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Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce

Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce

Ahoy Mateys.

It’s Thursday. Christmas is only three weeks away which means 2015 is only four weeks away. Can you believe it? It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015. This year has totally flown by and I cannot believe it’s almost 2015. We’ll be spending Christmas in Lakeland and I’ll be ringing in the new year with a much needed mini vacation. I’m taking the day after New Year’s off so I’ll have a four day weekend. Ken will have the same days off, too. I’m hoping for a mini vacation out of town but if we just decide to stay home, I’m ok with that, too!

Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce

Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce

Let’s talk cranberry sauce. You’re going to laugh at me and some of you may gasp when I tell you this – I LOVE canned cranberry sauce. I used to bring my own little can with my when we visited my mom’s house for Thanksgiving. Everyone else wanted fresh. I wanted canned. I love the jellied stuff. But over the past couple of years, I’ve warmed up to the homemade cranberry sauce. Making homemade cranberry sauce is easy. Start with fresh cranberries and add your favorite fruits, flavors and sweeteners, if desired. In this recipe, I used fresh cranberries, apple sauce, fresh orange juice, brown sugar and cinnamon. I think the recipe turned out rather well. :)

Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce

Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce is perfect paired with any holiday meal. Fresh cranberries and orange really make this sauce burst with flavor.


  • 1 12oz bag of cranberries, fresh or frozen will work
  • Zest from one medium sized orange. I used a navel orange.
  • Juice from one medium sized orange. Just use the one you zested.
  • 1/3 C light brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Heat over medium heat and simmer until the cranberries begin to pop, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the cranberries start to pop and soften, gently mash with a wooden spoon.
  2. Serve in a decorative bowl, if serving with your holiday meal.


Store in an airtight container for up to one week in a refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45 Total Fat: 0g Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 12g Sugar: 13g

Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce


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24 comments on “Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce”

  1. Great flavor combination, I think of many uses for this.

  2. I totally love canned too. And so does my family. But I still make the homemade stuff because people expect a lot when you’re a food blogger, lol! This looks fantastic and I bet it’s amazing with holiday ham! :D

  3. Mmm, my favorite part of any holiday meal! I’ve never made my own – I really need to try it!

  4. Oooh, Julie, I do hope you’ll swing by to Food on Friday to add this to Christmas Favourites! Cheers from Carole from Carole’s Chatter

  5. This sounds wonderful and it’s so pretty!!!

  6. Cranberry sauce is ALWAYS my favorite part of any holiday meal! Love the apple and orange addition :)

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  8. This is sooo inventive. I love the flavor combo here. Pinned.

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  10. My family still loves the canned sauce but I make the homemade stuff for the rest of the gang. This looks beautiful and I love the apple and orange addition!

  11. This looks so yummy Julie! We love applesauce and love to make our own so I will have to try this! Would love to invite you to link up with us in Thursdays please! Hope you have a great week :)

  12. I always make a super-basic cranberry sauce with cranberries, sugar and red wine. You’ve just inspired me to be a little bit more creative this year and try your recipe instead!

  13. I puffy heart love this cranberry orange applesauce! My family would inhale it! :)

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