Apple Pie with Cranberries

Recipe by Dorothea Douple

While apple and cranberries complement each other in taste, season and glowing colors, sometimes the consistency isn't quite right. Cooking the berries, sugar and orange peel with flour to thicken before pouring over the apples gives the pie a better texture and flavor.

40 mins
30 mins
1 hr 40 mins
one 9" pie
Apple Pie with Cranberries


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.

  2. Divide the pastry into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Roll the larger piece of pastry into a 12" to 13" circle, and place it in a 9" pie pan.

  3. To make the filling: In a medium saucepan, cook the cranberries with the sugar, zest, 1 tablespoon of flour, and juice until the mixture is slightly thickened.

  4. Sprinkle half the pecans into the crust in the pan.

  5. In a medium bowl, mix the apples with the remaining 1 tablespoon flour and the cinnamon. Transfer to the pan and dot with the butter.

  6. Pour the cranberry mixture over the apples and sprinkle with the remaining pecans.

  7. Roll the second piece of pastry into an 11" circle. Use the pastry to weave a lattice top crust.

  8. Bake the pie for 40 to 45 minutes, covering with foil if the pastry is browning too quickly, or until the crust is golden and the berries are bubbly.

  9. Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool before slicing.

  10. Store, loosely covered, at room temperature for a day, or refrigerate for up to 5 days. Freeze for up to three months.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Need some tips to make your pies perfect? Check out our Pie Baking Guide.
  • There are many different thickening options available for fruit pies, from flour to cornstarch to Instant ClearJel and more. For an easy guide to thickener substitutions, see our Pie Filling Thickeners Guide.
  • Want to temper the sweetness of this pie by reducing its sugar? See how in our blog article, How to reduce sugar in pie.

  • Interested in a make-and-freeze pie crust base (just add water and roll) good for multiple pies? See our blog post, Make-ahead pie crust.