 🙂

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