I don’t usually follow a recipe, but wrote one down this time so I could share. The amount of sugar used will depend on the type of apples used. I have cooked these for years with apples we have leftover, and are on their way to the compost pile… ripe but not quite there. These remind me of the apples served at Cracker Barrel, everyone loves them especially the little ones.  On the menu for Thanksgiving this year just for Quincy, my little apple lovin’ nephew.

1 pound apples (preferably tart), peeled and cored and cut into slices

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons granulated or light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired

In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When butter is bubbly, add the sliced apples into the pan and stir until they are coated with butter. Let them cook a couple of minutes, stirring gently and then add the sugar and cinnamon which has been mixed together. Cover pan with a lid and cook for about 5 minutes. Check apples as they cook rather quickly this way. When the apples are tender, uncover and cook until the juices are thick and bubbly. If there isn’t as much syrup as you would like, you may add 1 tablespoon of water to the skillet after you remove the lid, and continue cooking until thickened. Don’t stir too much at this point or the apples will fall apart. Total cooking time will depend on the amount of apples you are cooking. These were done in 10 minutes, but a large pan full will take a bit longer. Remove apples to a serving dish. Enjoy!

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