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Cranberry Applesauce

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
    3-1/2 cups


  • 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 zest
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 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.
  • Mash until sauce reaches desired consistency. Stir in zest, ginger and cinnamon. Cook, uncovered, 5 minutes longer. Serve warm or refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 157 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 41g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein.

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  • DebbieT
    Oct 29, 2014

    Very good

  • rwippel
    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
    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.