Cranberry Applesauce

Homemade cranberry applesauce made with apples, fresh cranberries, lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon.

Cranberry Applesauce
Elise Bauer

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.

Also, not sure which type of apple to use? Check out our Guide to Apples for more information on apple varieties.

Cranberry Applesauce

Total Time 0 mins
Yield 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 frozen cranberries

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Simmer the ingredients together:

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

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  2. Mash with potato masher:

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

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    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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1718 Calories
4g Fat
420g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 1718
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1110mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 420g 153%
Dietary Fiber 59g 212%
Total Sugars 328g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 34mg 169%
Calcium 170mg 13%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 2447mg 52%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.