Cranberry Applesauce Recipe
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Cranberry Applesauce Recipe

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Instead of the usual jellied cranberry sauce, I serve this refreshing alternative. It's not too sweet and not too it's a snap to make.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 medium Golden Delicious apples (about 2-1/2 pounds), peeled and chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 157 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 41g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add apples; cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add cranberries; cover and cook until apples are tender and berries pop, about 15 minutes.
  2. Mash until sauce reaches desired consistency. Stir in peel, ginger and cinnamon. Cook, uncovered, 5 minutes longer. Serve warm or refrigerate until serving. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Cranberry Applesauce in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2002, p28

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DebbieT User ID: 221944 54242
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"Very good"

rwippel User ID: 4262008 60849
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"This was very good. I doubled the cranberries just because I had them. I will be making this again next year. Thank you for the recipe!"

ksleet User ID: 5633328 45531
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"My kids do not like cranberries and so they were skeptical about this recipe. I reduced the sugar somewhat and left out the ginger and we all loved it! Great way to use up leftover cranberries from the holidays."

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