Apple Cranberry Sauce | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Apple Cranberry Sauce

I started making this Apple Cranberry Sauce a few years ago for Thanksgiving, and it quickly became a tradition.  The tartness of cranberries plays with off sweetness of apples with a touch of citrus in the background.  I double the recipe, because one batch is not enough for my family.  Make this sauce ahead of time, so it has time to sit in the refrigerator overnight and gel.  I've made it up to three days before I need it, making it great choice for busy holidays.

Apple Cranberry Sauce | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures in a white bowl garnished with orange zest and apples in the background

It is so easy to make! You've got to give it a try. I like to use sweet apples and cut back on some of the sugar. I have also replaced the apple juice with plain water or apple cider.  Any of them work fine!

Apple Cranberry Sauce | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a spoon in a white bowl

Apple Cranberry Sauce

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Apple Cranberry Sauce
Tart cranberries, sweet apples and citrus make this cranberry sauce a family favorite!


  • 1 - 12 oz. package of fresh cranberries, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 cup 100% juice, apple juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and small diced
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, juice and sugar. Cook over med-high heat until the cranberries begin to "pop".
  2. Add the apples, juices from the lemon and orange, and the zest from both. Cook another 15 - 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate 24 hours or overnight to allow sauce to thicken. The amount of natural pectin in the fruit will determine how much your sauce gels.
Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Total time: 40 mins.
Tags: sauce, cranberries, apples, Thanksgiving, side dish, fruit

Calories - 77.6,  Total Fat - 0.1g,  Fiber - 1.4g,  Protein - 0.2g,  Carb - 20g

*This sauce can be made up to a month ahead of time and frozen, then defrosted before freezing. 

Close up photo of Apple Cranberry Sauce by Renee's Kitchen Adventures in a white bowl with orange zest on top pin for to pin to Pinterest

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I am thankful for so many wonderful things in my I am truly blessed.  I am thankful for all of YOU that read this blog, my family, my health, my life.  Take time out to enjoy your family and the day!


  1. This looks good! :)

    Since I can't email ya back through comments: I will look for that cheese. I normally don't eat much cheese, but always like when a low fat version melts well! Thanks! :)

    Good luck at your WI! :)

  2. Wow! A sauce to cook... This recipe looks amazing. I like nuts in mine, so I'd add a little walnuts. :P What a nice find, Renee!

  3. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I'm anxious to look through your recipes!! Thanks!

  4. Sounds great!!! Melissa

  5. you didnt list an orange in the ingredients but used it in the recipe.

    1. You are correct! Thank you. It got missed in the updated recipe. I will add it back in!


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