A southern cranberry favorite for special occasions

If you need a pretty casserole for a special meal, then Cranberry Apple Casserole certainly fits the bill. With the contrasting colors, it’s an eye pleaser.

Of course, this is southern cooking, so a dish must taste fabulous to make the family repeat list. Cranberry Apple Casserole is a tasty treat. The tart zing of cranberries and cooking apples doctored up with sugar (both white and brown) put this on the comfort food list too.

How to make cranberry apple casserole

  • 3 cups chopped apples (Winesap or Granny Smith work very well)
  • 2 cups whole fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar


  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup oatmeal (uncooked – the old-fashioned type rather than Quick Cook)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (optional but very good)


  • Mix the apples, cranberries, and white sugar and place in a buttered casserole dish (9 x 11 or close).
  • Mix butter, brown sugar, and oatmeal. Stir.
  • Pour over the top of apple/cranberries.
  • Sprinkle pecans on top.
  • Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour.

The Cranberry Apple Casserole recipe works best if you cover the casserole until the last 5 to 10 minutes. You can use a lid or cover it with tin foil. Just take that off during the last few minutes to crisp the topping a bit.