If you’re looking for a new cranberry side dish then you’re going to love this cranberry apple bake recipe!

I have to be honest. Cranberries were never really a thing in my family on Thanksgiving, so as I grew older and hosted my own feasts, it wasn’t part of my menu either.

But then I married my hubby and was introduced to new traditions around the holidays. And one of them was this cranberry side dish.

The Perfect Side Dish

This cranberry side dish is a combination of cranberries and apples and is topped with the most delicious topping.

I’ve come to absolutely love this recipe and actually make it outside of the holidays. It’s a terrific complement to roasted chicken or baked pork chops!

Related: 5 Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

You can see how easy this cranberry recipe is to make in my YouTube video below. I have a lot of good holiday recipes on my YouTube channel, so be sure to check them out while you’re there!

So if you want to add cranberries as a side dish to your Thanksgiving meal, I think you’ll be really pleased with the ease of this recipe and the end result.

Related: Roasted Veggies and Ham Quiche (using Leftovers!)

And if you have any leftovers? It’s good cold and you might even want to try it warmed up with a little vanilla ice cream. So I’ve heard (wink wink).

Cranberry Apple Bake

Cranberry Apple Bake

Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

If you’re looking for a new cranberry side dish, then you’re going to love this recipe!


  • 3 cups whole fresh cranberries
  • 3 cups fresh baking apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar*
  • 1/4 lb butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Mix the cranberries, apples, and white sugar together a casserole dish.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Remove the pan from the heat and add the brown sugar, oats, and walnuts. Mix until combined and then pour the mixture on top of the cranberries and apples. Distribute evenly.
  4. Bake for about 1 hour, or until bubbly and golden brown


*I’ve seen a few comment from people that 1 1/2 cups of sugar was too much for them and therefore didn’t try the recipe. I went back to the kitchen and tried making this with just 1 cup of sugar and it turned out just great! My only recommendation would be that if you cut the sugar to 1 cup, you use a slightly sweeter apple, like the Jonagold or Braeburn. I also recently tried a new apple called the Cosmic Crisp, and they were wonderful in this recipe.

A Little Adaption To The Recipe

I really do read all of your comments about my recipes and that’s why I went back to the kitchen and tried to cut back the sugar in this cranberry side dish recipe.

I found that cutting back to 1 cup didn’t affect the flavor, consistency, or end result in any way.

And as I wrote in the recipe above, if you do cut back on the sugar, I would use a sweeter apple, not a Granny Smith. That would be a lot of tart with the cranberries and I’m not sure if it would be too much with the sugar reduction.

Could be fine, just sharing my initial thoughts.

cranberry apple bake

When I tried this recipe with less sugar, I tried a new apple called the Cosmic Crisp, and it was delicious.

Take a peek in your own grocery store to see if you can find it!

Other Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite meal of the year. And no matter hw it looks (big or small), I’ll still be fixing up my favorites!

Related: Favorite Recipes From My Thanksgiving Menu

In addition to my delicious cranberry apple bake, I’ll be making my husband’s favorite pecan pie.

Pecan Pie
cranberry apple bake
Find the pie recipe HERE.

Think he sticks to just one slice? Think again!

My daughter, Kylie, is also in town. And you know what that means… I’ll be making her favorites as well!

cranberry apple bake
Find the stuffing recipe HERE.

First up is this sausage and apple stuffing.

I asked her what she wanted to see on the table this year and this was her first request!

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake
cranberry apple bake
Find the cherry cheesecake dessert HERE.

I’ll also be making this no-bake cherry cheesecake dessert. It’s been a fav of hers for years.

It makes a great year-round treat… and she’s never disappointed when she sees it in the kitchen!

And for Trevor? He’s a teenage boy. He’ll eat anything and everything. 🙂

From My Heart

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m so grateful for all of you and for your support of Just Jill.

Thank you for taking the time to read the blogs and for your comments and suggestions. You are a wonderful community of friends and I am thankful for you every day.

From my home to yours,


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