Chunky Applesauce Recipe
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Chunky Applesauce Recipe

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There's just something extra special about homemade applesauce. This simple recipe is tart and not too sweet. It makes the perfect side dish, especially with pork chops or a pork roast. —Deborah Amrine, Grand Haven, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 8 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 157 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Mash apples slightly if desired. Serve warm or cold. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Chunky Applesauce in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p37

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Nancy User ID: 759663 265828
Reviewed May. 10, 2017

"I haven't used store-bought applesauce in years. We have a Gravenstein tree in our front yard; when that's not in season, I use Honey Crisp or Granny Smith--we like it fairly tart. Love the vanilla, and I also throw in a pat of butter and a bit of apple juice (makes it smoother) and a teaspoon or so of apple brandy or apple schnapps. But I've never tried brown sugar, only white sugar, and will definitely do so next batch."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 261316
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017

"Great flavor! It was quite sweet so I may cut back on either the vanilla or use less brown sugar."

PageRD User ID: 5881442 255510
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

"This was delicious and made my home smell wonderful while it was cooking! I thought the vanilla was a little overwhelming so I would probably cut this down or leave it out next time."

cmfogs User ID: 1067081 237848
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"So good and easy. Easily the best homemade applesauce I've made."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 220054
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Love, love, love the addition of the vanilla. I would never have thought about putting vanilla in applesauce, but it just adds that something special."

pvisaya User ID: 3715652 393
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"Best applesauce ever! I agree with the previous reviewer that the vanilla gives it an extra special flavor. My apples were sweet, so I added lemon juice and cut back on the sugar. Yum


seasons4 User ID: 978190 971
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"Delicious! Maybe a little strong vanilla taste, but definitely a keeper!"

lbroadh2o User ID: 7201056 1636
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"The vanilla adds a different flavor than normal. I also cut back to about 2/3 of the sugar listed. I will be making more. My apple tree is in full bloom so I need to use them up."

NanZim User ID: 3929200 1013
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"This is my favorite go to recipe for homemade applesauce."

slemar User ID: 4443127 1525
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"My family LOVED this recipe!"

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