Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter will make your entire house smell like Autumn. It also makes a great gift for the holidays, or a hostess gift at Thanksgiving. YUMMO!

Slow Cooker Apple Butter will give you the most delicious apple butter in the easiest way possible. You'll love this!

Autumn is my favorite season of the year. I am a lover of all things fall – the leaves and pumpkins, cozy sweaters and Ugg boots, a roaring fire with a good book and a plate of my No Bake Cookies, I adore it all – especially apple season.

A neighboring city hosts an Apple Butter Festival every October. It’s full of holiday crafts, historical reenactments, and of course, amazing food. Although I love meandering through the aisles of vendors, I really go for two very important reasons: caramel slathered apples and homemade apple butter.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter will be your favorite "set it and forget it" recipe of the season. So easy!

Unfortunately, I’ve missed this festival two years in a row – last year because I was in San Francisco and this year because I simply forgot about it. I sulked for a hot minute, but decided that I’d get my yearly apple butter fix by making my own.

At first I was little bit intimidated by the whole homemade fruit butter thing, but really it could not have been easier thanks to my apple peeler and slow cooker. The peeler allowed me to peel, core, and slice 6 1/2 pounds of apples in a matter of minutes. I tossed everything into the slow cooker, set the timer for 10 hours and went about my day.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter gives you amazing apple butter for bread, biscusits, and just about anything else. Fantastic!

The autumnal scents of apples, cinnamon and vanilla wafted around the whole place for an entire day, which improved my mood immensely. I’ll tell you – if you’re having a rough day, just make some apple butter. It’s impossible not to feel at ease with the entire world and people in it when you’ve got these scents enveloping you each time you walk in and out of your kitchen.

I let the apples simmer away for the allotted 10 hours, and in the meantime made chili, cornbread, and even prepped my jars for gift giving. It really is the perfect way to spend a fall Saturday, I’ll tell you that for free.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter couldn't be easier. The slow cooker does all the work!

The result was a delicious, velvety smooth apple butter that definitely rivals any of the jars that I’ve purchased at the Apple Butter Festival and the best part is – I made it myself!

You can customize this apple butter by using different types of apples (a mix would be glorious!), apple pie spice or even pumpkin pie spice instead of the blend I have here, and you could even try Mexican vanilla instead of Madagascar. It’s really easy to make it your own, and I know your family will love slathering it on toast all year long.

I’ve been told you can preserve this recipe through canning, though I haven’t tried it myself. I’d love to know if you’ve tried!

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Yield: 4 pints

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 hours

Ingredients:

  • 6 1/2 pounds apples - peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well.
  2. Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
  3. Uncover, stir in vanilla and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours.
  4. Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until smooth.
  5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze.
  6. Serve on breads, muffins, pork chops or just eat it with a spoon.

Notes:

  • I used a combination of Granny Smith, Fuji and Honey Crisp apples for this recipe.
  • The sweetness of your apples will depend on how much sugar you will need to add. Adjust according to your apples and preferences.
  • I have not canned this recipe.
My Baking Addiction adapted from allrecipes

276 Responses to “Slow Cooker Apple Butter”

  1. Caren — November 1, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Why don’t you just say how many cups of peeled and sliced apples you use.  It would make for an easier recipe to follow.  Thank you.  

    • Jamie — November 2nd, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Hi, Caren! I’ve found that when I’m at the grocery store buying apples it’s easier for me to weigh the apples then and there and bring them home. Since the apples are cooked down, the weight is more important at the beginning stages than how many many cups of apples you have after peeling and slicing. Does this make sense? Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  2. Chandra Boggs — November 4, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Made this recipe last night. Turned out delicious and you are right. The warm smells emitting through the house were very comforting and inviting. One problem I had though was when I blended the apples it got very thin. Certainly not the thickness that I know Apple butter to be. Thought maybe when it cooled it would thicken but it didn’t. Any suggestions for future endeavor?

    • Jamie — November 8th, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Hi, Chandra! Maybe try cooking it a bit longer after you puree it to get rid of some of the extra juice? Let me know if you give it another try! Good luck!

  3. Maggie — November 6, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    How long will the jars keep in the frig tiil holiday gift giving time ?

    • Jamie — November 8th, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Hi, Maggie! I think the apple butter will last about two weeks in the refrigerator. I hope everyone enjoys their gift!

  4. Suzanne Duffey — November 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I have made this 3 times.  The first time was great.  The next two were too runny.  Any idea what I am doing wrong?  The taste is wonderful.

    • Jamie — November 8th, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Hi, Suzanne! Did you use the same kind of apples each time? I’m wondering if some of the apples had more juice than others. I’m glad the first time worked out! I hope you give it another go!

  5. Marge — November 6, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I want to try thisn I love apple butter.

    • Jamie — November 8th, 2016 at 11:11 am

      I hope you enjoy it, Marge!

  6. MollieS — November 8, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Can I get you to post the exact recipe for this? 
    Thank you
    Mollie

    • Jamie — November 8th, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Hi, Mollie! If you scroll to the bottom of the post, the exact recipe will be there. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  7. MollieS — November 8, 2016 at 6:49 am

    And can it be canned instead of being frozen?

    • Jamie — November 8th, 2016 at 11:10 am

      I have not tried canning this recipe, but I think it would probably work successfully. I hope you enjoy it, Mollie!

  8. Brent — November 8, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Just wondering if this can be canned and then put on the shelf and how long it would last for then

    • Jamie — November 16th, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Hi, Brent! I would eat the apple butter within the year. I hope you enjoy it!

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