Slow Cooker Boozy Applesauce

November 29, 2019

Give homemade applesauce an extra boost of flavor with this Slow Cooker Boozy Applesauce recipe made with whiskey, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon!

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Today is the day!  Yes, it’s the day after Thanksgiving.  Yes, it’s Black Friday.  But it’s also the day that I drop everything and spend a good portion of my morning – and, most likely, afternoon – decorating our Christmas tree.  Last week, I started breaking out the Christmas decorations, but I always save the day after Thanksgiving for our tree.

Decorating can be exhausting!  And the only thing I really want to do after a day of decorating is sit down with a glass of boozy eggnog and a good Christmas movie.  So I usually plan a meal in the slow cooker, or order a pizza, I can be as lazy as possible and just enjoy the glow of our Christmas tree!  Just keeping it real!

And speaking of our slow cooker – and booze – I recently made a boozy applesauce that was absolutely, could-eat-it-by-the-spoon delicious!  I made it with whiskey since we’ve ended up with a small stash in our basement.  I’m not much of a whiskey drinker (unless it’s in eggnog).  But I like to use it in marinades or when I feel like spoiling my husband with Chocolate Pecan Pie.

A boozy applesauce that’s full of rich flavor!

In my efforts to use up some of the whiskey we have, I’ve been trying to find recipes to use it in.  Turns out, it’s pretty darn good in applesauce!

A lot of homemade applesauce recipes call for granulated sugar.  But I used light brown sugar.  The mixture of brown sugar and whiskey gives this applesauce a richer flavor that’s slightly caramel-like.  Stir in some cinnamon and vanilla and boom!  You’ve got yourself an amazing, homemade applesauce that you’ll want to put on everything!

Slow Cooker Boozy Applesauce

Slow Cooker Boozy Applesauce


  • 6-8 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. whiskey
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon


  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir.  
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.  
  3. When the apples are ready, they will easily mash with a potato masher.  
  4. Turn off the slow cooker and allow the applesauce to cool slightly.
  5. Then, spoon the applesauce into a jar and store in the fridge.
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This recipe made enough for one pint mason jar of applesauce.  This applesauce is awesome served alongside pork chops or pork loin.  It would also be delicious stirred into your morning oatmeal!

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  • Reply Lucy November 30, 2019 at 4:25 AM

    Brown sugar is always the way to go with apples!! Love this I’ll be making some soon.

    • Reply Jessica November 30, 2019 at 4:34 PM

      I 100% agree! Brown sugar and apples with a little cinnamon is a perfect combo! Let me know what you think about this recipe! 🙂

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