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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Cranberry Dessert Sauce

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 25 mins
  • yield: Makes 2 cups




  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Cook's Note

Store, covered, in the refrigerator up to 1 week.


  1. Step 1

    In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Cook apple with nutmeg until apple begins to soften, about 3 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Add cranberries, apple cider, and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until apple is tender and sauce is thick, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in 1 tablespoon butter. Puree in a blender until smooth. If too thick to pour, stir in up to 1/2 cup more apple cider. Spoon the dessert sauce over pound cake or vanilla ice cream.

Everyday Food, December 2003



Reviews (1)

  • 23 Dec, 2010

    Delicious. I substituted Splenda for the sugar and it turned out wonderfully. Beautiful color and consistency. Very easy.