Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

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Fall is the perfect season for Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce. My simple recipe combines Fuji apples, some fresh lemon juice, a few tablespoons of sugar, and cinnamon. We love this applesauce warm, but it’s great cold out of the refrigerator too!

A mason jar with brown twine tied on it, full of homemade applesauce, on a brown background with bright red apples in the background and another jar of applesauce.

One of the things I miss most about living up north is the apple orchards. As kids, we’d go pick our own apples quite often. I have vivid memories of roaming the apple orchard, picking, and eating at the same time.

Mom and Dad had an apple tree that finally started producing after we’d grown up and left the house. But they had several years of good harvests and Mom loved to cook with them.

  • Apple Crisp
  • Applesauce
  • Apple Pie.

THIS applesauce.

  • chunky
  • cinnamon-y
  • slightly sweet (but not too much)

If you like a sweeter applesauce, just add more sugar!

A large sauce pan of red Fuji apples, on a brown background with a white napkin.

Overhead process shots of 1) a large pan of sliced and peeled apples, and 2) a large pan of cooked sliced apples, all on a wooden background.

Tips for making chunky applesauce:

  • If you have one of those fancy apple peeler/corers, use that. I prefer to use my very dull pari knife to peel them.
  • Use ten LARGE apples for this Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce. Apples cook down a lot, so while it looks like way too much, don’t worry. You will end up with only about eight cups of applesauce.
  • Feel free to use any good baking apple. There are so many to choose from, especially if you live in the land of apple orchards.
  • There is very little sugar in my recipe. You may want to use at least twice as much, especially if you prefer a sweeter taste.
  • Resist adding more water to the apples. Once they begin to cook down, there will be much more liquid in the pan.
  • This applesauce is great served warm or cold.

Surprise a friend or neighbor with a mason jar of chunky applesauce! Just tie some twine around the top, and you’ve got a sweet homemade gift to give. 😀

Yay Fall!Overhead shot of two mason jars of homemade chunky applesauce, on a wooden background with apple peels and a white bowl of applesauce beside the jars.

Make this apple recipe next: Apple Cinnamon Cobbler

 

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XOXO ~Sue

A mason jar with brown twine tied on it, full of homemade applesauce, on a brown background with bright red apples in the background and another jar of applesauce.

Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

Fall is the perfect season for Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce. My simple recipe combines Fuji apples, some fresh lemon juice, a few tablespoons of sugar, and cinnamon. We love this applesauce warm, but it's great cold out of the refrigerator too!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chunky applesauce, cinnamon applesauce
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 10 large apples - I used Fuji
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 large lemon - freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Peel, core, and slice apples in 1/4 inch slices.
  • Place apple slices, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and water in large stock pan. Heat to boiling, and then reduce heat to medium. Simmer until apples are soft, stirring often, for approximately 35 - 40 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and add sugars and cinnamon. Stir well, and pour into large bowl or storage container.
  • Serve warm or cold.

Video

Notes

  1. Use any good cooking apple for your applesauce.
  2. Avoid adding too much water when cooking the apples. They will naturally break down, providing more liquid.
  3. If you like a sweeter applesauce, add more sugar. 
  4. This applesauce stores well in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  5. Give it as a gift, in a mason jar tied with twine!

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 12.8mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0.4mg

 

7 Comments

  1. So excited to make this today!! One question and maybe it doesn’t matter but in the recipe you put the sugar and cinnamon in after it has cooked and the video you added it before you cooked them. Is there a better way??

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yes, I know it’s different. I don’t think it matters, but I recommend adding the sugar and cinnamon after it’s cooked. Good luck! 🙂

  2. Yum!! This takes me home too. So easy and delish!!

  3. Mike Ringsdorf says:

    Great job with this recipe! It was awesome and it also takes me back to my days in Iowa. I remember helping my Grandparents pick apples. My Grandpa would put me in the bucket of a tractor and raise me to the top of the tree. It was crazy how many apples I picked! As everyone knows, I am afraid of heights so I am not sure why or how I did that. Oh, to be a kid again!

    1. Jackie Thill says:

      I didn’t know you were afraid of heights Mike, so not everyone knows. How are you for hiking with us, and posing on a rocky ledge?

      I just made this recipe for tailgate. It was delicious and didn’t need any more sugar. We didn’t have dessert, so this was our dessert. YUM!

      1. Suebee Homemaker says:

        Haha! I love that we’re talking about heights! And yes, he’s VERY afraid. 🙂 I’m also glad you enjoyed the applesauce, Jackie! 🙂

      2. Jackie Thill says:

        Oh, and I meant to say that I don’t add ANY sugar. Just the apples are enough if they’re sweet.

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