Thanksgiving Cinnamon Applesauce


Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Today I’d like to share an applesauce recipe I’ve been making at Thanksgiving for the past 11 years (starting in college).  It has become a staple on our family table, and my step-children look forward to having it again all year long.

I must admit, I complain every single year before I have to make it though.

Peeling and coring 18 apples isn’t exactly a party, but I seem to get more efficient at it as the years go by.  This morning, I tackled those apples while listening to Christmas music, and then I let the applesauce simmer while I worked out.

It was actually pretty fun!

And needless to say, my house smells absolutely incredible right now.


(I love to fill glass Ball jars with the applesauce and bring them to our relatives when we visit.)

Thanksgiving Cinnamon Applesauce

(Serves 14-16)

To give this applesauce an extra special flavor, try using a variety of apples.  This year, I used McIntosh, Fuji, and Granny Smith. 

Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Cook time: 50-60 minutes

18 McIntosh apples, (about 6 pounds), peeled, cored, and quartered
1 cup organic apple cider
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup pure cane sugar, or baking stevia
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine apples, apple cider, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, sugar, brown sugar, and lemon juice in a large, wide, heavy-bottomed saucepan.

Place the saucepan over medium heat, and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon to prevent scorching, until apples are broken down and saucy, about 50 to 60 minutes. Mash any large pieces of apple with a large wooden spoon to help them break down.

Remove the apple mixture from the heat, and let stand to cool completely before serving.  Applesauce can also be stored in an airtight container or glass jar for 2 to 3 days in refrigerator.


What are your plans for Thanksgiving?  Are you traveling to visit family or friends?  Michael and I really make the rounds on Thanksgiving day.  We visit his parents, my parents, and his adorable little grandmother.  It’s a lot of eating!  We’re really fortunate to live so close to our families though.  I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. 🙂

Have a very happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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  1. We will be one of those crazy couples heading to the airport bright and early tomorrow morning. When we lived back in the Midwest we would visit 3 or 4 family houses throughout the day, so we would eat lunch at one place, dinner at another and dessert at another. Have a Great Holiday:)

  2. This looks so amazing! This year will my husband and I’s first Thanksgiving away from our families (we moved to California from Virginia last month) but luckily we have some good friends out here to spend the day with 🙂

  3. Just read your about page and you seriously crack me up! I’m excited to read more:)

    • thegrassskirt

      I’m so glad that you find me to be entertaining and not nutso! And I’m glad that I didn’t scare you away. 🙂

  4. Homemade apple sauce is so delicious! I’m only familiar with my grandmother’s recipe, which calls for little more than Granny Smiths and white sugar, but I love the idea of adding spices, vanilla and different apple varieties to the mix. Do you usually serve this with dinner or eat it as dessert?

    Listening to Christmas music while cooking is one of my favorite holiday activities!


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