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Cinnamon Applesauce

Posted by Denise on February 17, 2013

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Fresh and simple, cinnamon applesauce makes a great side to a meal or a nice snack.

Sometimes when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade and other times you make…cinnamon applesauce! I would be lying to you if I said that I started out to make applesauce. I was trying out a new recipe and the apples started to fall apart when they weren’t supposed to. My bad! So I made some of the best cinnamon applesauce we’ve ever had because of a slightly unexpected ingredient carried over from the original failed recipe.

I’ve made cinnamon applesauce many times before, but the addition of a little butter added a new depth to the already wonderful flavor of the apples. So good! Lots of cinnamon finished it off. We couldn’t stop eating it until it was all gone.

Cinnamon applesauce is really easy to make and it puts store-bought applesauce to shame. The fresh apple flavor of the homemade stuff is so naturally pure and making it at home means you can control the ingredients as well as how chunky or smooth the finished sauce is. And it only takes about 30 minutes to make a batch!

Make sure to start with the minimum amount of sugar and taste as you go to keep from making the applesauce too sweet. The natural sweetness of the apples can make more sugar unnecessary.


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Cinnamon Applesauce 

 cinnamon applesauce ingredients

 Cinnamon Applesauce ingredients



Makes 4 to 6 servings



medium apples, preferably Granny Smith, Winesap, or other firm varieties


cup water


tablespoons butter


cup sugar or more to taste


teaspoons of cinnamon, or more to taste (we used 3, we like lots of cinnamon)




1.     Peel and core the apples and slice into thin slices or chunks. 


slicing apples into chunks

 I use an inexpensive corer/slicer tool I picked up somewhere to save time.



2.    Add the apples, water, butter and sugar to a pan large enough to hold it all while still allowing you to stir the ingredients. Place over low heat and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. As the apples cook, they will start to break down into apple sauce.



3.     Approximately 10 minutes into cooking the apples, add 1 tablespoon of the cinnamon and taste the sauce. Allow the apples to break down to the smoothness or chunkiness that you prefer. Add more cinnamon if desired, tasting as you go to make sure it is to your preference.


cinnamon applesauce cooking and breaking up

We leave the applesauce with small chunks of apple in it for a little crunch. Yum!  


4.    Once the applesauce is cooked and spiced to your satisfaction, remove the pan from the stove and either serve right away or store in the refrigerator until you want to use it. Covered, it will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.



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