CranApple Cinnamon Spice

Want your home to smell like you’re baking a homemade pie? This simple recipe is my favorite go-to year after year….

Every year starting in October, I pull out my sugar pot to create the perfect fall smell in my home. This year, I’ve decided to share my secret!

I use the Williams-Sonoma Mauviel Copper Sugar Pot because it’s the smallest pot I own & doesn’t require much upkeep. I love how this pot (overtime) will start to look as if it’s on its last leg. Which clearly mine does. But, with a little ketchup & elbow grease.. that can all change!


If you don’t already have the ingredients, go out & buy:

  • Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberries
  • One Medium Apple (red, green, doesn’t matter – your preference)
  • Cinnamon Sticks (I use both the ones from WS & McCormick, WS are a little bigger & you can break them in half, McCormick’s are smaller and require two full sticks)
  • Mulling Spices (I love WS’s Mulling Spices, it’s all in one & has orange which adds an extra scent! But you can get/use, McCormick clove & cinnamon powder to create the same smell)

Side note: If I have older fruit that I know I wont eat, I’ll use that instead of buying fresh. You’ll get the same great smell regardless, if it’s an apple, grapefruit, pear, orange, lemon, etc. I’ve used them all!!



  • Cut your apple horizontally (creating round apple bites)
    • place into the pot
  • Sprinkle a half cup of cranberries on top of the apple
  • One WS Cinnamon Stick, break in half
    • place into the pot
  • 2 teaspoon’s full of WS Mulling Spices (if you’re using McCormick clove & cinnamon powder, use one teaspoon of each)
    • place into the pot
  • Pour water until it covers the apple slices



  • Regardless if you have a gas burner or an electric burner, always start out with a low heat;
  • Let the ingredients simmer for about 5-10 minutes (never let water completely evaporate);
  • Turn off & repeat simmer as needed, but always make sure there is enough water.


**  This will last about a week or so on the stove, I usually will add new mulling spices or cranberries for additional smell & color.**

Enjoy! ~ XO, Kate

p.s. – this recipe is also good for when you forget to buy candles… (:



  1. Aunt Becky
    November 22, 2017 / 2:19 am

    Will have to try this, I’m sure it smells wonderful

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