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Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce

Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce

It’s not too late…to make this cranberry sauce! I promise.

It is wonderful..super fresh, tart but sweet.  I found the recipe for this Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce last year on Williams Sonoma’s site.  I love that it has chunks of apples in it along with orange zest and juice.  And the best part is it will probably be the easiest thing you cook for Thanksgiving dinner.

Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m feeling super blessed and thankful for all the good things in my life…my wonderful husband and kids, our families, our friends and our health.  I’m also very thankful for all the wonderful opportunities that I have experienced this year thanks to this blog…I’m thankful for all of you who read it and who comment and who support me.  I’m thankful for all the great people I’ve met “virtually” and in person whether through blogging, Facebook or Twitter…

Life is Good. God Bless.

Future Food Blogger?  🙂


Print Recipe

Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2 bags fresh cranberries (about 6 cups), rinsed
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar (original recipe calls for 2 1/2 so if you adjust to your liking)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine fresh squeezed orange juice, zest, apples, cranberries, water, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a slow boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Gently stir occasionally, until cranberries "pop", apple softens and sauce thickens, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Let cool completely before serving. Makes a large batch, perfect for leftovers.

Over the years, I've started to reduce the sugar gradually. If you have a sweeter tooth, stick to the two cups. If you are looking to cut back, try with 1 cup of sugar and you can always add more.

To help with adding more natural sweetness, I like to include the squeezed halves of oranges and the apple cores to the cooking process and then remove.

Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma


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14 Responses to “Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce”

  1. Holly ~ One Spicy Dish posted November 24, 2010 at 11:46 am

    So funny!! I JUST finished mine. I did a cranberry/pear/ginger version 🙂 It’s sooo good!! Kinda sounds like a candle scent LOL

  2. Erica posted November 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Cranberry sauce is maybe my FAVORITE part of Thanksgiving. We actually make ours without any cooking. We use an old school grinder- so amazing. i can’t wait for it! Hope you and your family have an absolutely amazing Thanksgiving.

  3. fittingbackin posted November 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    oooh that’s very pretty! I’ve never made a cranberry sauce!

  4. Kara posted November 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    That looks great! I made PW’s cranberry sauce this year. It was the first time I did anything more than just open a can. If I knew it was that easy I would have started years ago.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. teresa posted November 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    homemade cranberry sauce is the best! this looks great, happy thanksgiving!

  6. Kerstin posted November 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Such a cute pic of your little one and a yummy cranberry sauce!

  7. patsy posted November 27, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Happy Thanskgiving! That cranberry sauce looks wonderful!

  8. Jamie posted November 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I made this cranberry sauce again this year Aggie and it was delicious again. I also adapted the recipe some and used more orange juice and zest instead of the pieces of orange rind the recipe calls for. It really is so good. Hope you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Gina is the budding food photographer : )

  9. Kim @ Quit Eating Out posted December 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Your daughter is such a cutie! PS ~ Funny enough… this is THE recipe I used for our cranberry sauce this year. Glad to see you made it too…. It got great reviews around our table.

  10. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom posted December 3, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I took your suggestion and made a similar cranberry sauce from Williams Sonoma for Thanksgiving. It’s a keeper. I really loved it (mine called for the diced peel of half an orange). The combo of the cranberry, apple, and orange was awesome. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Shirley Dupree posted November 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    The recipe from Williams-
    Sonoma calls for 2cups of water, but your recipe doesn’t mention water, should I add water?

    • Aggies Kitchen posted November 25, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Oh I’m so glad you caught that Shirley, yes, add water, thank you! I will add it back into recipe (my recipe is double the WS one by the way). Happy Thanksgiving!


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