Homemade Cranberry Apple Pie



There’s something about being home for the holidays that makes me crave delicious smells from the oven, time around the fire, and fresh baked family-favorites.  Being home for the holidays is also one of the only windows of time in my college career that I feel like I have a moment to breath. Thus, following exams I pack my bags, sleep for four days, and then get real old-fashioned with my cooking and baking.

This pretty pie was one that I prepared for my family on thanksgiving. I have never cooked with fresh cranberries (I almost always go for the cop-out Craisin version), so when I saw these pretty red berries in the store I knew a pie was in order!


The leaf design was the result of me having the first large chunk of free time in a while, and my desire to try something knew.  You do not have to draw the leaves, it probably will not make the pie taste any better, but oooo was it fun!


I hope this holiday season that you have time to slow down. I hope you have time to try something new, like cooking with cranberries or making a homemade pie crust. I hope your days are filled with time by the fire, and that you always have enough food on your table and people to share it with.

It’s the little things.

Happy Holidays!




  • 2 pounds Gala Apples (about 5)
  • 8 ounces fresh or frozen (not thawed) cranberries
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pie crust  (store bought or homemade!)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F.
  2. Rinse, peel, core, and thinly slice your apples.
  3. Stir together the apples, cranberries, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  4. Lay your pie crust into your pie pan, and press into the edges. Prick with a fork several times on the sides and bottom.
  5. Pour the apple/cranberry mix into the pie and smooth over with a spatula.
  6. Top the remaining pie crust and bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Cover the pie with aluminum foil and bake at 350˚F for another 20 minutes.*



Notes and Tips!:

  • This scrumptious pie can be made with either a homemade crust or a store-bought crust.  For a homemade crust, use my favorite pie crust recipe here, and double it for a pie topping. If using a store bought crust, thaw the crust in the refrigerator, and once malleable, spread into your pie pan. You will need an entire crust sheet to make the leaf design I made, if you are interested.
  • To make the leaf design, use a small paring knife, draw the leaves into the dough, and then cut out! It’s simple, but slightly time-consuming.
  • Source: Epicurious
  • If you like this recipe, check out these other delicious holiday treats from ‘A Rented Kitchen’ (recipes below)!:

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