Sanctuary Ridge Family Recipes

Cooked Apples with Cranberries

Cooked Apples with Cranberries

One of my favorite things about Fall is cooking Apples! I usually buy a couple of boxes of apples from Wooden’s Apple House and spend a day cutting, cooking and freezing enough apples to feed my family for a few months. Here is the link to Wooden’s Apple House where you can buy local produce. Boxes of #2 apples are usually $15-18. (This just means they might have a slight imperfection.) It’s a great little place to visit! The food is so good! Don’t forget to visit their little bakery for an Apple pie! Take a photo in their giant chair with Apple trees all around. This is a small, family owned place and I just love it!

I began making this many years ago, after my aunt brought a similar recipe to Thanksgiving Dinner. Her recipe included pears, apples and fresh cranberries. Since I have been making old fashioned cooked apples for a long time, I wanted to be able to replicate her more detailed home made recipe with something quick and easy. Cranberries are seasonal, but you can almost always find the canned whole berry sauce. So I tried just adding the whole can of cranberry sauce to my cooked apples and it turned out to be a magical combination! My family loves this side dish and I hope yours will too!

Cooked Apples with Cranberries

Monica Scott
A delightful side dish for any meal! Quick, easy, and a family favorite with sweet apples and tart cranberries.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • Cutting Board
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • medium size pan
  • paring knife


  • 3-4 Apples, washed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup orange juice
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 can Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce


  • In a medium size pan, place 2 TBSP butter, prepared apple pieces, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and orange juice.
  • Cook over medium high heat. Once it begins to simmer, cook for 10 minutes and stir occassionally.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 1 opened can of Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce.
  • Serve warm or cold. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week in an airtight container.

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