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holding a bowl of spiced cranberry applesauce

Spiced Cranberry Applesauce Recipe

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x


Spiced cranberry applesauce is a quick, healthy side dish recipe that you can serve with pork or latkes.  Learn how to make this stunning holiday applesauce on the stovetop or in the crockpot.  The cranberries take this simple, low carb applesauce to a whole new level.



For the Spice Sachet

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons pickling spice
  • 1 small piece of ginger root, peeled
  • piece of cheesecloth
  • length of string for tying

For the Spiced Applesauce

  • 4 tart Granny Smith apples, cored and quartered, leave peels on
  • 2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 pinches kosher salt


  1. Cut a piece of cheesecloth large enough to hold the spices.  Lay the cinnamon stick, pickling spices, and fresh ginger root on the cheesecloth, gather up the corners, and tie securely with string.
  2. Add the quartered apples, cranberries, brown sugar, apple juice, and apple cider vinegar to a Dutch oven set over medium high heat.  Mix until combined.
  3. Place the spice sachet in the pan, cover, and bring to a boil.  Then, turn the heat down and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the apples are very soft.
  4. Discard the sachet, then puree the apple-cranberry mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Do it in a few batches if you don't have a powerful blender.
  5. Pour the spiced applesauce into a serving bowl and serve warm with a baked spiral ham or pork chops.


  • Use more than one kind of cooking apple for a subtle change in taste.
  • If you want a chunkier version because of time, mash with a potato masher or the back of a large slotted spoon.  Remove peels.
  • If you choose to leave the skins on the apples make sure to puree.
  • If you leave the lid off the pot and let some of the liquid evaporate while it simmers, it will thicken.
  • 2 large apples, 3 medium, or 5 small apples are equal to 1 pound of apples.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sides, Thanksgiving, cranberry, apple sauce