• Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: about 5 and 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


You will absolutely not believe how delicious homemade applesauce can be—and it’s sooo easy to make!


  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 and ½ cups sugar
  • tsp. ground allspice
  • tsp. ground cinnamon
  • tsp. salt
  • 2 and ½ lb. apples (about 5) (I like Jonathan, but you can use whatever kind you like best, or a combination of types)


  1. Zest and juice the lemon.
  2. Put the lemon zest, lemon juice, water, sugar, allspice, cinnamon, and salt in a pot.
  3. Peel and core the apples, then cut them into large chunks—add them to the pot as you go to keep them from browning.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  5. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the apples are very soft (6 to 8 minutes for softer, baking-type apples, and a little longer for more firm types).
  6. Remove from the heat and use a potato masher to mash the apples.
  7. Serve at room temperature or chill before serving (the applesauce will thicken slightly as it cools).