Warm or chilled, this is a sweet and chunky applesauce full of spices and a perfect little bite of fall.

Hearty Spiced Applesauce

Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Sauces, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Sweet
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Nancy Mock
Warm or chilled, this is a sweet and chunky applesauce full of spices and a perfect little bite of fall. 
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  • 7 McIntosh apples, about 4-5 ounces each, washed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Have an 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish and a large bowl ready.
  • Peel the apples, and set the peels aside. Remove and discard the cores from the apples. Cut the apples into 1/2-inch thick slices. and place the slices into the bowl.
  • Add to the bowl the brown sugar, granulated sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir to thoroughly coat the apples with the sugar and spices.
  • Place the reserved apple peels into a food processor and process them until they are finely chopped. Add them to the mixture stir to combine them with the apple slices. Pour the mixture into the baking pan.
  • Bake the apples for about 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to keep the apples moist. Once the apples are soft and mash-able, remove the pan from oven.
  • Break down with a potato masher until you get a thick and hearty sauce. 
  • Stir the sauce through before serving. You can serve the sauce warm, at room temperature, or chilled. The cooled applesauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
    Makes about 1 pint


McIntosh apples are my favorite for making applesauce, but you can also experiment with your preferred varieties. McIntosh apples have a nice tartness... if you decide to go with a sweeter variety, adjust the sugar to suit your taste. 


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 84g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 14.7mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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