This one is a winner!

Yesterday I decided to take the time to search my cookbooks for the perfect recipe for the cranberries I had bought before thanksgiving that were still in the refrigerator.

My desire was to please everyone! Everyone being the seven that are under our roof at this time; some of whom say cranberries are not good unless you sweeten them a lot as well as those who say too much sugar is bad for you.

Most of the recipes called for at least 1 1/2 cups of sugar for the 2 cups of cranberries; but one used only 1/2 c. of brown sugar. Finally by combining two recipes I came up with the following:

                Cranberry CasseroleCranberries!

  • 3 – 4 cups chopped unpeeled apples
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 6 oz apple juice concentrate
  • 1 T. flour
  • 1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick or rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Place apples and cranberries in 2-quart baking dish with flour and juice concentrate. Melt butter and brown sugar; add oats and nuts. Sprinkle this mixture over apples and cranberries. Bake uncovered, 45 min. at 325 degrees.

We ate it with our meal as a side dish but it would also work for a dessert. These were the comments:

  1. Usually I’m tempted to eat dessert too fast but this recipe was good because the slight tartness slowed me down.
  2. Can we have seconds?
  3. I like the topping (meaning the oats and brown sugar) the best. Less cranberries would be better.
  4. I normally don’t like cranberries, but the apples offset their tartness enough to be a very pleasing taste that I enjoyed.

The list of health benefits from cranberries are incredible. Click here for more specifics and be motivated to try this winning recipe!


  1. Jonathan November 29, 2007 at 7:51 am #

    That was one of the best cranberry deserts I have ever tasted! Thanks so much Esther for making it. I will always be looking forward to having it again.

  2. Robert November 29, 2007 at 9:23 pm #

    Mmmmm! Sounds delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe Mom! How about you make some more when I come back home for Christmas? 🙂

  3. leosatter November 30, 2007 at 1:41 am #

    this sounds sooooooo good!!!!
    Do you by chance, know of any quality online food services? I am starting to order all my food online because of various reasons. (Health being one of them) So far I have found 2 services, Fresh Dining (an LA company) and Celebrity Foods, but you have to call them so they can talk to you about your need. I would really like any suggestions that you may have, so I can widen my list of quality places online where I can order healthy food from.
    Thank you and have a great night or day…depending on when you read this. LOL!!!!

  4. James November 30, 2007 at 4:26 pm #

    Makes me homesick, it does! 🙂 I was wondering what you were going to do with the cranberries; Im glad you found a winning recipie.

  5. Donald December 3, 2007 at 2:05 am #

    You’re an expert at combining recipes Mom. For such a combination of customers it was a winning combination! Thank you for your example of investing personal care and concern in meeting the needs of others (Gentleness). Whether physically or spiritually, may the leftovers from Thanksgiving continue to bring life and satisfaction to each one.

  6. Joshua December 3, 2007 at 5:44 pm #

    Well I will concur with Robert……Mmmmmmmmm!Having sweetness and nutrition wrapped up within one scrumptuous dish is capitol.

    By the way since coming home from your place, Mom has made two batches or your famous Whole Wheat Bread. Wow – the texture, taste, and added toppings constructed a most delectable snack – Thank you!

  7. ------------- January 6, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    I think I can geuss who put comment #2!

  8. Andrea December 1, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Thank you for this recipe; I love cranberries, & was looking for something new to try. I made this recipe as a side dish for one of my contributions to the family’s Thanksgiving dinner, & it was well received. (I would also like to recommend eating it w/no-fat vanilla yogurt; it makes for a good breakfast, too!) 🙂

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