Cranberry Apple Casserole

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This cranberry apple casserole is a must on our Thanksgiving table. Made from simple ingredients, it is truly a family favorite.

Cranberry Apple Casserole

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My sister makes this cranberry apple casserole every year for Thanksgiving. My oldest boy has threatened to turn her away if she doesn’t show up with it. Luckily, she usually makes two-one to eat on Thanksgiving Day and one just for him. He hides the other one, and will oftentimes be found eating it straight from the dish an hour after the Thanksgiving meal is over. If any makes it to the next day, he eats it for breakfast.

And why, you might ask, am I posting this recipe AFTER Thanksgiving? Well… with its pretty red color, it is a great dish to make for Christmas too. It goes great alongside roasted chicken or pork, but can easily make a great breakfast also.

This cranberry apple casserole can be made gluten-free, as long as you are sure to purchase certified gluten-free oats. With several members of our extended family having celiac disease, we are learning what can and can’t be made gluten-free. In the past, we just made this with regular oats, but after consulting with the celiac members of the family, we discovered a simple change to certified gluten-free oats would make it work for everyone.

Are you looking for some additional side dishes for your holiday table? Be sure and check out my green bean casserole that doesn’t use cream soup as well as my sweet potato casserole. The green bean casserole is also gluten-free. Both dishes would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast.

Cranberry Apple Casserole
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr

This cranberry apple casserole is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas. The pretty red color and great flavor make this side dish a great potluck recipe. Leftovers make a yummy breakfast.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry apple casserole
Servings: 12
  • 1 pkg. cranberries, 12 oz. picked over
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 cups apples, unpeeled & diced
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), melted
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  1. Combine cranberries, sugar, and apples.  Pour into a greased 9″ x 13″ casserole dish.

  2. Mix topping ingredients. Sprinkle on top of fruit mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.

Cranberry Apple Casserole for snack?

I made this cranberry apple casserole to photograph for the blog since I forgot to take pictures of my sister’s casserole on Thanksgiving Day. I left it to cool on the counter while I went to pick the boys up from school. My oldest immediately walks in the door, spies the casserole, and helps himself to a big bowl. Luckily, I had gotten pictures of it first!

I also caught him eating some more last night before bed. As of this morning, there is just a small bowlful left! I’m sure that will be gone the minute he gets home from school. So while the recipe says it serves 12, that doesn’t take into account hungry teenage boys! (But served as a side dish on your holiday menu, it really should serve 12!)

Do you have any favorite side dishes to share? I still haven’t planned my Christmas Eve dinner yet, so I would love some new suggestions.

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