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Make Homemade Applesauce and More Apple Recipes

Updated on July 15, 2014

Delicious Homemade Applesauce and Apple Recipes

In many areas. September is the beginning of apple season, ripe for the picking. Today with global availability fresh apples are in the market year around and has extended the season much to the delight of apple lovers.

There are so many delicious recipes that include apples it is difficult to know where to begin. I like to think of homemade applesauce as a long time favorite of adults and children alike. I have been making my own applesauce for years with a recipe from my grandmother who had her own apple trees. I love sharing this easy recipe and have included several other favorites too.

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Grandmoms recipe is not too sweet and a favorite in our house. And it is easy to make!


  • 8 Apples
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (optional-or to taste)


  1. 1. Peel, core and slice apples into small chunks.
  2. 2. Place apples and water in large sauce pan
  3. 3. Add the salt and cinnamon
  4. 4. Cook on medium until apples turn to sauce consistency( approx. 10 minutes), stirring to keep from sticking.
  5. 5. Add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until reaching desired sweetness.
  6. 6. Continue cooking until the sugar is dissolved. Approximately 5 additional minutes.
  7. When cooking is complete, taste and add more cinnamon or sugar as desired.
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5 stars from 1 rating of Homemade Applesauce

There are Easy Ways to Peel an Apple

These apple peelers are such a time saving convenience

Making Apple Pie

I have made many apple pie recipes and this is the one I always go back to. This recipe consistently comes out just the way a good apple pie should.

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apple pie
apple pie
  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 8

It is Easy and Delicious - (with homemade crust)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup ice cold water
  • 6 -8 apples - peeled
  • cored and sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. CRUST
  2. 1. Combine the flour and salt.
  3. 2 Cut in the shortening with a fork or a mixer on low speed.
  4. 3. Add 1/4 cup water and stir with a fork (about 40 times around) to form a ball-add more water if necessary,
  5. 4. Place 1/2 the dough on a floured surface or floured pastry cloth and roll out slightly larger than your pie pan.
  6. 5. Do the same with the remaining dough.
  7. 6. Place one sheet of dough into you pie pan-9 inch is good but I have used an 8 inch pan
  9. 1. Place apples in a large bowl.
  10. 2. Stir in lemon juice
  11. 3. Mix cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over apples stirring to mix and coat.
  12. Spoon into crust-lined pie plate and cover with 2nd pie crust.
  13. Wrap ends of top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal.
  14. Cut slits in several places in top crust.
  15. Bake 15-20 minutes at 425 degrees then turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake another 45 minutes.
  16. tip-check with toothpick to make sure apples are done.
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Some of My Favorite Apple Dessert Recipes

I love cooking with apples. Any dessert with apples included is a hit in my house. I can't tell you the number of recipe requests I have had for my favorite apple crisp.

Not only do apple desserts taste good but baking the desserts sends a wonderful aroma throughout the house.

Try these recipes - you really won't be sorry.

Apple Crisp

This dish has it all. A crispy top over the most deliciously cooked apples. This is a true favorite.

Apple Cranberry Cobbler

Bake this dessert for a special event, potluck, or family dinner and you won't be sorry.

Apple Coffee Cake

Apples with a crumbled topping and a brown sugar glaze, it doesn't get much better for dessert.

EASY Apple Cake

This cake is really, really easy to make and very moist. Great to take to a "bring a dish" party.

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Some Great Apple Cookbooks

It is amazing the number of delicious recipes you will find that center on one of our favorite fruits-the apple.

Apple Recipes to Try

There are so many ways to prepare a dish with apples as an ingredient that I thought I would share a few of the ones I have tried or will try in the future. Would love to hear what you think of these recipes so leave me a note in the comment section - even if you find another recipe that I can add to my list!

Let Me Know Your Favorite Apple Dishes - Love finding new recipes!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 3 years ago from Jersey Shore

      The pie recipe really is delicious-thanks for the tip....I plan to give Earth Balance shortening a try : )

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      Julianne Gentile 3 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      I haven't made applesauce in many years. That pie recipe looks delicious and vegan! I prefer Earth Balance shortening to Crisco, however. Have you tried it?

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      It's good to know new apple dishes. They look very delicious.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great post. Apples are so versatile, but there's nothing like the taste of cooked apples with cinnamon

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Apples are my favorite! I mix my applesauce with cottage cheese - it looks terrible but tastes wonderful.

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      Alana-r 5 years ago

      Really nice recipe, thanks so much for sharing!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Love apple anything, including applesauce but only if it is homemade!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Love apple anything, including applesauce but only if it is homemade!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I go NUTS over all kinds of Wonderful APPLES!...Gala, Ida Reds, golden/red delicious, granny name it! I always throw in a few pears into my applesauce recipe,as it is the perfect compliment to apples,in addition to 1-2 tsp.pure vanilla extract, YUM!. When I have a little "leftover" reisling, I splash my apples w/some and then steam them (pears) in the delicious wine/water broth...O-M-G!!!

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      I love your apple pie :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Apple pie is one of my comfort food.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Apple desserts are the best. Apple pie is my favorite...your recipe looks perfect.

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      IncomeFromHomeT 5 years ago

      There is nothing better than apple crisp or apple brown betty! One trick I use is to buy the nutmeg in whole form and grate it myself, it makes a world of difference! The flavor stays stronger longer that way too, I'll never buy grated nutmeg again. And I do add a bit of nutmeg into any apple recipe, including my apple sauce.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I just made homemade applesauce for the first time this year - it was so much better than store bought!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I love homemade applesauce, pies and apple crisp. Anything homemade is better than buying from a store.

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      oztoo lm 5 years ago

      I love apple pie and apple sauce so i'll have to try your recipes. Also think I'll try that easy apple cake recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      HomeschooledKid1 5 years ago

      I love apples! These recipes look great! (I think I'm going to try making apple pie for thanksgiving!)

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      bigjara lm 5 years ago

      Love apples, don't like apple sause or pie though : (