Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce is ideal for using in recipes and doubles as a delicious snack for the kiddos. I use it in muffin recipes, on top of pancakes, poured over ice cream, and even plain by itself. When it is slow cooking, my house is permeated by a warm cinnamon apple scent that rivals any Yankee Candle Shop! I also love to make large batches of the applesauce and can them. I can stock my pantry or give them away as gifts during the holiday season. It is never a bad thing to have a few of these applesauce jars! And being apple season, you might like to stock up on apples and save this recipe!
Start with 9 medium Granny Smith apples that have been peeled, cored, and cut into chunks. You can use any type of apple, but I think Granny Smith are the best because they are tart and not as grainy as some other kinds. Leave the chunks on the large side since they will cook down quite a bit in the slow cooker.
In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Then add in 1/4 teaspoon each of nutmeg and ground cloves.
Mix that all together and pour it over the apples. Toss the apples so that all surfaces are thoroughly coated.
Pour the apples into the Crockpot with 1 cup of water and cover.
Cook on LOW for 6 hours.
When finished, use a potato masher to mash the remaining chunks of apples until they reach your desired amount of thickness. I barely mashed mine because they had cooked down so much already. I like my applesauce chunky anyway.
Now scoop it into a ramekin and have a delicious afternoon snack! Better yet, save it to top your vanilla ice cream or to pour over your morning pancakes. I have even used this applesauce as a substitute for oil in some muffin recipes. They come out moist and flavorful!
If you want to make large batches of this cinnamon applesauce to stock your pantry or to give away as gifts this holiday season, you can use the water bath method to can the applesauce. Simply pour the applesauce into pint sized glass jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Seal the lid snugly but not too tight. Submerge the jars in boiling water so that there is at least 1 inch of space between the top of the jar and the water height. Boil for 20 minutes and then remove the jars and let them cool completely. If you live at a higher altitude, see Simply Canning’s altitude chart for adjustments.
If I am using the applesauce as a side dish, I often pair it with something light like this Grilled Chicken Artichoke Salad. It’s splendid with pork chops as well! If you need more dinner or side dish ideas, please visit my Recipe Index or my numerous Pinterest boards. Happy Cooking y’all!
- 9 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut in large chunks
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp cloves
- Peel, core, and cut apples.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar and spices.
- Pour the sugar mixture over the apples and toss to coat.
- Pour the apples into the Crockpot with the water.
- Cook on LOW for 6 hours.
- Mash to desired thickness.
- Serve warm, cold, or processed in jars using the water bath method.