A quick stove top recipe for apple pear cranberry sauce. It’s great on meat or delicious by itself as dessert.

Wondering why you’re seeing an applesauce recipe 2 days before December and not 3 months ago?

Well, I shall tell you.

1. I was in the mood to bake on Monday. Like bake, bake. Cookie galore bake (perhaps because the second Thanksgiving was over, every food blogger I know threw up a holiday cookie recipe). Except guess who didn’t (and still doesn’t) have any sugar in her house? Yep. No sugar. Who the hell runs out of sugar?  Is this the depression or something? I was making fun of a coworker last month for not having yeast on hand and now look at me.

2. My entire “crisper” drawer is still filled with apples from our csa. There are some that are getting so old the skin looks more wrinkly than my 83 year old grandma’s (who actually has quite nice skin though so that’s not a great analogy, but let’s just pretend).

Apple pear cranberry sauce
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3. My beloved Autumn Harvest candle is now officially burned out. (The applesauce makes the house smell like that candle in case you didn’t catch the correlation there.)

4. I had an intense craving for oatmeal with simmered apples stirred on top on Monday. Stupidly, I gave into the craving before I made the applesauce and had a pretty pathetic bowl of oats with a glob of almond butter instead. Of course, I had to rectify that yesterday morning with the actual applesauce and so now I’m 0 for 2 on staying paleo for breakfast this week. Which, I’ve realized I kind of like. I thoroughly enjoy carbs in the morning. After 10am, couldn’t care less for them outside of veggies and fruit.  So this eating approach may become “a thing”.

And that is why applesauce is debuting itself on November 28.

Quick and easy apple pear cranberry sauce

I did try to be slightly festive and seasonally appropriate by throwing in some cranberries and pears for good measure.

If there’s one thing outside of cookies this time of year that are amazing, it’s pears.

Last year we got a mystery Harry & David tower of goodies that included 12 of their fabulous pears (among all the other moose munch type of stuff I have no interest in) and I was in heaven.

We seriously have no idea who the person was that sent it and there was no message, but fingers crossed he comes through again this year.

Mama needs some free pears!

Between the combination of tart and sweet apples, the fresh cranberries and the pears, this is like the perfect combination of sweet & lip puckering.

I used to eat lemons as a kid, I enjoy a good lip pucker.

Easy apple sauce with pears and cranberries

It’s not quite a cookie, but it’ll do.

At least until I get more sugar.

Looking for a more traditional cranberry sauce? Try this slow cooker cranberry sauce that only uses 5 ingredients or, my favorite, bourbon cranberry sauce!

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Apple Pear Cranberry Sauce

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
A quick stove top recipe for apple pear cranberry sauce. It’s great on meat or delicious by itself as dessert.


  • 5 apples, mixture of sweet & tart, peeled, cored & chopped
  • 1 pear, peeled, cored & chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • Handful of golden raisins for garnish, optional


  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Uncover pot and continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon to break down the apples.
  • Sprinkle in raisins if using and remove from heat.
  • Serve warm or cold.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 75mgFiber: 9gSugar: 62g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


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  1. Hi Gina, I received your update by email and saw this recipe. I thought this would be a marvelous breakfast with oatmeal. Sooo… I made this morning and it was so good. I loved the colors and the texture!

  2. I saw your prep pictures on Instagram and was wondering what you were making. Looks fabulously delicious. Hope I get some mysterious Harry & David pears, lol. :)

  3. Love this one and my post tomorrow is full of cranberries. Love a fast cranberry recipe and all the fun add-ins you used!

  4. This sounds so good. Must. buy. pears. asap.
    And what is it with those Harry & David pears? I have yet to find pears at the grocery store that are anywhere near as good.

  5. You won’t hear any complaints from me. This sounds outstanding. Props for including the pears and cranberries, but honestly, it would be hella delicious without. P.S. I’ll send you a package of sugar ASAP along with a bottle of gin and a flapper headband. That’s what friends do.
    P.P.S. Send me cookies kthx ;)

  6. haha so true. I’m guilty of going into holiday mood the moment US Thankgiving was complete. Bring on the candy canes and egg nog. I’m ready for this!

  7. Yum!!! I love this combination! I make a similar type sauce and I eat it by the spoon fulls! Yours looks gorgeous!!!

  8. i literally made this same thing last night. except i just threw an apple, a pear and 1/2 c cranberries in a saucepan with 1/2 c water and let it simmer for 1/2 an hour then smashed it all up. it’s in my lunch today :) great minds think alike!