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This Easy Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe takes just 20 minutes to make and is a delicious balance of sweet tart flavor with a hint of vanilla aroma.

Easy Apple Cranberry Sauce in Glass Jar

This week I’m doing something very special and a little different. In honor of the humble cranberry, I’m sharing a new recipe that features cranberry every day from now through Saturday. And I’m calling this series Crazy for Cranberry!

Because isn’t it high time cranberry got to spend some time in the limelight?

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I’ll be sharing a couple recipes that help you use up all that leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving. Because I, for one, am always looking for new ideas how to use leftover cranberry sauce!

I’m also going to share a dinner recipe featuring cranberries, a couple baked goods recipes (one of which is paleo!), and a couple very different recipes for homemade cranberry sauce.

This recipe for cranberry sauce is my personal favorite out of the two cranberry sauce recipes that are part of this series.

Easy Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Description

Easy Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

I absolutely love the use of vanilla in this Easy Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe. Not only does it partner really well with apple, but it also adds incredible aroma and a lovely pop of vanilla flavor on the back of the tongue. It results in a well-balanced sweet and tart cranberry sauce that has a somewhat jammy flavor.

Surprisingly, it’s a pretty fabulous compliment to turkey!

If you want to try a new cranberry sauce this year that will knock the socks off your guests, this one comes highly recommended.

Cranberry Apple Sauce with Fresh Apple on Wood Table

What To Do With Leftover Cranberry Sauce

As a total bonus leftovers of this sauce are amazing as a topping for yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, or waffles.

Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce in These Recipes:

Homemade Apple Cranberry Sauce Overhead View on Wooden Table

More Unique Cranberry Sauce Recipes to Try:

Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Linen on Wood Table

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Easy Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Yields: 12 servings
This Easy Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe takes just 20 minutes to make and is a delicious balance of sweet tart flavor with a hint of vanilla aroma.

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  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries rinsed (about 3 heaping cups)
  • 2 medium crisp sweet apples cored and diced (not peeled)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste


  • Add all ingredients except the vanilla bean paste to a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Once boiling, turn the heat down slightly so it doesn’t boil over. Cover the pot and simmer until the cranberries pop and the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla bean paste.
  • Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.



  • This recipe makes about 3 cups of sauce, which is about 12 (1/4-cup) servings.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cranberry Sauce

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on November 2, 2014. I updated it with more information on November 9, 2020.

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Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Yay, cranberries! I need to get some and start baking very soon. :) I think this sauce would be amazing on vanilla ice cream!

  2. ATasteOfMadness says:

    I should have seen this so that I could have made it for Canadian Thanksgiving! This looks amazing!

  3. I adore cranberry sauce! Its actually my favorite part of thanksgiving! We have an old family recipe that involves no heating of the cranberry at all- and its so good! Can’t wait to see all of the recipes this week

  4. Delicious! This is a wonderful combination.



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