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cooked apples in a decorative bowl with spoon

Granny's Apples - Homemade Cooked Apples

Granny's Apples are delicious cooked apples on the stove in a sweet syrupy cinnamon sauce. Just the smell of them evokes the feeling of "home." This cooked apples recipe isn't one my normal Gourmet Done Skinny recipes (although healthier than some other recipes) but I've wanted to add them to my blog for a while now as they are one of our favorite family traditions around the holidays.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 quart apples peeled, cored and cut into quarters
  • 2 slices Meyer lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • Peel and cut apples into quarters. Remove seeds by making two diagonal cuts.
  • Combine sugar and water and bring to a boil.
  • Add apples, cover and cook slowly until syrup boils.
  • Continue cooking gently, press the apples down with a wooden spoon until they are tender and transparent looking (about 30 minutes).
  • Add cinnamon and thinly sliced lemon (if desired). Serve hot or cold.
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