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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

4.96 from 42 votes
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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. Hi. I made this apple butter yesterday and it is so good! I had been gifted a whole bunch of Granny Smith’s so I diced them all up and threw them in my slow cooker. I think my slow cooker cooks fast cause after 3 hours those apples were soft and dark brown so I blended it then and left the lid off for about another hour on low stirring occasionally. I used 8 pretty large apples and added extra cinnamon because we love cinnamon. And it yielded me 6 small jars worth. Going to give a few as gifts and serve some for Christmas brunch. But it is so good that I will probably eat it often between now and then also. Thank you so much. I love your recipes!

  2. This is the best apple butter that I have ever had! Question: is this recipe suitable to can ( boiling water bath)?

  3. I haven’t made this yet, but would love to make it for Christmas gifts. I would like to send them to my family back home, but I noticed it says to refrigerate. Would it go bad if I send it and tell them to refrigerate it when they get it, or would I have to can it?

  4. This is one of my favourite recipes on this site. I use the apple butter for everything from oatmeal to toast. It is always delicious. At first, I added sugar to the recipe but when I use sweet apples it does not need any. Another great recipe on this site!

  5. 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.

  6. I’m so glad that yours was the recipe I decided to make. I doubled it, and added a bit more cinnamon. It turned out beautifully! I don’t know what kind of apples we have here on established trees. I used half green, half red. Lol. I never knew that I liked apple butter. I sure do now! Thanks for a great recipe.

  7. I substituted Stevia & Splenda brown sugar blend to reduce the calories & carbs. Canned them for later.  I hope there is no problems doing that. But for now, it’s perfect!

  8. So delicious. Brings back memories of all those wonderful childhood smells when I worked in the kitchen with my mother, a champion canner, freezer, baker…..who died 6 months ago. We spent many late summer nights together canning applesauce, tomato juice, beans, pears, peaches, and more. I’m still devastated that she is gone, but cooking makes me feel closer to her. Thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to slather this apple-y goodness on a piece of homemade bread tomorrow. Today I’ll just eat it by the spoonful.

  9. This recipe is DELICIOUS!!!   Just made some today with a variety of apples.  Will be making more.  Thank you. 🥰🍁

  10. This is so delicious I made a small batch yesterday and I doubled it today to make more for friends 😋 Thankyou
    Dallis312

  11. This recipe worked really well! I slow cooked the apple butter (first round) for 3-4hrs, rather than 5, and it still puréed really well.
    The apple butter turned out really deliciously and everyone loved it. It’s nice to eat on bread, toast, by itself, and I’m yet to find out what else it’s good with! Highly recommend 😉

  12. It’s seem to be really good. Can we change the type of sugar? like maple syrup. Do you know what quantity should I use if you think maple syrup will be fine.
    Thanks a lot!

  13. Very easy and tasty! I coarsely chopped the apples to save time instead of finely chopping and it still turned out great. Doubled the recipe to freeze half of it so we’ll have on hand for the holidays. Delicious topping for oatmeal! Should have quadrupled the recipe for gifts.

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    Deborah waller

    I made this and it taste wonderful!! It is smooth and sweet with all the spicey tate of fall..so healthy and good for my entire family.thank you for your wonderful recipes…

  15. This was so easy, and sooo good.  I only got 2 –  8 oz jars.  Next time, I will double the recipe.  I am going to make some for Christmas gifts.