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Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce

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Homemade Applesauce His SO easy to make and makes your house smell like autumn. This Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce can be tweaked perfectly for your taste buds! 

Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce in a white serving bowl

Homemade Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce

Have you ever thought of making your own applesauce? This was a staple at my in-laws house when we used to visit. Paired perfectly with pork chops or a roast, it was also was also a favorite of their 3 grandchildren. I would often lend a hand and help cook up a batch and this recipe reflects how my mother-in-law made hers.

Want a healthy version? Buy sweeter apples and limit the sugar you add. Like more than a whisper of cinnamon? Increase the measurement. Love it chunky? No problem. This is a highly adaptable recipe. I prefer a mix of two apples for more depth of flavor, but any cooking apple will do.

Side view of Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce  in a white bowl with cinnamon sticks

How to Use Homemade Applesauce

I had a recipe for an upcoming post that called for applesauce. I eyeballed the ingredients of a top brand and saw both high fructose corn syrup AND corn syrup on the label. I could certainly create something much more wholesome. Having control of the ingredients, sweetness and spices makes for a made-to-order result.

Taste and tweak to make the perfect applesauce for you and your crew. The amount of sugar and cinnamon is to taste.  Check out the Chaussons aux Pommes, or French apple turnovers, I created with this lovely Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce. I also love perusing apple roundups which feature all sorts of delicious seasonal recipes!

Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce

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Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce | So easy and customizable!

Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce

Homemade applesauce is SO easy! And you can make it as sweet or cinnamony as you’d like.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups (will vary depending on size of apples) 1x
  • Category: Side dish, fruit
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: American


  • 8 cooking apples (I used 4 Granny Smiths and 4 Golden Delicious)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (may adjust to taste)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/21 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • Lemon juice, to taste, optional


  1. Peel, core and slice or chop apples. Place apples in large saucepan with water and sugar.
  2. Mix and simmer, stirring frequently and mashing with potato masher when apples start to soften. When your sauce is the consistency you desire (will take 20-30 minutes), taste for sweetness, and add more sugar if desired. Add cinnamon and taste, adding more if desired. Add a touch of lemon juice if applesauce seems too sweet.


If your applesauce is too sweet, try a small squeeze of lemon juice to balance the flavors.

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22 comments on “Cinnamon Spiced Applesauce”

  1. Sounds good, I like to cut back on sugar where ever I can:@)

  2. homemade applesauce is so much better! I need to try this! and love the hint of cinnamon!

  3. I love cinnamon! I even put it in savory dishes! This is a great applesauce!

  4. A very tasty recipe. I used applesauce to make roll ups for my son when he was little using a dehydrator.

  5. Cinnamons and apples are a match made in heaven. And nothing can beat a homemade sauce. This is just so flavorful and YUM!

  6. Mmm! Autumn’s month smell from here ! you apple sauce looks so nice! x

  7. yum! wow! Looks amazing! Love the combination of flavors!

  8. That would work just as well with a sugar replacement of choice. Applesauce is actually quite low in carbs too. This sounds good. I need to use it more often in recipes. Thanks for the reminder. Look forward to seeing you use this in your recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week, Liz!

  9. Wow! I’ve never even thought to make my own applesauce, but this looks just lovely! Just fresh and with cinnamon too? Delish!

  10. What a great dip, Liz! I’ve yet to try cinnamon with apple sauce……. xoxo

  11. Dear Liz, homemade applesauce with cinnamon means one thing, that fall is just around the corner – you certainly cannot go wrong with a lovely recipe like this!

  12. When I was growing up in NZ, we had about five apple trees in the backyard. As there was no shortage of apples, my mother did everything with them including making apple sauce. It’s somehow always nicer to have homemade. I do love how you added cinnamon. I used to be able to buy a fantastic gourmet apple sauce that was spiced with cloves and was tart rather than sweet. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen it around for a while – will have to start making my own! xx

  13. mmm I do adore the smell of homemade applesauce!

  14. Your timing is impeccable! I was headed to the growers’ market tomorrow to pick up hopefully a half bushel of apples. This applesauce looks like a fabulous recipe for some of those apple. Thanks Liz!

  15. I made applesauce to go with pork cutlets for dinner last night. I use no sugar and just a pinch of cinnamon – usually. Last night it had more cinnamon than I usually add and it wasn’t brown but close! Yours looks fantastic.

  16. Oh My Gosh! I have so much applesauce from last year sitting in my freezer. This year not one apple on the tree. My mother always made applesauce. She used to stir in cinnamon red hot candies until they melted. It made the prettiest pink applesauce and tasted so good. I still do that, but I serve mine with brisket and potato latkes! LOL!

  17. Homemade apple sauce is so much better than the bought stuff!
    Thanks for sharing and Happy Labour Day
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  18. I remember when I was younger – my whole family would go apple picking and we would make boat loads of apple sauce! Awwww the good memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Lizzy,
    My hubby would love this. This is much healthier than store bought.

  20. Over pork chops? Yes please!

  21. Sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing this. Great recipe. Simon

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