Cranberry Applesauce


Every fall we await the arrival of fresh cranberries in the grocery aisles. “Have you seen them yet?” “Are they in?” We compare notes for cranberry sightings at the local stores. When the cranberries do finally come in, we load up, so we have plenty of frozen cranberries to last us the year. Then we start cooking with them. Cranberry relish, cranberry sorbet, even cranberry salsa. We even have three different recipes for apple cranberry pie. One of my father’s favorite things to make is applesauce with cranberries added in for tartness, flavor, and color. We’ll eat it for breakfast, as a side for pork, or with ice cream for dessert.

Cranberry Applesauce Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 to 2 quarts.


  • 3 to 4 pounds of peeled, cored, roughly chopped Granny Smith apples (or other good cooking apple such as Golden Delicious, Fuji, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein)
  • 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


1 Place all of the ingredients in a large (5-quart) pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and cover. Cook 20-30 minutes, or until the apples can easily be mashed.

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2 Remove from heat. Mash the apples and cranberries with a potato masher to the consistency you want.

Serve hot as a side to pork or turkey. Or serve hot or cold as a dessert with some vanilla ice cream.

Store in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. Or freeze for up to a year.

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  • Jerry Wilson

    Made this for my gal while doing my Mr. Mom chores & its delicious ! I used Cranberry sauce / nutmeg/ honey (instead of white sugar/ raisins/ a few chunks of pineapple & a few strawberries. Freezing up a few quarts ! This will be great with our turkey sandwiches

  • Christina

    Thank you for this simple, delicious recipie! My first time making applesauce & my first time cooking with cranberries! It came out wonderful!!! The cranberry tang added an amazing touch!

  • Ursula

    Thanks, I just made this cranberry applesauce! I put more cranberries in, and used maple syrup for the sweetener. My family is going to love it, so delicious!

  • Renai

    YUM! I am making my own version as I type this… I used half apples, half pears (trying to use up my CSA bounty), white wine, and leftover cranberry sauce that I made earlier this past week. I found your recipe looking for additional ideas. Lovely!

  • Lindsay

    Made this tonight for dinner tomorrow. I added 1/8 tsp of cardamom. Since you are the cardamom queen, I thought you would appreciate that! It was delightful.

    Ooh, sounds delightful! ~Elise

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