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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 in the slow cooker.

WHAT IS APPLE BUTTER?

If you have never had apple butter before, you might be confused by the name.

No, it’s not apple-flavored butter. That would be weird. There’s actually no butter in apple butter at all.

Apple butter is basically just super concentrated, super smooth applesauce. It’s cooked for longer, which gives it that caramelized color and rich apple flavor, but the ingredients are nearly identical.

Apple butter is not just perfect on your morning toast or served on Potato Rolls at Thanksgiving, you can even bake with it.

Try subbing in Slow Cooker Apple Butter in place of jam or another fruit filling in crumb bars, such as in my Peach Crumb Bars recipe.

HOW TO MAKE APPLE BUTTER IN A CROCK POT

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 slow cooker 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!

If you don’t have 10 hours on hand to let the apple butter simmer, don’t worry – I also have a recipe for Instant Pot Apple Butter!

BEST APPLES FOR APPLE BUTTER

Really you can use any apples you happen to have on hand for apple butter.

Generally speaking, softer varieties of apples such as Fuji, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, or Jonagold work better since they cook down faster.

I used a mix of Granny Smith, Fuji and Honeycrisp in my apple butter, and even the crisper varieties broke down well for a smooth apple butter.

The real key is to use a mix of apples to get the best flavor. You can even customize your Slow Cooker Apple butter by using apple pie spice or even pumpkin pie spice instead of the blend I have here, and you could 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!

I hope you enjoy this slow cooker apple butter as much as we do.

What are your favorite fruit butter recipes? What should I try next?

Two small jars of apple butter stacked on top of each other on a wood table

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Yield: 4 pints
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 30 minutes

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!

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

Instructions

  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.

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Alicia Holifield

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

My family and I LOVE this recipe! I canned mine by doing a hot water bath with pints & half pints for 12 minutes. They turned out beautiful.

Jamie

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Thanks so much for stopping back and leaving your feedback, Alicia!

Paul

Saturday 19th of December 2020

I have made this recipe 5 times in the last month, I also can it works great. Only mistake I made was to give a couple jars to family and friends, that is the reason I have made this 5 time in a month, everyone calls me to make more. Even offering to buy all the ingredients to make a batch. I love apple butter will never buy for the store again. Thank you for the recipe.

Jamie

Saturday 19th of December 2020

Ha! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for stopping back and leaving your feedback. Happy Holidays to you and yours! -Jamie

Dave

Friday 18th of December 2020

If I can’t fit this many apples in my slow cooker how do you advise I do it? Take each batch through the entire recipe? Or slow cook one batch, store, slow cook the other, then blend both?

Jamie

Friday 18th of December 2020

I would probably half the recipe and make two batches. Hope this helps!

Jean Edwards

Monday 7th of December 2020

I have canned this recipe in pint jars. Just sterilize the jars fill them wile hot and put the lids on tightly. Every jar sealed. I got 7 pints out of this recipe.

Jamie

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Thanks for the tip, Jean! :)

Dixie Curtis

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

This was my first time making apple butter and I am so pleased with how it turned out. I did do a couple of things different and added less clove because I do not like much clove in apple butter and I pureed the apples about an hour into cooking and then again at the end. I reduced the recipe to 1/3rd.

I made that apple butter for our cheese and summer sausage plate because apple butter goes so well with it but after tasting it warm out of the crock pot I started to have concern we would eat it all just by the spoonful before its intended use. This recipe is a KEEPER!

Jamie

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed it! -Jamie

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