Cranberry Apple Pie

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I can’t believe I don’t have more pie recipes on my blog. I guess it’s because I don’t make a ton of pies at home, but I certainly like to eat them! I got a new pie plate recently, so I am eager to try it out on a few holiday recipes!

Let’s start with this Cranberry Apple Pie. I picked up a container of Craisins a couple weeks ago and discovered that I actually really liked dried cranberries. It surprised me because I rarely find myself reaching for cranberry flavors, and certainly never cranberry sauce.

This is the second recipe I have prepared with cranberries this week, and I must say, I am in love. The cranberry flavors in this pie nicely offset the tartness of the apples. Plus, when combined with a brown sugar streusel, the flavors just really come together.

I chose to do a brown sugar crisp topping because I prefer the texture of a crisp when it comes to apple pie. Plus, let’s face it, getting a pretty and perfect pie crust just takes work (and skills I don’t have).

I always say, don’t fear the pie crust, and I mean that! Practice makes perfect. I’ve found that rolling out the crust between two sheets of wax paper, helps prevent the crust from cracking apart, and makes it easier to flip.

I’ve tried multiple pie crust recipes, but I always fall back to Pioneer Women’s perfect pie crust which uses Crisco instead of butter. I made a gluten-free version on my blog as well. It just so happens that a few of my fellow food bloggers have pie crust recipes you should check out here and here. This recipes only requires a single pie crust, but I usually make the double and then freeze the other one.

For the apples, I sliced them thin, but in larger pieces so that when I laid them down in the crust, they are in layers. Apple pie filling is seriously so easy to make. I add some lemon juice, seasonings like cinnamon and nutmeg and most importantly, brown sugar and maple syrup. Don’t skip out on those!

Nothing beats a good apple pie, this is spruced up a bit for the holiday season!

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Cranberry Apple Pie

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


A cranberry apple pie flavored with maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Topped with a crunchy brown sugar streusel.


  • 1 pie crust, prepared for baking

For the filling

  • 56 Medium apples, sliced
  • 1 C Dried cranberries
  • 1/2 C Walnuts, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 C Flour
  • 1/2 C Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

For the streusel

  • 1 C Oatmeal
  • 1/2 C Flour
  • 1/2 C Brown sugar
  • 1/4 C Walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 C Unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare your favorite pie crust. If the recipes make two crusts, freeze one for next time. Place pie crust in pie plate.
  3. Peel apples and slice thin into stripes. Combines sliced apples and cranberries in a medium size bowl. Squeeze lemon juice over apples and toss to coat apples.
  4. Add flour, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently toss apples to coat.
  5. Pour apple filling into pie crust.
  6. To prepare the streusel, combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Use cold butter and cut into smaller chunks. Use a pastry cutter or two forks to press the butter into the dry ingredients to create a crumbly mixture.
  7. Pour streusel over top of apple pie. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350°F. If the crust is browning too fast, put a piece of tin foil over the top of the pie. Remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting.

Keywords: cranberry apple pie, cranberry pie, thanksgiving desserts

Recipes from my friends:

Apple Cranberry Pull Apart Bread from Pint Sized Baker

Apple Cranberry Cheesecake Pie Bites from Julie’s Eats and Treats

Apple Cranberry Cheesecake Bars from Kitchen Meets Girls

Other recipes you might like:

Cranberry Maple Walnut Scones

 Peach Raspberry Pie

 Almond Cherry Coconut Crisp

 Gluten-Free Raspberry Crisp

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24 Responses
  1. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Apples and cranberries is the best combination! I just picked up a bunch of cranberries this weekend and can’t wait to start cooking with them!

  2. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    YUM!! Love all the flavors that you have going on here! The Pioneer Womans crust is awesome but I like the vodka one on Smitten Kitchen too. But the crust is not the center of attention here! The crumble the filling! Drooling. Pinned!

  3. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I love pie! There’s something so magical and comforting about it!!! Which reminds me .. I need more pie plates!!! LOVE the flavor combo you have going on here!! cranberries + apples + a brown sugar streusel?! oh my gawd, love!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Thanks Alice! I have been on a mad hunt for pie plates and I just can’t seem to find one that I love. This is from Pier 1 and I do like this one!

  4. Beth @ bethcakes

    Gorgeous pie! I’ve never had a cranberry apple pie, and now I’m dying to try it! Also really love the brown sugar topping you went with! And obviously that perfect spiral of whipped cream. 🙂

  5. Wendy

    Cranberries are a major favorite of mine. I love the idea of adding them in with apple! Generally, I am crust-phobic. Mine never taste worth the effort. 🙂 If I can’t get past my phobia, I will just make this pie crustless (as a crumble of sorts!).

  6. Mir

    I like craisins, too! Mainly in salads. It came as a surprise because usually, cranberry is not my fave. Unless it’s in a cosmo!
    This pie looks fantastic. Love the layers of apple, and I’m so happy that you used maple syrup for your filling! Yes!

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