Meyer Lemon Apple Cranberry Sauce



This Meyer Lemon Apple Cranberry Sauce is loaded with apples and cinnamon with a nice citrus kick from the Meyer lemon that is quick and easy to prepare! 



Even though our family already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving last month , seeing all these mouthwatering Thanksgiving recipes show up everywhere was really making me wish we could celebrate with a big feast again.




My favorite part of the big meal is usually all the side dishes – especially the homemade cranberry sauce.

I have to admit that I grew up on the jellied version that came from a can and it wasn’t until Ty and I hosted our first Thanksgiving dinner nearly 10 years ago that I tried making homemade cranberry sauce which I have loved ever since.

I couldn’t believe what I had missed out on all those years and best of all, homemade cranberry sauce is super easy to make!




When we have Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner at my mom’s, she will still usually have the canned version out on the table for the ones that prefer the jiggly stuff – while I am in charge of bringing the homemade version.

Every year, I like to jazz it up with different add-ins and spices.  Sometimes I’ll just make it with only cranberries and sugar while other times I’ll add some orange or lemon juice to balance out the tart flavor.

The options are endless so feel free to jazz up your cranberry sauce as you please :)




After seeing Ashley’s delicious Apple Cranberry sauce, I knew this pregnant lady couldn’t possibly wait until Christmas to try it out so I decided to whip up a batch as a topping to spread over some shortbread bars I made that day as well.




I used brown sugar and maple syrup to sweeten the sauce up and a Meyer lemon instead of the honey and orange but you can totally just use half an orange and half a lemon if you don’t have any Meyer lemons hanging around.

This sauce is thick and tasted incredible with the cinnamon apple chunks and with the fragrant kick of citrus from the Meyer lemon.  It was wonderfully sweet and only a wee bit puckery – just perfect for pairing with your turkey and other side dishes.




This can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge which is great since that’s one less thing you have to worry about on the day of your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.

You can even use the leftovers for some Meyer Lemon Apple Cranberry Shortbread Bars (stay tuned tomorrow) or top some over your pancakes or waffles as well as your oatmeal and yogurt in the morning!

Hope all your holiday planning is going well and enjoy :)


Meyer Lemon Cranberry Apple Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 23 minutes

Yield: 3-4 cups sauce

Meyer Lemon Cranberry Apple Sauce

This Meyer Lemon Apple Cranberry Sauce is loaded with apples and cinnamon with a nice citrus kick from the Meyer lemon that is quick and easy to prepare.


  • 1 (12 ounce) bag cranberries, fresh or frozen rinsed and picked through
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • zest and juice from one Meyer lemon (can substitute half an orange and half a lemon if you don't have Meyer lemons)


  1. Add brown sugar, water and maple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium high heat, boil until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients into the saucepan and reduce the heat to medium. IMG_9718.jpg
  3. Simmer for about 20 to 23 minutes, until most of the cranberries have popped open and the apples are tender. Simmer longer if you want the sauce even thicker. IMG_9722.jpg
  4. Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool completely before serving. The sauce will thicken up more as it cools.
  5. If not using right away, store in a covered container in the refrigerator.


This can be made up to a few days in advance and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Slightly adapted from: Spoonful of Flavor


  1. Marion - Make This Dish says:

    I love the vibrant color of this sauce! My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the cranberry sauce too. This looks delicious Kelly!

  2. My boys like the jellied canned cranberry sauce too but I am with you on the homemade version! Love the sound of the Meyer lemon with apples here, sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This sauce looks amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. We always had cranberry “sauce” from the can growing up too – and I wouldn’t go anywhere near it! haha But once I realized you could make it … well I’ve loved it ever since. It’s just so much better!! I love this spin with the meyer lemon! Delicious Kelly!

