Spiced Applesauce

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 cups

Try something new and tasty with yogurt, ice cream, pound cake, or oatmeal.


  • 4 pounds apples, such as McIntosh, Gala, and Braeburn

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 3 tablespoons dark-brown sugar (optional)


  1. Peel, core, and slice apples.

  2. In a large pot, bring apples, lemon juice, spices, and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer until apples are very soft and falling apart, 25 to 30 minutes.

  3. Mash with a potato masher or pulse in a food processor until smooth with small chunks remaining. (Add sugar, if using.)

  4. Let cool, then transfer applesauce to airtight containers.

Cook's Notes

Refrigerate applesauce up to 5 days, or freeze up to 2 months.

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