Crockpot Apple Butter

apple butter

Apple butter is one of the most comforting, delicious treats for the fall. It is a great quick breakfast on a biscuit, English muffin, or toast. This apple butter is too easy to make. All you have to do is throw the ingredients into your crock pot and let it cook all day. This recipe calls for sweet apples and a smaller amount of sugar than most recipes. The apple butter is spiced with allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The warm spices will delight your senses. This recipe is the best home fragrance. The aroma will fill your home with delicious apple and spice smells that will comfort your soul. Be sure to make a big batch of this, so you can jar the leftovers for later. This also makes the perfect gift, in a crystal jelly jar, tied with a pretty bow. If you have never canned before, its very easy. You just have to make sure everything is very clean. I have included instructions below. For this recipe, I used 4 Gala apples and 4 Macintosh apples, and I got 3 pint sized jars. In retrospect, I should have used enough apples to fill the crock pot, because we finished off half a jar this morning. Measuring is not crucial in this recipe. You fill your crock pot with sweet apples, add cider about 2/3 way up the apples, about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar per apple, or to taste, and spices to taste. Finish with a touch of salt to help bring out the flavors.

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Yield: Serves 4

Crockpot Apple Butter

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8 sweet apples, of any variety, peeled, cored, and chopped or sliced
2 cups apple cider, or apple juice
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt


Peel and core apples. Add to crock pot. Add cider, sugar and spices. Turn crock pot to high and bring to a bubble. Turn on low and cook for 6-8 hours. Stir the apples about every hour or two. Apple butter is done when it has a deep color, apples are cooked to pieces, and it has thickened.

You can jar the apple butter by purchasing canning jars, sterilizing them, and running them in a water bath.

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  26 Responses to “Crockpot Apple Butter”

  1. lululu — October 10, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

    wowow….such a healthy way to eat “butter”!!!
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  2. [email protected]'s Recipes — October 11, 2009 @ 12:06 am

    Sounds very cool…I have yet had anything like this.
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  3. Divina — October 11, 2009 @ 8:05 am

    Wow, that is awesome. We usually buy fuji apples but something from the States wouldn’t hurt our agriculture and the environment. That sounds comforting, sweet, homey, almost like Christmas-sy to me.
    .-= Divina´s last blog, My Serendipitous Notes {October 11, 2009} =-.

  4. The Gracious Pantry — October 11, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

    OMG! Thank you for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it. I’ve been looking for an apple butter recipe and you just can’t get any easier than the crock pot!

    I think I’ll try it with agave and see how it turns out. If you mix 1/4 molasses with 3/4 agave, it tastes just like brown sugar!

    I’ll let you know how it turns out.
    .-= The Gracious Pantry´s last blog, Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Baked Apple Recipe =-.

  5. Nicole — October 12, 2009 @ 6:49 am

    this looks so easy and delicious – i love how i learn things on blogs that I would have never thought to do! I have so many apples that I don’t know what to do with – this would be perfect! thanks 🙂
    .-= Nicole´s last blog, Cancer fighting Superfoods! =-.

  6. Reeni — October 12, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love how easy it is to make, using a crock-pot is a great idea!
    .-= Reeni´s last blog, Devilish Chocolate Cake =-.

  7. ann — October 12, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

    oh my gosh, apple butter reminds me of my aunt and my grandmother. It’s been years since I’ve had any. They used to make it themselves and the store bought stuff just isn’t the same. I think I may have to try this.
    .-= ann´s last blog, What happened? =-.

  8. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — October 12, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

    Mmm.. Apple butter sounds so good! A terrific recipe – I love all the spices you use here!
    .-= Natasha – 5 Star Foodie´s last blog, Apples 3 Ways =-.

  9. Nikki — October 13, 2009 @ 12:35 am

    yum! that sounds so good :o)

  10. Tangled Noodle — October 26, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

    Thank you for this marvelous recipe! My mother-in-law showed me how to can applesauce for the first time a couple of weeks ago and now I’m excited to continue. She told me how to cook the applesauce longer to get apple butter, but honestly, I like the sound of this crockpot version! Printing and saving this post right now . . . ! 8-D
    .-= Tangled Noodle´s last blog, Food by Friends: Give Recipe =-.

  11. redkathy — November 9, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

    Oh Yeah I found it. I never imagined how similar and simple, just like apple sauce! I must be very ‘apple sheltered’ lol Haven’t ever jarred on my own but I do remember grandma doing it. Thank you for the step by step instructions on that too!
    .-= redkathy´s last blog, My Homemade Applesauce Addiction =-.

  12. Jen — March 31, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

    Ahh apples… how I love thee 🙂

  13. Jennie Aye — September 4, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    For those that wanted my apple butter recipe, it's pretty much this

  14. Joelle — September 6, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    @kidsincapital yes! @really_life shared it with me: and today I learn the art of canning! #cancan

  15. Kids in the Capital — September 6, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing the apple butter recipe @Lavender_Salts @really_life It looks super easy!

  16. Pippin Fowler — September 11, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

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  17. Bryan — October 23, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    This is an awesome recipe. Have made it twice now and turns out great. Depending on apple size though the #’s vary for amount desired…about what weight of apples do you use?

    • Angie — October 23, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

      I don’t know the exact measurement, but close to 4 lbs, before they are cored. And thanks so much for your compliments, the sugar and spice amounts also depend on your personal taste.

  18. Cryssi — November 2, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

    This looks amazingly delicious! I’ll have to kidnap a crockpot for this.

    I was wondering if the apples really needed to be peeled, since they tend to be sweeter with the peel. Would it require less sugar, perhaps?

    I can’t wait to try this!

    • Angie — November 12, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

      I really don’t know the answer, maybe someone else does?

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  21. Paula — December 10, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    Love this recipe. I made one with the sugar ( love the idea of brown sugar) and one with out, both very good the one without sugar I added pears. I used Gala, Rome, Yellow Apples and then Bartlett Pears really ripe ones, also the Apple cider. MMmmm good. Jarring the Butter for gifts.

  22. wonky — January 24, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

    Je ne sais pas si vous avez remarqué, mes souvent, celles qui tiennent un blog de cuisine aux US sont un peu hot!

  23. Mary G — September 23, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    Just found this recipe…I’m new to Pinterest. Wondering if the apple butter could be frozen successfully rather than canned?? Anyone tried this before?

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