Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe
Apple butter is a concentrated version of apple sauce (like a spreadable apple pie) produced by long, slow cooking of apples to a point where the sugar in the apples caramelizes, turning the apple butter a deep brown, thick apple preserve. This homemade crock pot apple butter recipe is similar to making my Crock Pot Apple Sauce, only more concentrated. The slow cooker is the easiest way to make this, and your kitchen will smell like fall!! I love adding it to my oatmeal, or yogurt, or I just spread it on toast.
If you’ve gone apple picking and have an overabundance of apples, this fruit butter recipe is for you! I actually hosted an event a few years ago where I gave out samples, and everyone wanted to buy it! Of course, you all know I don’t sell food, just provide the recipes so you can all make it yourself. And it’s so easy to make in the slow cooker, perfect for the fall.
What is Apple Butter?
Apple butter is like a thick, spreadable apple pie. It’s great on toast, stirred into your oatmeal or overnight oats, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese, served over pancakes or biscuits, graham crackers, etc. It’s also great on savory dishes such as roast pork, turkey sandwiches, etc.
Best apples to use when making apple butter in the crock pot:
You can use any apples here. I usually like to use a blend of sweet apples such as honey crisp, gala and ambrosia apples.
How To Make Apple Butter in the Crock Pot:
Making apple butter in the crock pot is the easiest method because it’s completely hands off. No stirring or attending to it and it comes out perfect!
- Start with sweet red apples, I like to use a variety such as honeycrisp, gala, ambrosia, then peel, core and finely dice.
- Transfer to the crock pot then top with sugars and spices, here I use cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
- Cover and slow cook about 10 hours until the apples turn dark brown.
- Use an immersion blender and blend until smooth.
- Transfer to jars and refrigerate.
Ways to Enjoy Apple Butter:
- Add it to your morning oatmeal
- Top your toast with it
- Swirl some into your yogurt
- Eat it with a spoon!
- Try leaving half of the apples with apple peels. You’ll keep the nutrition and realize that when blended, you can’t taste the peel at all.
- Swap half of the apples with pears.
- Play around with different sweeteners like maple syrup or honey.
How Long Will Crock Pot Apple Butter Last?
Fruit butter lasts a long time in the refrigerator, at least one month if not longer because of it’s high sugar content.
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Crock Pot Apple Butter
- 6 large apples, peeled, cored, finely chopped (honeycrisp, gala, ambrosia)
- 1/3 cup raw sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, not packed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- Place the apples in a slow cooker. Top with sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg and mix well.
- Cover and cook high 5 hours, or low 10 hours, stirring once halfway, until the apples are tender and dark brown.
- Uncover and puree with an immersion blender.
- Cook on high uncovered 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
- Spoon into jars or containers, cover and refrigerate.