Makes about 5 cups

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.

Step 2

Reduce heat; simmer, stirring often, 15 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat, and stir in sweetened dried cranberries. Cool. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Step 3

Note: Mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Ratings & Reviews

Smitchell's Review

November 24, 2010
I have made this for the past couple of years for either Thanksgiving or Christmas! It was very good and presents well. Sure beats cranberry sauce out of a can!!

Alexandra379's Review

December 21, 2008
Brilliant recipe! The zest of lemon, texture added with dried cranberries and lovely apples makes this sauce a favorite. Have found even those who don't care for cranberries reaching for seconds.

It's a hit!

November 17, 2015
We've always done the canned version before and people who didn't like it, LOVED this recipe.

daradoby's Review

November 27, 2010
I usually make a homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving that most people pass up for the canned variety, so I decided to try this recipe this year. I did not have a lemon, so I subbed 1/2 cup or orange juice for the lemon and water. The flavor came out great, but I wasn't happy with the texture of the apples. If I make again, I might try blending it.

kek608's Review

November 22, 2010
This has become the dish I'm expected to bring for Thanksgiving. In addition to tasting good, it has a beautiful color & smells wonderful while it's cooking.

jadedaula's Review

November 28, 2009
have not tried this yet but plan to and im also gonna try using it in a sweet cornbread recipe...i think it sounds yummy..im sure with the apples the kiddos will even take part in it..

78jessica's Review

December 18, 2008
I prefer plain cranberry sauce to this apple variety. Perfect if you need to stretch your cranberries for cranberry sauce OR if you need to strectch you apples for applesauce!

chef1greg's Review

November 28, 2008
My family seems to be a canned cranberry sauce family. I tried making this recipe to entice them to fresh cranberry sauce this year, but it didn't go very well. This recipe makes a large portion. I thought it was fine, but there weren't a lot of second-helpings by other people.

Peggeo's Review

November 24, 2008