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Cranberry Apple Butter

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Preserve a bit of fall’s sweet and tart offerings with this cranberry apple butter. This easy preserve has just a few ingredients and is full of fruity flavor.

J]ars of cranberry apple butter on a table with red maple leaves and fresh apples.

A Simple Preserve

No one needs something complicated and deeply involved this time of year. There’s plenty of parties, feasts, and more happening in fall. This has just a handful of ingredients and comes together easily. The only long part is the cooking down of the puree into a thick butter but that can be relatively hands off.

Fruity without Spice

Most fruit butters include a healthy dose of spice. I skipped the spice in this cranberry apple butter because I wanted to highlight the flavors of the cranberries more than anything. A person could add some cinnamon or other spice as desired – a couple of teaspoons at most.

Slow Cooker for Ease

One could cook this fruit butter down on the stove. Do this over a low heat and stir  almost constantly to prevent scorching. For ease, however; cook it down in a slow cooker. Simply leave the lid off and set the slow cooker to high. Stir this mixture occasionally. It will take a couple of hours and won’t need as much attention as it would on the stove.

Jars of cranberry apple butter on a table with red maple leaves and fresh apples.

How to Use Cranberry Apple Butter

This thick and creamy spread is perfect on toast. It’s great in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Use it as an alternative to cranberry sauce on those leftover turkey sandwiches. Don’t forget to include it with some sharp cheese and crackers on holiday buffet.

It will also make a great gift. Toss it in gift baskets with bread. Add a ribbon and a label for hostess gifts.

Yield: Approximately 6 half-pints

Cranberry Apple Butter

Jars of cranberry apple butter on a table with maple leaves and fresh apples.

A simple tart and sweet preserve that highlights the best of fall's fresh fruits.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2 Pounds Fresh Cranberries
  • 2 Pounds Apples, cored & chopped
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Cups Maple Syrup


  1. Combine the cranberries, apples, lemon juice, and water in a saucepan and cover. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the apples are soft and the cranberries burst.
  2. Puree the cooked mixture until smooth.
  3. Return the puree to the saucepan or slow cooker. Stir in the maple syrup. Cook the mixture until thick. When done the butter will mound on a spoon.
  4. Prepare water bath canner, jars, lids, and rings.
  5. Pour the cranberry apple butter into jars leaving 1/4" headspace. Remove air bubbles, secure lids and rings.
  6. Process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes (adjusting for elevation).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

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Sunday 25th of October 2020

Do u think brown sugar would work?

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 25th of October 2020

I imagine so but I can't say with 100% certainty.


Thursday 24th of October 2019

Did you peel the apples, and what type of apples? I usually use tart such as Granny Smith for cooking, but since the cranberries are so tart maybe this needs a sweeter apple.

Kathie Lapcevic

Friday 25th of October 2019

No need to peel the apples, they'll puree when you blend everything together. I used McIntosh in my recipe, simply because that's the kind of tree we have. Honestly use whatever apples you have on hand and give the puree a little taste. If it feels too tart add a little more maple syrup just remember that it will get sweeter as it thickens and cooks down.


Thursday 24th of October 2019

How much much does it make? I want to make pint jars for Thanksgiving and hopefully Christmas presents.

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 24th of October 2019

It makes 6 half pints. Easily doubled if you want to make more.

Colleen Kelly

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

I love the idea of this recipe but HATE maple in any form. Suggestions? I really want to try this. Colleen Kelly

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

You could use honey in an equal amount with good results. I haven't tested it with regular granulated sugar but I imagine it would work too.


Friday 18th of October 2019

My butter is done but has a very bitter aftertaste. Suggestions?

Kathie Lapcevic

Saturday 19th of October 2019

You can try adding more sugar. It's hard to say why it's bitter unless the apples and cranberries were bitter to start with.

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