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Close-up of a bowl of homemade cranberry sauce with 2 cinnamon sticks and apple slices

Apple Cranberry Sauce

This Apple Cranberry Sauce is loaded with apples and cinnamon with a nice citrus kick and easy to prepare.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Holiday
Keyword cranberry sauce recipe, thanksgiving sides
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 172 kcal


  • 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 salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • zest and juice from 1 orange


  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.
  3. Simmer for about 25 to 30 minutes, until most of the cranberries have popped open and the apples are tender.
  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.

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/4 recipe))
Calories 172
% Daily Value*
Sodium 153mg6%
Potassium 176mg5%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 38g42%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 4.2mg5%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.