This Super Easy Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce is not only healthy but will be a recipe that you will make again and again.
I totally love this recipe for Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce.
I guess mostly because I love cinnamon apples. It goes back to childhood. Remember the hard shelled cinnamon apples? They were soooo good.
And when you add cranberries to that delicious spicy flavor, I mean it just doesn’t get better.
I used to make my cranberry sauce with water, sugar…sometimes oranges and maybe nuts.
But this cranberry sauce is different. Maybe because of the extra flavor of cranberry juice. Or maybe because you use whole cinnamon sticks broken in half for more intense cinnamon flavor. Or because the Granny Smith Apple really kicks it up.
I think it’s all of these things that really make this so incredibly great.
Plus did I mention how easy it is to make? This wonderful cranberry sauce is ready in 15 minutes.
This Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce is the absolute perfect side dish to serve with ham. Or pork chops. Or certainly chicken. But I think it’s shining moment is when it’s next to your Thanksgiving Turkey.
And for a great Thanksgiving Turkey leftover idea, make a turkey sandwich with cream cheese and a spoonful of this cranberry sauce. Trust me, you’ll be in heaven.
So let’s make it.
Ingredients of Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce
- Whole cranberries
- Cranberry juice
- Cinnamon sticks
- Granny Smith Apple
First, rinse cranberries well and add them to a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Next add cranberry juice, 2 cinnamon sticks – each broken in half – sugar and the peeled, cored and diced apples.
Cook the cranberries about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. At this point you may hear them pop.
Next, remove about 1/4 cup of liquid from cranberries to a bowl. Add 3/4 Tsp of corn starch to the cranberry liquid and whisk until smooth.
Then add the cornstarch mixture slowly back into the cranberries and stir to incorporate. Continue to cook another 5 minutes.
Pour into serving bowl and allow cranberries to cool on counter.
When cool, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cranberry Sauce
Can I make this ahead?
Absolutely! This Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce can hold beautifully in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Can cranberry sauce be frozen?
I would not recommend freezing canned cranberry sauce because it would be watery after it’s thawed. But this fresh Cranberry Sauce freezes beautifully and can be frozen for up to 2 months.
Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce
- 1 16 oz Bag Whole Cranberries
- 1 Cup Cranberry Juice
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks Broken in half
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Large Granny Smith Apple Peeled, cored and diced
- 3/4 Tsp Cornstarch
- Rinse cranberries well and add them to a medium sized saucepan over medium heat.
- Add cranberry juice, cinnamon sticks, sugar and apples.
- Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove 1/4 cup of cranberry liquid to a bowl. Add 3/4 Tsp of cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
- Add the cornstarch mixture slowly back into the cranberries and stir to incorporate. Continue to cook another 5 minutes.
- Pour into serving bowl and allow cranberries to cool on counter.
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