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Christmas time is fast approaching. It’s hard to believe it’s only a few weeks away. I spent most of my day trying out some different Holiday cookies to share – stay tuned in the coming weeks. Today I’m sharing a beautiful Apple Cranberry Sauce that is so easy to make, it’ll add zero stress to your Holiday dinner. You can even make this way ahead of time (like I just did) and keep it in the freezer until the day of.

Apple Cranberry Sauce

What I love about this recipe is that it’s a slightly different take on your regular cranberry sauce. The mix of apple throughout adds a lovely subtle sweetness that helps balance out the tartness of the cranberries. Because of the added sweetness from the apple I find there isn’t much of a need for extra sweetener to be added. Hence why there is only 1 tbsp of honey added into this sauce!

Apple Cranberry Sauce

It’s a one pot kind of deal for this recipe – which I love. Simply add your water and spices to a pot and bring up to a boil. Then add in your cranberries and diced apple and simmer away! Cook times will vary depending on the consistency you prefer. I left mine simmering for roughly 20 minutes which allowed all the berries to burst and the apple to become nice and soft. If you’d like it a little chunkier, simply simmer for less time.

As I mentioned earlier, this is an easy dish to make ahead of time. Prepare the sauce and then either keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. If you’re making this further in advance, you can store in the freezer. Just remove the day of your dinner and leave to thaw in the fridge. It’ll be perfect for dinner time!

Apple Cranberry Sauce

Apple Cranberry Sauce
5 from 1 vote

Apple Cranberry Sauce

A Holiday classic side dish with a twist - beautiful tart cranberries with pops of apple mixed through. 

Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 package (340 g) cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup diced and peeled apple (roughly 1 apple)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Prepare your apple. Peel and dice and set aside. 

  2. In medium sauce pan or pot - combine water, honey, salt, cinnamon and vanilla and bring to a boil over medium heat. 

  3. Add in cranberries and apples and mix together.

  4. Reduce to simmer over low heat. Roughly 20 minutes or until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

  5. Remove from heat and cool. Store in the fridge until ready to use (up to 4 days) or freeze if making ahead of time. 

Would you enjoy this twist on a simple cranberry sauce? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

For some other amazing Holiday side dishes check out this Warm Green Bean Salad or these Honey Mustard Brussel Sprouts.

Apple Cranberry Sauce

8 thoughts on “Apple Cranberry Sauce

  • December 11, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    This looks perfect for teh holidays! thanks for sharing it with us at Fiesta Friday!

  • December 13, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I know people would dig on this if I brought it to the party! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

  • December 13, 2016 at 8:59 am

    We will just love your Apple Cranberry Sauce, just perfect for the holidays! Thanks for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • December 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    You had me at zero stress. That is totally what I need in my holiday dinner plan. Thank you for sharing at the Over the Moon link party. Wishing you a stress free and easy to make holiday!

    • December 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you Melissa – glad you liked my post! Happy Holidays!

  • December 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday, #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!


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