Cinnamon Applesauce

Cinnamon Applesauce

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My grandma had apple trees in her yard and always made applesauce from her autumn harvest. Cinnamon Applesauce. Sweet, tart, chunky applesauce. So yummy and delicious!

She gave me a sackful of apples when I was in college, my first summer away from home. The dormitory had closed for the summer so I had rented an apartment with another girl and had my very own kitchen. Small, but it had a refrigerator and a stove.

What did I do with all those apples? I made a pie. And applesauce. My grandma’s recipe.


My Grandma’s Recipe

Green Apples

Her apples were green. My mom never knew which variety. Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, or something else. But they were tart, and they made great applesauce.

From time to time, I still get a sack of apples in the fall–now from my folks who have apple trees on their land. My dad loves to make apple cider, so this only happens when my mom steals a few from his stash. And then I’ll make a homemade apple pie. Or applesauce. My grandma’s recipe.


Ingredients for Cinnamon Applesauce

  • cooking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • water
  • granulated sugar
  • ground cinnamon


Simple Instructions for Making This Recipes

Honey Crisp Apples

Using a pairing knife, peel, slice and core the apples. You may also opt to use an apple corer to save time.

The apples above came from my mom and dad’s apple tree, and are sweeter than a green apple. This still makes a wonderful applesauce. 

Placing Apples in the Saucepot

In large saucepan, combine apples and water. Cook until the apples are soft, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

Adding Sugar to the Cooked Apples

Once the apples are soft, add in the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.

Mashing the Cooked Apples

Using a potato masher, finish mashing any large pieces. Stir to combine. I like my applesauce chunky.

From here, you may eat, can, or freeze as you desire. If freezing, allow the applesauce to cool to room temperature.

Recipe for Chocolate Applesauce Cake

This recipe makes 6 cups, so I’ll usually pour some in plastic containers and store them in the freezer. We enjoy eating it fresh, but I also like using it in recipes. Like my Chocolate Applesauce Cake (also my grandma’s recipe).

Serving Cinnamon Applesauce after it's Cooled

Our youngest daughter loves homemade applesauce. It always made her especially happy to come home from school and smell it simmering on the stove. She’s married now and has her own place in the country. I look forward to the day when I can take her a sack of my dad’s apples. So she can make a homemade apple pie. Or Cinnamon Applesauce. My grandma’s recipe.

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Recipe for Cinnamon Applesauce - Favorite Apple Recipes

Cinnamon Applesauce

Need a way to use fresh from the tree apples? Here's an easy recipe your family will enjoy.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apples, Canning, DIY
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 12


Knife Set
Apple Corer
All-Clad Cookware
Potato Masher


  • 4 pounds cooking apples peeled, cored and sliced (12 cups)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Using a pairing knife, peel, slice and core the apples. You may also opt to use an apple corer to save time.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the prepared apples and water. Cook until apples are soft, about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
  • Stir in the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon until combined.
  • Use a potato masher to mash any remaining large pieces and stir everything together. (I like my applesauce chunky, so I don't worry too much about this.)
  • From here, you may eat, can or freeze as you desire. Makes 6 cups.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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