How to Make Apple Syrup

5 from 4 votes

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Learn how to make apple syrup to dress up your pancakes, French toast, or any other breakfast item you enjoy with homemade syrup.

This apple syrup is made with apple juice, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and applesauce. The perfect recipe to make and have in the fridge ready for breakfast.

apple crips syrup ready
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This delicious recipe takes under 30 minutes to whip up and have on hand. Make it in advance so all you have to do is warm it up and pour!

We love real maple syrup but the taste of sweet fall apples just hits different.

For more apple treats, try these mini cinnamon roll apple pies that are simple to make and perfectly paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or whip up an apple cider cake, which uses fresh apple cider.

This Apple Syrup Recipe Is…

  • Sweet Apple Syrup
  • Homemade Pancake Syrup
  • Quick to Make
  • Great Treat for Apple Season
  • Great Idea for Fall
  • Simple Pantry Ingredients
  • Stores Well

Ingredients Needed

apple syrup ingredients

Concentrated Apple Juice – So you will want to use concentrated apple juice that is frozen. Make sure to thaw it in advance.

Dark Brown Sugar – The dark brown sugar really richens this apple brown sugar syrup.

Unsweetened Applesauce – Now you could use a cinnamon apple sauce if you want, but the unsweetened works great as there is sugar in the homemade syrup recipe already.

Ground Cinnamon – Now I used ground cinnamon but you could use a couple cinnamon sticks that you remove once it is done cooking if you want.

Nutmeg – Nutmeg paired with apple really works well together. I think you will love it added into the syrup.

How to Make This Syrup

Full directions on how to make this homemade syrup are in the printable recipe card. This is a quick walk through on this recipe.

Step 1: Add all your ingredients into a medium saucepan. Then bring the mixture to a boil on medium heat to medium-high heat.

boil ingredients in saucepan and reduce

Step 2: Next once the mixture boils, then lower to a simmer and stir often allowing it to cook as directed.

Step 3: Pour the syrup into a mason jar or airtight container and let it cool. Then refrigerate your syrup.

Then you can warm up the syrup and serve warm, or serve it chilled. As the syrup sets it will thicken, and be similar to the consistency of a corn syrup or a bit thinner.

apple syrup in jar

Storing Leftovers

This syrup can store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Then when you want you can allow it to get to room temperature or warm it up in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove.

Either will work great if you enjoy warm syrup.

Common Questions

Can I use apple cider instead of apple juice?

Yes you sure can. If you want swap out the apple juice with your favorite apple cider. Now, you will find that it will alter the flavor but it will still offer that delicious apple flavor.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes go right ahead and make a double batch if you want. This is a great way to whip up a bunch of syrup to have on hand, or gift to loved ones this fall season!

Can I add fresh apples into the syrup?

If you wanted you could peel some apples and dice up and toss into the mixture. Then right before you are done, you will want to strain the syrup their a sieve to remove the leftover apple scraps. The smaller pieces might fall through but it gives tons of flavor to the finished syrup. Or leave them in and pour over some homemade biscuits.

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Apple Crisp Syrup

5 from 4 votes
Easy to make and delicious, this apple syrup will be great this fall on everything from pancakes to apple crisp.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 8 servings (1/4 cup each)


  • 1 cup concentrated apple juice, thawed (120 ml)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, 100g
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce, 15 ml
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Add ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat
  • Once boiling, drop to low and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Pour syrup into a container and let cool.


Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container and enjoy for several weeks.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 124kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 0.1g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 76mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American

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1 Comment

  1. 5 stars
    A+++ Mmmmm this is soo good. I didn’t add the applesauce and used fresh apple juice because the harvest was plentiful this year. I simmered for 2 hours until it reduced to 1/3 the original amount and was nice and thick. Loved the addition of vanilla. I have been adding a splash to my nightly cup of tea.
    Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe.