Cranberry Apples

Brenda Forbes


Rarely do I not have this made and in my refrigerator! When a craving for "something sweet" raises it's ugly head this recipe is a good (and healthy) "fix"!

It is a great side for any type of breakfast and is absolutely delicious with pork or chicken. Serve it hot or cold--either way it is wonderful!

As a note, since my original post of the recipe I began using fresh cranberries vs canned whole berry cranberries. To cut calories, I only use 1/2 cup sugar (vs 1 c. sugar as the bag instructs). I cook the apples (as stated above) in a separate pan then combine everything into one bowl.

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We chose to use a combination of Granny Smith, Gala & Red Delicious apples for this wonderful recipe. The mix was terrific, with the Granny Smiths being the real stand-outs. Try serving them warm atop flaky biscuits... Mmmmm, good! The Test Kitchen


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5 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


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  • 4 to 5 medium
    apples - different varieties give the best flavor
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1 can(s)
    whole berry cranberry sauce

How to Make Cranberry Apples


  1. Wash the apples, halve, and remove the cores and stems.
  2. Chop the apples (do not remove the skin) into large chunks, approximatley 1/2" to 3/4" in size.
  3. Place apples, cinnamon, and water in medium size sauce pan and cook on medium low heat for approximately 20 minutes or until fork tender. Do NOT put a lid on the pan as it will make the apples mushy.
  4. Remove apples from heat. Gently stir in canned whole berry cranberries.
  5. Apples can be served immediately while hot or chilled and served up to two weeks later. (The dish can be reheated as desired.) Enjoy!!

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About Cranberry Apples

Course/Dish: Fruit Sides
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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