Paradise Cran-Applesauce Recipe
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Paradise Cran-Applesauce Recipe

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Appealing apple slices peek through a tangy ruby-red cranberry sauce in this simple but extraordinary side dish. Whether I use this recipe for a holiday dinner or to spark up a Sunday supper, it wouldn't be a feast without a bowl of beautiful and delicious Paradise Cran-Applesauce! -Sallie McQuay, Sayre, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 cups sliced peeled tart apples
  • 2 cups sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 224 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, trace protein.


  1. In a covered saucepan, simmer cranberries and water for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Press through a sieve or food mill; return to the saucepan.
  2. Add apples; covered and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender but retain their shape. Add sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Paradise Cran-Applesauce in Taste of Home August/September 1994, p25

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"This is my second year making it for Thanksgiving. The kids love it even though I cut the sugar in half. Very festive and tasty!"

Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"This is one of my kids' favorite side dishes.

I have been making this for years and am surprised more people haven't found out about it!"

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