Cranberry Apple Crunch

November 12, 2012
Cranberries aren't just for cranberry sauce!  Enjoy them in this Cranberry Apple Crunch, too. It's a tart, cinnamon and pecan-laced crisp that's perfect as a fall or Thanksgiving side dish or dessert. 

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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, because this dish is so versatile.

{Insert your best boisterous announcer voice here:}

Cranberry Apple Crunch is a creative cranberry fall'ish, Thanksgiving'ish side dish ... BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE! ... It's perfect as a breakfast or brunch dish, too ... BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!

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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.

Okay, just kidding on that last part about only in the next 10 minutes.  Because you can certainly make this tasty crunch anytime cranberries are around.

As I've said in the past, except for our family's Thanksgiving Cabernet Cranberry Sauce or Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce (we switch back and forth between the two), I'm not a huge cranberry sauce fan. So when it comes to enjoying cranberries, I take my cranberry fill in forms other than sauce.  Like this tasty Cranberry Apple Crunch.

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.

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Recipes for this Cranberry Apple Crunch appear, I kid you not, in no less than six of my church/womens' club cookbooks.  Most refer to it as a "casserole," and others call it a "crisp" or "crunch."  Most often I've seen it titled as "Cranberry Apple Casserole," but I prefer the title of "crunch."

But no matter what you call it, one's thing for sure -- this dish is super easy to make.

All you do to pull this dish together is toss some fresh cranberries, chopped apples, sugar, and cinnamon together in a baking dish.

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Next, give everything a good toss to get it all mixed together.

You want to get the cranberries and apples well coated in the cinnamon and sugar.

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Then mix together a combination of oats, flour, brown sugar, chopped pecans, and butter to make the topping.

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Sprinkle the topping evenly over the prepared cranberries and apples, just as you would for a traditional apple crisp.

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Pop the pan in the oven and bake it up until the topping is light golden brown and the cranberries and apples are bubbly around the edges.

The cranberry and apples will be nice and tender and juicy, while the topping will add a wonderful crisp texture.

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Then get ready to dig into the Cranberry Apple Crunch deliciousness.  It's tart, juicy, and crunchy all in one.  A perfect fall cranberry treat.

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Hey, did you just hear that announcer voice again??  

Shhhhhhhh, boisterous announcer.  This dish will sell itself just fine without you.

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Yield: about 10-12 servings
Author: Tracey | The Kitchen is My Playground

Cranberry Apple Crunch

Cranberry Apple Crunch

Cranberries aren't just for cranberry sauce! Enjoy them in this Cranberry Apple Crunch, too. It's a tart, cinnamon and pecan-laced crisp that's perfect as a fall or Thanksgiving side dish or dessert.
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 20 M


  • 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


How to cook Cranberry Apple Crunch

Prepare 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. 
  3. Toss to coat.
Prepare the topping & bake:
  1. Melt the butter in a mixing bowl. Add remaining topping ingredients and toss to combine. 
  2. Sprinkle topping evenly over the fruit mixture.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
  4. Serve warm or cold, as a side dish with turkey or ham, as a breakfast/brunch dish, or as a dessert with ice cream or whipped cream.
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Cranberry Apple Crunch ~ A tart, cinnamon and pecan-laced crisp that's perfect as a fall or Thanksgiving side dish or dessert.


  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. :)

  7. This sounds delicious. I love desserts that are a little more tart.

  8. What a delicious way to use cranberries! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Hope to see you this Sunday too!

  9. This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it! Pinned to my Fall Food list. Thanks so much

  10. This is a delicious recipe that we really enjoy! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday,456. We look forward to seeing you again very soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. This looks so good, delicious and colorful. We will feature it on the next Blogger's Pit Stop. All the best,

  12. This recipe is divine! I can't describe how much I love it!


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