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Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce

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
    5 cups


  • 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


  • Peel, core and cut each apple into 8 wedges. Cut each wedge crosswise in half; place in a large saucepan. Add remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until desired consistency is reached, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 139 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 36g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Gregory
    Feb 15, 2020

    I used Fuji apples for this. I added ground cinnamon to taste. Used half of a vanilla bean pod and scraped the inside well. Dropped the pod in also as it cooked. I ended up using double the water and cooked about 40 minutes and made it a bit less chunky. The real vanilla bean made it very good.

  • Celia6680
    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
    May 30, 2016

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

  • teachershirl
    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
    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.