This Baked Applesauce stands head and shoulders above anything from a jar! Warming cinnamon spice and a hint of vanilla are baked with apple chunks to create a sauce that smells as delicious as it tastes.
Once you you taste this homemade applesauce you’ll never want to go back to the store bought stuff.
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Until now, I always thought of applesauce as something that was just. . . fine. You know, I’d eat it, but I never thought of it as a food to be excited about.
This homemade BAKED Applesauce changed my mind.
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Why this Homemade Applesauce Recipe is Best
- Apple chunks. Unlike store bought versions, this sauce has some texture. The apple pieces hold their shape as this bakes, then melt in your mouth when you take a bite.
OR, you can use an immersion blender and make it completely smooth, too.
- Cinnamon and vanilla. This vanilla brings out the sweetness of the apple while the cinnamon adds a light spice.
- Easy to make. Most of the cooking time is hands off while the applesauce bakes.
- Your house will smell amazing. All the cozy aromas of apple and cinnamon fill your kitchen when you make this applesauce!
The aroma of baking apples reminds me falls when we lived in New England. We’d go apple picking then come home to turn our spoils into everything from apple butter to Apple Muffins. I may have gotten these particular apples from the store instead of a country orchard but they made me just as happy simmered into this perfect cinnamon applesauce.
What do I need?
Here’s what you need to make the BEST homemade applesauce.
So simple. So good.
What kind of apples are best?
I recommend using a combination of sweet and tart apples for best flavor. In my recipe, I use half Granny Smith and half Honey Crisp. Pink Lady and Fuji apples are other great choices for homemade applesauce.
Tips and Tricks
- Feel free to adjust the sugar to your taste. I find that this Baked Applesauce is on the sweeter side. For less sweetness, reduce the sugar by about 2 tablespoons.
- Use a potato masher to crush the apples after baking. You can make your applesauce as smooth or chunky as you like!
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy within 3 days. I think it tastes best served warm but leftovers are delicious cold as well.
We liked this apple sauce so much we enjoyed every last drop straight out of a bowl with a spoon. In the event you somehow end up with leftover baked applesauce, you can use it to make this Applesauce Cake or some Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies.
Love berries? This Cinnamon Blueberry Applesauce is another take on homemade applesauce that we love.
Grab an extra bag of apples for making more delicious desserts and side dishes with apple. My Apple Cream Pie recipe is perfect alternative to a traditional apple pie and tastes great cold the next day!
This Skillet Apple Crisp never gets old, no matter how many times I make it. I like mine with an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream or some fresh whipped cream. Meat lovers rave for my Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp variation!
If you need a great weekend breakfast that’s both impressive and easy, you can’t do better than my Caramel Apple French Toast Bake recipe. Although this German Pancake (aka Dutch Baby) is amazing too!
Make sure to check out all of the apple recipes on the blog:
- Apple Cinnamon Scones
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
- Apple Streusel Muffins
- Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread
- Caramel Apple Pound Cake
- Fried Apple Rings
- Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad
- Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Skillet Cookie
- Cinnamon Blueberry Applesauce
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Say goodbye to bland store bought applesauce and make this cinnamon spiced Baked Applesauce instead!
Large Mixing Bowl
2 1/2 qt. baking dish
- 8 apples I used 4 Granny Smith and 4 Honeycrisp
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Prepare a 2 1/2 quart baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well.
Peel, core and cut apples into slices.
Place apples into a large bowl.
Pour sugar mixture over apples and toss to coat.
Pour apples into prepared baking dish and cover with tin foil.
Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until apples are tender.
Uncover and use a potato masher to crush the apples.
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This post was originally published 11/13/11, and has been updated in format and with photos on 12/27/21.