Cranberry Apple Sauce

Apples and Cranberries, they're good friends

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I’m a fan of cranberries.

A big fan of cranberries.

I make home-made cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I used my homemade cranberry sauce to make a festive holiday banana bread.

I like making apple sauce in my slow cooker, sure it takes longer than making it on the stove top, but I love that my apple sauce can cook all night while I’m sleeping.

I decided to add cranberries to my apple sauce for a fun, fall flavor.

Because I added cranberries, which are tart by nature, I’m adding brown sugar and apple juice. I want sweet cranberry apple sauce, not a bowl full of pucker. πŸ˜€

Cranberry Apple Sauce

slow cooker style

The ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of apples, diced and mostly peeled
  • 2 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2-3 cups of brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 ounces of apple juice

What to do:

  • Place the apples and cranberries into the slow cooker
  • add the spices, mix well
  • add the apple juice
  • cook on LOW for 10-12 hours (I like to cook mine overnight)

Cooked for 12 hours

  • allow to cool for at least 2 hours, I place my cooked fruit into the fridge. My slow cooker has a removable crockery piece, so I remove it and place it into the fridge.

drain off the syrup-ey sauce

  • Once the fruit is cool, drain off the sauce, I save my sauce for other things.
  • Add the fruit to a food processor in batches and process them until they are at the smooth-ness level you prefer.

process them until smooth

  • Store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. The apple juice allows for the up to 2 weeks storage. My apple sauce never lasts that long though.

jar it up, for cuteness

The sauce is creamy and airy. We really enjoy it and if you try it, I hope you enjoy it too.




  1. Yumm… never thought to use my slow cooker for cranberry sauce!! Great tip!

  2. Mmm, I love cranberries! My favorite Thanksgiving dish is this amazing fresh cranberry sauce my mom and I always make…but I’ll even eat and love the red goo from the cans. Glad I didn’t end up posting about applesauce πŸ˜€

  3. Homemade cranberry sauce is the way to go! This sounds great.

  4. what a great idea! I will have another slow cooked recipe soon πŸ™‚

  5. What a winning recipe!
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  6. One of the dishes I always bring to Thanksgiving dinner is a cranberry applesauce. It’s so much better than that canned jelly stuff!

  7. I’m so ready to break out my slow cooker. I keep meaning to do that!

  8. Have you ever done this on the stovetop? Party pooper alert, I don’t have a slow cooker.

  9. Gorgeous – never thought to mix cranberries and apples. Which reminds me, I now need to track down cranberries for Christmas…a bit of a challenge here!


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