Wash and peel 6 large Shenot cooking apples. Cut the apples into wedges or slice. Place the apples in a pan with about 1/2 inch of water on the bottom. Cover. Bring the water to a boil and then lower the heat to “medium”. After about 10 minutes, remove the lid and mash the apples with a potato masher. Add sugar to taste, approximately 1/2 cup. Season with cinnamon if desired. If you prefer a smoother sauce, after the apples have cooked they may be put through a food mill and then add the sugar. Some people prefer to use a stick hand blender.
Wash and core as many apples as you need to serve. Place in a baking dish. Fill center of each apple with sugar, place a thin pat of butter on top of each apple and sprinkle with cinnamon. Pour in only enough water to cover the bottom of the baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the apples are tender.