Peel and core the apples. Chop into thin slices.
Place apples into a large pot.
Stir in remaining ingredients, making sure apples slices are evenly coated.
Cook apples over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft. Approximately 25-30 minutes. If the liquid cooks down too much, stir in additional apple cider, 1/4 cup at a time.
Using a potato masher, carefully mash the apples until they are no longer recognizable slices.
Stir the applesauce and continue cooking until desired consistency is reached.
Remove from heat and give the apples one final mash to break up any remaining larger chunks.
Cool and enjoy!