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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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.

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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.

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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.

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About this cinnamon apple cranberry sauce

This is SO easy to make, you guys! 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.

The sweetness of the apples perfectly complements the tart cranberries and the cinnamon gives that warm spiciness that goes so well with apples. If you prefer cranberry sauce with orange instead of apple, try my orange cranberry sauce with cardamom.

PS: If you’re looking for an easy Thanksgiving dinner for four, try a sheet pan Thanksgiving dinner with turkey breast, stuffing, potatoes, and asparagus all baked on one pan. You’ll love it! Or cook a turkey breast (even if it’s frozen solid, I kid you not) in your Instant Pot. Perfectly done, flavorful, and fast!

PPS: How cute is my assistant?

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Looking for more Thanksgiving recipes?

These recipes would be great for Christmas dinner, too. 

 

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Easy Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fresh cranberries, washed and drained
  • 3/4 cup apple cider (NOT apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 cups small-diced apples (about two medium apples)
  • 1 1/2 cups tightly packed brown sugar (light or dark, either is fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • Works best with a firmer apple like Granny Smith, Gala, or Honeycrisp. Softer apples like Macintosh will turn into mush.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 0g

RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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