Apple Cranberry Cobbler With Cinnamon and Vanilla

Apple Cranberry Cobbler on a plate with whipped cream

The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
464 Calories
9g Fat
96g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 464
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 413mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 96g 35%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 73g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 249mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Apples and cranberries are meant for each other, especially when they're paired in desserts such as this apple cranberry cobbler. The natural sweetness of apples plays off the tartness of cranberries for a festive and sweet-tart dessert that is not hard to put together.

We used a combination of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples in this cobbler, but you can use whatever firm apples you have on hand such as Fuji, Pink Lady, or Braeburn, for example. You want ones that not fall apart when baking. Bake this dessert for a special event, potluck, or family dinner throughout the fall and winter, when cranberries are in season. (You can also make this recipe with frozen cranberries if you like.)

Ingredients

  • 7 cups apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/3 cup apple juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon butter, soft

For the Topping:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 scant teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons cream, or evaporated milk, or half-and-half

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Steps to Make It

Make the Apple Cranberry Filling

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Grease a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  3. Toss sliced apples with cranberries and lemon juice.

  4. In a bowl, combine the 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; add to the apple mixture and toss to coat. Mix in the apple juice and vanilla.

  5. Arrange the apple mixture in the prepared baking dish. Dot with the soft butter.

Make the Cobbler Topping

  1. To make the topping, in a mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 scant teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk the egg with cream and melted butter; stir into the dry ingredients and beat until smooth.

  3. Using a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls of the batter evenly over the fruit mixture. The batter will spread as the cobbler bakes.

  4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until fruit is tender and topping is nicely browned.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

How to Store and Freeze Apple Cranberry Cobbler

  • This cranberry apple cobbler will keep at room temperature for 2 to 3 days, covered, or in the refrigerator for up to 5. Reheat in a 350 F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or in the microwave.
  • You can also freeze this cobbler as long as it's well wrapped for up to 3 months. Reheat it from frozen in a 375 F until it's hot all the way through.