I wanted a pie that combined the best-loved flavors of the season: apples, cranberries, cinnamon, and nutmeg! We had 5 different types of pie this Thanksgiving, and this pie received the most compliments. It was so good, I'm seriously thinking about entering it in our county fair this summer!

Debra Lundquist
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Press one of the pie pastries into a 9-inch pie plate; reserve the remaining pastry.

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  • Pour the lemon juice into a container that large enough for the apples and fill halfway with cold water. Peel and slice the apples into the lemon water; set aside.

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cornstarch to form a paste. Stir in 2 tablespoons of water along with the vanilla extract, 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and nutmeg; bring to a simmer. Drain the apples and add them to the sugar mixture along with the cranberries. Cook and stir 5 minutes; remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

  • Pour the fruit into the pie plate and press on the top crust. Stir together 1 tablespoon of white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon; sprinkle over the pie.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes; reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue baking until the top crust is golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

530 calories; 26.5 g total fat; 31 mg cholesterol; 321 mg sodium. 72.5 g carbohydrates; 3.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (79)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2009
OMG! The title of this pie was intriguing. The taste... sublime! My DH says he's never had better. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/23/2013
Made this for our church Thanksgiving pie social. It was not a hit. Even though it was labeled Caramel Cranberry Apple Pie the cranberries looked like raisins which does not look appetizing in an apple pie. (All the pies were cut up and served on plates). Also because I sprinkled the cinnamon and sugar on the top crust as the directions say the cinnamon made the pie look burnt or dirty. I think overall the flavor of the pie was fine it was more aesthetic problems and I made a pretty pie. I didn't make the lattice top instead I cut out about 30-40 small maple leafs out of the dough and laid them on top in a pattern leaving room for the filling to bubble up. I got lots of compliments on that. So if you are going to make this pie my biggest recommendation would be to add the extra cinnamon to the apples not to the top crust. I would still sprinkle the sugar on the top which is what I do to all of my covered fruit pies. I think the cinnamon on the top was the biggest issue with the cranberries looking like raisins being the 2nd.. I personally think a regular apple pie is still better than a caramel cranberry apple; I will be sticking to my go-to apple pie recipe from "The Joy Of Cooking." Read More
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102 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 81
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2009
OMG! The title of this pie was intriguing. The taste... sublime! My DH says he's never had better. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2009
OMG! The title of this pie was intriguing. The taste... sublime! My DH says he's never had better. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2010
This was the very first 2-crust (covered) pie I ever made (please don't laugh!) and so I forgot to vent the top... Naturally it blew-up while baking and looked like it was mailed from Beirut when it came out of the oven! Even with my mid-oven pyrotechnics it was absolutely delicious! I'll try again in a few weeks with my new-found respect for venting and see what happens! The flavor was just awesome and it wasn't difficult to make the caramel portion at all. Thanks for a fab recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2010
WOW! I really enjoyed this pie. I have made at least 10 apple pie recipes from this site and my husband said it's the best pie I ever made. I skipped the lemon juice soak and just added my bare sliced apples. I also added pecans. Great! Thanks a lot! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2011
Absolutely outstanding! I discovered I was out of dried cranberries so used 1-1/4 c. chopped frozen cranberries. I increased the brown sugar by an extra 2 tablespoons to compensate for the extra tartness. Other than that no changes. This recipe is a real keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2014
I made this pie for dessert tonight with a couple of changes. I decreased the amount of butter to 6 tablespoons and used 1 1/2 cups of fresh cranberries. Because I did not use dried cranberries I did not introduce additional source of sugar to the filling and the sweetness turned out to be just right for my taste and for my husband's. My husband and I found the pie to be excellent and it will definitely be a staple in our holiday table! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2010
My family adored this pie -I made it with a crust from this site as well; pie crust IV with half whole wheat flour. I tripled the recipe and made it in a 9 x 13 pan turned out wonderful! Sweet caramel with tart apples and buttery crust throw in the cranberries for extra flavor. Excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2013
I baked this pie last night as our "test" pie to bring to Thanksgiving dinner next week and OMG it's SOOO GOOD! In reading other reviews I prepped myself to be prepared for it to be a little overly sweet but it wasn't. Perfect to my sweetness liking! I used Craisins and Granny Smith and stuck to the recipe and the hub and I loved it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2009
Okay so I didn't use this recipe but threw one together myself when I ended up with leftover apple pie and cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving. The result was delicious and I recommend this recipe as had I had this to follow I am for sure it would have been an even bigger hit. Great way to "recycle" holiday left overs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2012
crazy great pie! wife and i made this for bird day. i wanted something different from a plain apple pie. yep this was the choice. caramel granny smith apples and cranberries. can you go wrong? NO. try it seriously great stuff. serve left-overs (if any) with whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream. don't overlook this one. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/23/2013
Made this for our church Thanksgiving pie social. It was not a hit. Even though it was labeled Caramel Cranberry Apple Pie the cranberries looked like raisins which does not look appetizing in an apple pie. (All the pies were cut up and served on plates). Also because I sprinkled the cinnamon and sugar on the top crust as the directions say the cinnamon made the pie look burnt or dirty. I think overall the flavor of the pie was fine it was more aesthetic problems and I made a pretty pie. I didn't make the lattice top instead I cut out about 30-40 small maple leafs out of the dough and laid them on top in a pattern leaving room for the filling to bubble up. I got lots of compliments on that. So if you are going to make this pie my biggest recommendation would be to add the extra cinnamon to the apples not to the top crust. I would still sprinkle the sugar on the top which is what I do to all of my covered fruit pies. I think the cinnamon on the top was the biggest issue with the cranberries looking like raisins being the 2nd.. I personally think a regular apple pie is still better than a caramel cranberry apple; I will be sticking to my go-to apple pie recipe from "The Joy Of Cooking." Read More
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