Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce Recipe
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Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce Recipe

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Here's a comforting, home-style treat that never loses its appeal. Dish up big bowlfuls and wait for the smiles! —Marilee Cardinal, Burlington, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 7 medium McIntosh, Empire or other apples (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 139 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 36g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Peel, core and cut each apple into eight wedges. Cut each wedge crosswise in half; place in a large saucepan. Add remaining ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Yield: 5 cups.
Originally published as Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce in Taste of Home September/October 2015, p39

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Celia6680 User ID: 8897100 255825
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"I used Cortland apples, love these for pies but never used for applesauce. I added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to mixture. The applesauce was quick and easy and tasted wonderful. I used 7 apples so plenty leftover since just my husband and me."

hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 248830
Reviewed May. 30, 2016

"Super easy, love the flavor. Added a touch of cinnamon also."

teachershirl User ID: 6365761 245587
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"This deserves it's name "easy!" I have made this several times and there is no doubt that this is far more delicious than the store-bought kind. I did have to cook the apples several minutes longer than the recipe calls for. The first time I made it, I used vanilla extract and felt that it added a very odd flavor. Perhaps the almond would be better, but I actually think it's great without anything else added. I'm sure a bit of cinnamon would be very good, though. This is so fast and easy to make that I won't be buying much applesauce at the grocery store anymore."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 231589
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"Delish! My apples had to cook a bit longer than 20 minutes to get to the right consistency. Very good. I added a sprinkle of cinnamon at the end but not much needed as the vanilla added an interesting flavor."

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