Tis the season for all things apples. We went apple picking as a family last weekend and have SO many apples! So far I’ve made an apple crisp, baked apple donuts and some apple puree for the baby.

Every year I make a batch of Cranberry Applesauce. Not only is it incredibly delicious but it is so easy. You can do this right in your crockpot, so it’s a set it and forget it type of recipe (my favorite)!

If you don’t have a crockpot or instant pot, you can also do this is a large saucepan on the stove, just know that you’ll have to get in there to stir every once in a while.

This is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The apples are nice and sweet and we add a little extra sweetness with some honey or sugar. The fresh cranberries are incredibly sour but when you put them both together, it is a wonderful balance that is adored!

This stores really well in the fridge for a good week, but I guarantee you it will be gone by then! Perfect to pack for the kids lunches or to set out for a holiday meal. Feel free to mix it up and add some new spices or ingredients! You can get super creative with it. Enjoy!

Cranberry Applesauce

Course Side Dish
Keyword applesauce, cranberry, sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 12 servings
Author Melissa Crowe


  • 6 large apples fuji, granny smith, macintosh, etc.
  • cups fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup water (or apple cider)
  • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (or apple pie spice if you have)


  1. Peel and chop all of the apples into 1 inch pieces.

  2. Add the apples and all of the other ingredients into a slow cooker and give a stir. Cook on high for 4 hours.

  3. When done, stir and if too chunky for you preference, mash with potato masher or blend with immersion blender. Serve warm or cold! Enjoy!

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