Apple-Cranberry Fruit Leather (Roll-ups)

Cranberries and Apples with a Hint of Citrus Taste

Fruit leather is a chewy, dried fruit product, much like Fruit Roll-ups, that you can make at home with your dehydrator. Fruit leathers are made by pouring puréed fruit onto a flat surface for drying. When dried, the fruit is pulled from the surface and rolled. It gets the name “leather” from the fact that when puréed fruit is dried, it is shiny and has the texture of leather. Loved by kids of all ages, these are easy to make and quite tasty!

My favorite apples for this recipe are the sweet apples although others can be used as well. Examples are Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Fuji, Gala, Ambrosia, Macoun, and Spartan. If your apples are not sweet, just add more sweeteners to taste. A pound of whole apples will yield about 3 cups prepared apples for this recipe.

To learn about making fruit leathers in general, see Fruit Roll Ups Recipe.
For hacks to keep your leathers from sticking, see Food Stuck to Dehydrator Trays?
To make Fruit Leather in your oven, see Making Fruit Leathers in Your Oven.
To handle cracks and buckles in your Fruit Leathers, see Cracks in Your Fruit Leathers?

Apple-Cranberry Fruit Leather (Roll-ups)

This recipe makes:
2 full fruit leather trays for Excalibur-type dehydrators (box-shaped) or
3 full 15-inch fruit leather trays for Nesco-type dehydrators (round-shaped)

3 cups baking apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 cup fresh cranberries or 1 cup thawed frozen cranberries (approximately 4 ounces/100 grams)
1/3 cup apple juice or apple cider
1 tablespoon orange extract or orange powder*
1/4 cup real maple syrup or honey

*1 tablespoon lemon juice or 1/2 tablespoon lemon powder may be substituted


  1. Select ripe or slightly overripe fruit. Wash fresh fruit or berries in cool water. Remove peel, large seeds and stem. Cut fruit into chunks.
  2. Using blade attachment in the food processor, blend ingredients until fruit until is smooth or use a high-powered blender, processing in batches.
  3. Fruit leathers can be poured into a single large sheet (13″ X 15″) or into several smaller sizes. Spread purée evenly, about 1/8-1/4 inch thick, onto solid drying tray or line rimmed bare trays with a good grade of parchment paper. An offset spatula will help with evenness. Tamp the trays lightly on the countertop to help even out as well.
  4. Avoid pouring purée too close to the edge of the trays. The larger fruit leathers take longer to dry. Approximate drying times are 6 to 8 hours in a dehydrator, up to 18 hours in an oven.
  5. Dry fruit leathers at 140°F/60°C. Flip the leathers halfway through to speed drying. Leather dries from the outside edge toward the center. Test for dryness by touching center of leather; no indentation should be evident.
  6. While warm, peel from trays and roll, allow to cool. Rewrap the roll in plastic or parchment after cutting with a pizza cutter or kitchen scissors. Cookie cutters are used to cut out shapes that children will enjoy.


Storage Options

Store in an airtight container. Chances are the fruit leather will not last long enough for storage. If it does, it will keep up to 1 month at room temperature.

For storage up to 1 year, place tightly wrapped rolls in the freezer.

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3 thoughts on “Apple-Cranberry Fruit Leather (Roll-ups)

  1. Debby says:

    Sounds delicious! Saving a printed copy to try out.

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