I went with The Pioneer Woman's recipe. Holy Cow, does she have a website! She also has a simple recipe that did not really mess up the kitchen. Bonus.
We decided not to peel the apples. I also cut the butter down to half a cup. It did not start to scent the house till the end, probably because the lid held it in. It does smell good.
It tastes good too. Simple and very good. The apples are cooked but not at all mushy. Look at it when it came out of the oven and then a few minutes later. It shrunk!
The other good news is that we are down to two full refrigerator drawers of apples. The end is in sight.