Crockpot Cranberry Sauce: a Sweet and Tangy Christmas Recipe

Is your cranberry sauce too tart? Try this crockpot cranberry sauce recipe instead! My grandmother always made the best cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. She’s been gone now for a few years. To honor her I always make her crockpot cranberry sauce recipe for my own holiday dinners with my family. We’ve got 4 kids and they love this cranberry sauce recipe. It’s easy to make. I usually get the kids to help me. We always make our cranberry sauce ahead of time. Want to know the recipe?

crockpot cranberry sauce
This crockpot cranberry sauce recipe with apples is sweet and tangy.

This is a simple crockpot cranberry sauce recipe that takes 10 minutes to prepare and cooks for 2 1/2 hours in the crockpot on high. It is so easy that your kids can help you with it, and once it is in the pot and cooking you don’t need to worry about a thing. There is no need to watch it or stir.

Allergy sufferers need not worry either, because this dish is naturally gluten-free, corn and dairy-free. Made with apples, our Crockpot Cranberry Sauce is a bit sweeter than most, making it a kids’ favorite.

QUICK LINKS TO OUR HEALTHY RECIPESIngredients for Crockpot Cranberry Sauce:

1 bag of fresh cranberries (4 cups)

8 small apples peeled, cored and chopped in a food processor (I used fuji apples, rather than granny smith)

NOTE: If you are pressed for time you can just add applesauce instead!

1 1/2 cups of pure cane sugar

1 cup Simply Pure orange juice (all natural, no ascorbic acid)

1 packet of unflavored Knox gelatin

Directions for Crockpot Cranberry Sauce:

Raw cranberry sauce ingredients in crock pot
The raw ingredients for crockpot cranberry sauce.

Just dump all ingredients for crockpot cranberry sauce (except gelatin) into a 2 quart crockpot and stir once to mix. You can use a mini-prep food processor to chop the apple pieces into small pieces. I have chopped them by hand the way my grandmother used to make them. In a pinch? Use 3 cups of apple sauce.
Turn crockpot on and let cook on high for 2- 2 1/2 hours. When the cranberries have popped turn the crockpot cranberry sauce off and add the gelatin. Stir until well mixed. Chill for at least 2 hours. This dish can be made a few days in advance.

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