Perfect Thanksgiving Desserts | Hot Apple Cider and Cranberry Apple Crisp

by | Nov 23, 2020 | Holiday Inspiration, Sips, Sweets, Thanksgiving Inspiration, Thanksgiving Recipes

Alicia Wood, Dallas Lifestyle Expert, Dallas Fashion Blogger,

Juliska Forest Walk Mugs / Forest Walk Baking Dish / Pewterware Lions Head Bowls

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m sharing the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.  One of our favorite treats when it gets cool is Hot Apple Cider.  This recipe tastes like fall in a cup.  This Cranberry Apple Crisp is sweet and tart favorite.  It is a nut-free take on one of our favorite holiday recipes.  Together, these are the perfect Thanksgiving Dessert.

These gorgeous antler handle Forest Walk Mugs from Juliska are the perfect compliment to the Hot Apple Cider.  This recipe is so easy but so good!  These mugs are part of the Forest Walk collection featured on this Thanksgiving Tablescape.

Hot Apple Cider
  • 6 c of Apple Juice
  • 1 c of Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • ⅓ c Maple Syrup
  • 10 Whole loves
  • 8 Whole All Spice Berries
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  1. Place all ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Heat for 5 minutes on medium or until thoroughly warmed.
  3. Lift out spices.
  4. Ladel into mugs.
  5. Enjoy!


This Cranberry Apple Crisp is an adaptation of a recipe from an old cookbook called Kansas City Christmas.  I can’t find it online or I’d link it for you.  It has great recipes so I wish I could!  This darling baking dish has cute illustrations inside and pretty “antler” handles.  The original recipe has a pecan crust that is so good but a no-no for us now so I did an upside-down version and made it an updated apple crisp.

Gluten Free Cranberry Apple Crisp
  • Filling:
  • 2 small Granny Smith Apple, peeled and diced
  • 2½ c of Fresh Whole Cranberries
  • 1½ tbs grated orange zest
  • ¾ c brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Topping:
  • 1 c brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ c gluten free old-fashioned oats (regular is fine, too!)
  • ¾ c Cup4Cup (regular flour works also)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ c butter, cold and cubed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix Filling ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Place in baking dish.
  4. Mix together Topping ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. Place on top of Fruit filling.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes.
  7. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.


These recipes are great for Thanksgiving as well. You can find my Traditional Thanksgiving Menu and Shopping List here in case you’ve not downloaded it yet.  I love this time of year and cooking in the kitchen with my mom and girls.  I’ll be making a triple batch of this Ginger Spiced Cranberry Sauce it’s so good.  You can find all of my Thanksgiving Prep tips here and more Holiday Inspiration here.

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Happy Monday!



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Photos by Mary Summers-Hafner

Thank you to Juliska for their support of Alicia Wood Lifestyle.  The mugs and baking dish were a gift.  All selections and opinions are my own.


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