In 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine apples and water. Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap; microwave on high (100%) 12 to 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.