Cranberry Apple Casserole {or crisp ... or crunch}

November 12, 2012

As I'm sitting here thinking about writing about this dish, I can't help but have a vision of a TV infomercial playing in my head, 'cause this dish is so versatile.  {insert boisterous announcer voice here} ... It's a creative cranberry fall'ish, Thanksgiving'ish side dish ... BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE! ... It's perfect as a breakfast/brunch dish ... BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE! ...
When served up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it's a delicious dessert.  It's a casserole, it's a crisp, it's a crunch ...  YOU GET THREE DISHES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!  {but only if you call in the next 10 minutes!} ... okay, just kidding on that last part.

As I've said in the past, I'm not a huge cranberry sauce fan ... except for our family's Thanksgiving day Cabernet Cranberry Sauce, ... so I take my cranberry fill in other forms.  Like this dish.

And, seriously, this dish truly can serve as a fabulous side dish for turkey or ham, as a breakfast or brunch cranberry treat, or as a dessert, much like traditional apple crisp.

Recipes for this Cranberry Apple Casserole appear in, I kid you not, no less than six of my church/womens' club cookbooks ... with most referring to it as a 'casserole,' and others calling it a 'crisp' or 'crunch.'  I decided to stick with what appeared to be the most popular name - 'casserole.'  (Which is also what it's called in the cookbook I'm citing as my recipe source ... my church's cookbook.  We have some fabulous cooks in our church!)

All you do to pull this dish together is toss some fresh cranberries, chopped apple, and sugar together in a baking dish.  Then top it with a mixture of oats, flour, brown sugar, and butter ... just like a traditional 'crisp.'

Bake it all together, and then dig in!  {And if you're one of the next ten callers, you'll also get the FREE bonus gift of ...}  Hey, did you just hear that announcer voice again??  Shhhhhhhh, boisterous announcer.  This dish will sell itself just fine without you.

Cranberry Apple Crunch
Source:  Adapted from Lutheran Chapel Cooks with {More} Love (... which happens to be my church's cookbook!)
2 c. fresh cranberries, rinsed
3 c. peeled chopped tart apple (such as Rome, McIntosh, or Granny Smith)
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of salt

1/2 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. old-fashioned oats
3/4 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted

For the Filling:  
1.  Place cranberries, chopped apple, and sugar in the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  

2.  Sprinkle the ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt on top; toss to coat.

For the Topping:  
3.  Melt the butter in a mixing bowl.  Add remaining topping ingredients and toss to combine.  Sprinkle topping evenly over the fruit mixture.

4.  Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

5.  Serve warm or cold, as a side dish with turkey or ham, as a breakfast/brunch dish, or as a dessert with ice cream.




  1. The announcer has me hooked! ;) I have some cranberries in the freezer that will be made into this soon! Mmmm.

  2. This sounds so yummy and easy! I also have cranberries in the freezer to use for this. Thinking I will serve it for breakfast with some plain yogurt. And then have it later for dessert, with ice cream :-) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Wow, is it really that easy to throw together? That looks delicious! Pinning. :)

    1. Yes, it sure is REALLY that easy to throw together! Thanks so much for reading and Pinning!

  5. Id buy this right off the infomercial. totally yum. Love it if you shared at my cranberry themed link party

  6. Mmmm!! Going to make this for thanksgiving. :)


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