Easy Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

Don’t settle for cranberry sauce from a can – this flavorful cinnamon apple cranberry sauce is super simple to make and can even be made a day or two in advance!

Don't settle for cranberry sauce from a can - this flavorful cinnamon apple cranberry sauce is super simple to make and can even be made a day or two in advance! Get the easy Thanksgiving recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I cannot, cannot, cannot believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s a little ridiculous, really. I mean, how is that even possible? Pretty soon it’s going to be summer again and then it will be fall again and I’ll be right back to whining about summer going too quickly.

Don't settle for cranberry sauce from a can - this flavorful cinnamon apple cranberry sauce is super simple to make and can even be made a day or two in advance! Get the easy Thanksgiving recipe on RachelCooks.com!

What I meant to say is that I’ll be savoring every moment. And making cranberry sauce in July so I can share recipes with you guys.

Don't settle for cranberry sauce from a can - this flavorful cinnamon apple cranberry sauce is super simple to make and can even be made a day or two in advance! Get the easy Thanksgiving recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Growing up, cranberry sauce was never my favorite thing on the table at Thanksgiving. It still doesn’t trump stuffing (obviously), but now I really love its tart flavor alongside all the other rich, savory dishes. This cinnamon apple cranberry sauce is complex and is the perfect thing to spoon over roasted turkey.

Don't settle for cranberry sauce from a can - this flavorful cinnamon apple cranberry sauce is super simple to make and can even be made a day or two in advance! Get the easy Thanksgiving recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Also, am I the only one who didn’t realize how ridiculously easy cranberry sauce is to make? All you do is throw everything together in a pan and cook it down until it is nice and thick. Watch out for splatters and stir often and you’re all set.

PS: How cute is my assistant?

Don't settle for cranberry sauce from a can - this flavorful cinnamon apple cranberry sauce is super simple to make and can even be made a day or two in advance! Get the easy Thanksgiving recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Easy Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

Don’t settle for cranberry sauce from a can – this flavorful cinnamon apple cranberry sauce is super simple to make and can even be made a day or two in advance!

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Ingredients:

  • 5 cups fresh cranberries, washed and drained
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups small-diced apples (about two medium apples)
  • 1 1/2 cups tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot (choose an extra big one to prevent yourself from being a splatter-victim).
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium.
  3. Stir frequently and simmer for 15 minute or until apples and cranberries are soft and sauce is thickened.
  4. Cool before serving.

Note: Works best with a firmer apple like Granny Smith, Gala, or Honeycrisp. Softer apples like Macintosh will turn into mush.

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Verdict: This makes my taste buds happy.
Husband’s take: I’ll be honest, after taste testing, this went into the freezer for Thanksgiving. So I’ll let you know soon!
Changes I would make: None are necessary. But I do have another fun variation of cranberry sauce coming soon!
Difficulty: Easy!

Don't settle for cranberry sauce from a can - this flavorful cinnamon apple cranberry sauce is super simple to make and can even be made a day or two in advance! Get the easy Thanksgiving recipe on RachelCooks.com!

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17 comments

  1. Anything is better than in a can! This is genius and looks so delicious! :)

  2. cinnamon–not sure I’m into that with cranberry, but it has possibilities. I’ll stick with my tried and true cranberry relish recipe from Grandma. Sometimes, nostalgia wins out over change. :)

  3. Love homemade cranberry sauce but what I love most about this is your twist with apples. It’s like dessert during the meal. Yum!

  4. Yes! I love how easy cranberry sauce is to make. Your assistant is SUPER cute! Training him young, I see :)

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  6. I assume it doesn’t matter what kind of apples are used? Granny Smiths are likely what I’ll try, unless you suggest something else.

    • Granny Smiths would be great! I think firm apples would work best (such as a granny smith) rather than a softer apple like a macintosh. I’ll clarify! Thanks for the question!

  7. This looks good and easy! Do you think bit of orange peel would work out in the recipe? I have a relative who insists that cranberries be served with orange…

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  10. Great recipe, taste like pie filling. Hmm i think i am going to try a double crust pie with this for the filling. Maybe i’ll increase the apple content a bit,
    Thanks !!!

  11. So I made this and was very disappointed. It was too acidic and my house now reeks of vinegar. I think the allspice mixed with it made the smell worse. My kids even commented on the smell. I will admit I made the apple pieces to small, but I don’t think larger pieces would have made it any better. I tried adding additional brown and granulated sugar, but it didn’t help. Hot or chilled it was awful so I just poured it down the disposal.

  12. just made it and I love it. Tastes nice and fresh. i cooled it in the fridge after letting it settle and everyone loved it! Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you. BTW no vinegar smell at al, house smells great!

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