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Our Favorite Applesauce


Our Favorite Applesauce

If someone in your house isn’t feeling well—or isn’t feeling happy—then a batch of homemade applesauce might be just what they need. You can eat it plain, spoon it onto yogurt, or use it to make our Applesauce Bread.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 cups

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium-sized pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Potato masher or fork
  • Pot holders


  • 6 apples (any kind), unpeeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 cup water (or more if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Put all the ingredients in the pot and put it on the stove. Turn the heat to high and cook until it just comes to a boil (you’ll hear it first but may have to look at the sides of the pot to see the bubbles).
  • Lower the heat to low, cover the pot, and cook until the apples are falling apart tender, 30 to 45 minutes, stirring every few minutes to make sure the apples aren’t sticking. If the mixture seems dry at any point, add another 1/4 cup water. Set the cooked apples aside to cool a bit, about 10 minutes.
  • Mash the apples using the potato masher or fork, then set aside to cool until just warm. Serve right away, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until cold, or up to 1 week.


  • Chunky Applesauce: Don’t mash the apples too much.
  • Nutty Applesauce: Add 1/2 cup chopped lightly toasted walnuts or pecans after it’s cooked.
  • Cranberry Applesauce: Add 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries to the pot with the apples.
  • Rhubarb Applesauce: Add 1/2 cup chopped rhubarb to the pot with the apples.
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