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Easy Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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.
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 71kcal


  • 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