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Mom's Cranberry Apple Pie Recipe

Mom's Cranberry Apple Pie

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"This is a modified apple pie recipe my mother has had for years. I prefer a combination of Braeburn, Fuji, and McIntosh apples."

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch pie Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Fit a pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish and arrange sliced apples into crust. Spread cranberries over apples. Whisk sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle mixture over cranberries. Distribute butter pieces over pie filling. Place remaining crust over filling, crimp both crusts together, and cut several slits into top crust to vent steam.
  3. Bake until pie is browned and fruit filling is bubbling, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 05, 2013

This was very good and everybody liked it. One thing I would do differently next time is to toss the apples and cranberries together with the sugar etc. I usually pile my apples really high because they shrink when cooking - I couldn't do that and put the cranberries on top because the cranberries would roll off. So my pie ended up very thin. Delicious but more the thickness of a tart. With that one change this would be 5+ stars. I do believe this will be making an appearance at the Thanksgiving dessert table.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 21, 2015

The cranberries were WAY too tart. They were completely inedible. I don't know if adding more sugar would help? I took the advice of one of the reviewers and mixed the apples and cranberries with the sugar mixture in a bowl first, before putting it into the pie. So maybe that was where I went wrong. Maybe if you place the apples, then cranberries, then the sugar mixture on top, the cranberries get most of the sugar? I don't know. But I probably will not make this again.


12 Ratings

Nov 28, 2013

This pie has a refreshing tartness that is usually absent from the Thanksgiving table. It's not fussy and very versatile. Last night, instead of apples, I thawed some peaches that we froze last August. I also added 1/4 tsp. of cloves. Like another reviewer, I mixed the fruit, sugar, cornstarch and spices before adding to the pie. On a scale of 1 to 5, my husband gave it a 10.

Dec 30, 2012

Delicious! I added about 1/4 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts and about 1/2 tsp of orange zest. Even my picky mother liked it.

Nov 29, 2013

Great recipe, however, my cranberries were super tart so I ended up picking around most of them while eating this. Don't know if this is normal for cranberries. I know they're relatively tart anyways, but mine just seemed way too sour. Some of them unbearably so. That said... I, like the other reviewers mixed the apples, sugar, cornstarch and cranberries together. Just makes more sense to do it that way. Next time I make this, I'll be changing the amount of cranberries to only a cup or maybe even just half a cup. Overall, really good and everyone that tried it liked it. A nice variation on apple pie. And for those curious…I used gala apples.

Dec 22, 2012

I was worried about the cranberries but they baked just fine and their tartness combined with the sugar and apples in a delightful way. There were no leftovers!

Nov 10, 2014

Very good, I cut the sugar some because i used dried cranberries. I also used a little lemon juice. Very good pie!

Dec 30, 2014

My DH and I loved this pie, and I don't even like apple pie! The combination of the sweet and tart was spot on for us. I did make a change in the mixing of the ingredients. I fold the apples, cranberries, sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon together before adding it to the crust. I also zested the peel from an orange that I had in the mix. Dotted the filling and added the top crust. I had Honey Crisp and Granny Smith apples, so I used a mixture of both kinds. Wonderful served with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. SaraSunshine, you have a winner on your hands - thanks for sharing.


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  • Calories
  • 373 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.9 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 18 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 4.4 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 255 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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