    • Hehe, I was the same and would only put a tiny bit on my plate just to make my mom happy. Thanks Ashley, hope you have a great week and your Thanksgiving preparations are going well so far :)

  5. This looks beautiful and will definitely get all of us in the Thanksgiving mood! I never ate cranberry sauce growing up and I actually don’t now but if anything will convert me, this would be it. I’d love to try yours. I’m sure it is fantastic with the meyer lemon.

  6. I’ve had my Thanksgiving too but definitely have been craving cranberry sauce after all the American food bloggers posting Thanksgiving recipes. Your cranberry sauce looks awesome, I’ve never tried it with other fruits, just lemon.

    • Hehe, yes, seeing all these Thanksgiving recipes pop up has definitely gotten me geared up for Christmas holidays already hehe. I usually use orange or lemon but this is the first time I’ve tried making it with apples, it helps to sweeten the sauce up without adding too much sugar. Thanks Ashley and ope you have a great week :)

  7. I love the lemon taste you are giving these cranberries! I bet it smells pretty amazing too!

  8. I love cranberries and this homemade sauce looks great! Thanks for sharing it with us at Marvelous Monday! Sharing and pinning

  9. You know i love the combination of apples and cranberries. And meyer lemons add that sweet lemon flavor that I love. We have hundreds of meyer lemons on our tree this year and I don’t seem to be using them fast enough :)

    • Thank you so much for sharing the recipe Ashley, the sauce tasted incredible! I was drooling after I saw your post and couldn’t wait until next month to try it hehe. I really loved the apples and cranberries together :) Yes, I remember you told me you have a meyer lemon tree, you are so so lucky:) I love baking with meyer lemons and always grab them up as soon as I see them available :) Thanks again for the great recipe Ashley and hope you have a great week!

  10. Don’t laugh but I have never had or made homemade cranberry sauce before. The closest I have gotten is eating Trader Joe’s cranberry relish in their deli case section, which is better than the canned stuff. Seeing all these homemade cranberries sauces this year makes me want to make my own next year. I love your version of it Kelly. The meyer lemon and apple really does make this sauce extra special and I love the flavor combination! :) Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe and have a fantastic week Kelly! xo

    • Thanks so much Anne :) A lot of my friends and family have never tried cranberry sauce either. My mom was really into watching cooking shows and learning how to cook different cuisines when I was younger so she always made an effort to make our Thanksgiving dinner just like she learned – except for the cranberry sauce and gravy hehe. She would always buy the ones in a can since it was one less thing to worry about and my brothers loved them so she still buys them today too :) Thanks Anne, I’m glad you like this version, it was really good combined with the apples and meyer lemons and I am so glad I saw it on Ashley’s site and gave it a try too. I know anything you make would be a sure winner too since you make the yummiest food :) Hope you have a great week too! xo

  11. Citrus and cranberries are in season!! I love the color very vibrant! Both tart and I am all about tart flavors. :)

  12. Looks lovely and vibrant just perfect for any Thanksgiving celebration. Great recipe!

  13. Since I didn’t grow up in the US, I have never had cranberry sauce. But I have a box of cranberries at home now. I think this cranberry sauce would be my first try! :)

  14. This sounds awesome Kelly, love the combination. I have a Meyer lemon tree at home, so need to try this! YUM! Pinning!

    • Thanks so much Krista, I’m glad you like them :) That’s awesome, I would love to have a Meyer lemon tree too :) Thanks so much for pinning too and hope you and your family have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. wow, finger licking good!
    i guess this would be lovely with any roasted meat, including my roasted squab!
    the cranberry and apple fruits made me not feeling guilty……

  16. Kelly, your pictures and the colors in this post are beautiful! I can’t wait for the shortbread bars recipe. I’m sure it will be amazing!
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  17. I have Meyer lemons at the counter right now and I used their lemon zest for soup garnishes. Wow, what a lovely cranberry sauce, it’s lovely to make your own with a variety of your favorite spices and seasonings! <3 it. Sometimes we would use the cranberry sauce in our “thanksgiving leftover” sandwich as a condiment.

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