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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apples in a white bowl.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apples Recipe

Update your Homemade Cranberry Sauce with apples for a simple and sweet twist on the classic Thanksgiving side. Tasty without getting too crazy!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 125kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries picked over
  • 1 cup cooking apples peeled and diced , I like to use Granny Smith


  • In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved.
  • Stir in cranberries and apples. Simmer until slightly thickened and the berries begin to pop, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.


If you're using frozen cranberries, just add about 2 minutes to simmering time (no need to thaw).
Make it ahead! Just follow the recipe as is, cool it completely, and then keep refrigerated for up to 4 days in advance. Or, freeze it a month ahead and just thaw in the refrigerator overnight before you want to serve it. Easy!


Calories: 125kcal