In 2-quart microwave-safe dish, combine apples and water. Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap; microwave on HIGH (100%) 12-14 minutes or until apples are tender. (If microwave does not have carousel, rotate dish every 4 minutes). Stir in sugar and choice of flavorings.
Microwave on HIGH 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Stir and set aside to cool before serving. If finer texture is desired, mash or puree apple mixture and put through a strainer.