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Crock Pot Apple Butter

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This easy Apple Butter recipe made in the crockpot or slow cooker is the perfect way to use apples if you’re planning on going apple picking in the fall!

This easy Apple Butter recipe made in the slow cooker is the perfect way to use apples if you're planning on going apple picking in the fall!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.

This easy Apple Butter recipe made in the slow cooker is the perfect way to use apples if you're planning on going apple picking in the fall!

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!

  1. Start with sweet red apples, I like to use a variety such as honeycrisp, gala, ambrosia, then peel, core and finely dice.
  2. Transfer to the crock pot then top with sugars and spices, here I use cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
  3. Cover and slow cook about 10 hours until the apples turn dark brown.
  4. Use an immersion blender and blend until smooth.
  5. 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!

Variations:

  • 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.

This easy Apple Butter recipe made in the slow cooker is the perfect way to use apples if you're planning on going apple picking in the fall!
Apple season is here, and if you're planning on doing some apple picking this Fall then making this Crockpot apple butter is a must!

Apple season is here, and if you're planning on doing some apple picking this Fall then making this Crockpot apple butter is a must!

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Crock Pot Apple Butter

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Cals:37
Carbs:11
This easy Apple Butter recipe made in the crock pot is the perfect way to use apples if you're planning on going apple picking in the fall!
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Apple Butter recipe
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 7 hrs
Total: 7 hrs 10 mins
Yield: 32 servings
Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 Tablespoon, Calories: 37 kcal, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Sodium: 1 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 9 g

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338 comments on “Crock Pot Apple Butter”

  1. My sisters and I went yesterday to pick 1/2 bushel of apples so we used a mix of cortland apples and honeycrisp. It came out amazing!!! Thank you so much for the recipe. I will probably make this 10 more times this fall. We made fresh biscuits to go with it….to die for.

    1. My sisters and I went yesterday to pick 1/2 bushel of apples so we used a mix of cortland apples and honeycrisp. It came out amazing!!! Thank you so much for the recipe. I will probably make this 10 more times this fall. We made fresh biscuits to go with it….to die for.

  2. I love my crockpot but just got an instant pot. Have lots of apples to make into apple butter for gifts. Is there a way to work this recipe to use my instant pot? Thank you! 

  3. I made a double batch of this recipe using a combination of Fuji and Golden Delicious apples, and the taste is outstanding! I was a little wary of trying a double batch, since some recipes don’t turn out as well when doubled. But this one turned out great! BTW, I used a 6-quart Crock Pot.

  4. I made this today after seeing the video on Facebook. This apple butter tastes just like the apple butter I had last year in upstate NY. So good warm with ice cream! (I had to test it, right?) Then when it cooled it was even better and more flavorful! It’s addictive! I used Ambrosia, Gala, and Fuji apples. My husband also loves it!

  5. Has anyone tried canning this to make it last longer in storage? Thinking about making for Christmas gifts and want to get an early start!

    1. I do my canning in boiling water after sterilizing the jars and the lids and it can last up to 6 months if unopened.

  6. I made this today using red delicious apples and it turned out great. Reminds me of my grandma’s apple butter! I cooked it 5 hours, put it in blender and it was thick to my liking so I didn’t cook it any longer.
    Thank you for a great recipe!

  7. This apple butter is my go to. I use different apples, and have played with other spices (a touch of ginger, dash of cloves) but often stick with the basics here. I add a squeeze of lemon to counter the sweetness and a touch of salt. I’ve jarred this for Christmas presents this year, perfect as a side with “fancy” English Muffins as a gift! One of my favorite uses for this is to add to mashed sweet potatoes. To make it almost dessert like, you can put in a casserole dish, and make a light streusal topping (1/3 c.up flour, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1/8 tsp salt, mix , then mix in 2 TBS melted butter, bake til heated thru, 350° approx 20 min, sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped pecans if desired ) Not exactly “skinny” but a nice addition to a holiday table.

  8. I am using three different types of apples to make it. I have I think a 7 quart pot and I just fill it to the rim. Cook it for 8hrs on high then add all my ingredients and cook until it thickens up. About 4 more hrs on low. I adjust the ingredients as needed at the end. I like it thick. I made 48 pints and gave them out as gifts and everyone wanted the recipe. I use more ingredients then most recipes I have found so far call for. I just like mine rich in flavor. Cinnamon mostly! This is only my second year making apple butter.  Does it really matter how long it cooks as long as it is cooked down to a creamy texture? 

  9. I recently discovered Apple butter, and I really love it. Is it possible to use the same recipe with pears?

  10. This is the first recipe for apple butter that comes up on a search…which is good because it is the only one I will ever need. The whole family loves it!
    I did add just a little vanilla and a dash of bourbon.
    ????