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Slow Cooker Apple Butter is full of warm flavor and spices. You only need a few ingredients and this homemade apple butter makes a great gift.

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Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe:

You will be amazed how easy it is to turn slice apples into homemade apple butter. The crock pot does all the work and your home will smell amazing. Apple butter taste amazing and has delicious warm flavors.

We love making batches of this to hand out as hostess gifts for the holidays. There is no need to spend money at the store buying the premade apple butter. Make it at home at a fraction of the cost.

This is a great recipe to stock up your freezer to have batches of it year round. This crock pot apple butter is delicious on toast, biscuits and pancakes. Make a batch today and enjoy all fall season long.

Apple butter in the slow cooker

What is Apple Butter?

Apple butter is not made with butter. It is actually similar to applesauce with a super concentrated texture. Apple butter is cooked longer than applesauce giving it that dark color and apple flavor.

Apple butter is a spread that is used to top many things. You can use it to top waffles, biscuits, toast, English Muffins and more.

It taste amazing and all you need is a few simple ingredients to make crockpot apple butter.

Apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, vanilla extract

Ingredients: 

Serves: 25 

  • Crisp Sweet Apples 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Ground Cinnamon 
  • Ground Nutmeg 
  • Ground Cloves 
  • Salt 
  • Vanilla Extract 

How to Make Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker: 

  • Step 1 – Prepare Apples – Peel, core and slice all the apples.  Then place them in the bottom of a slow cooker.  
  • Step 2 – Add Spices – Top the apples with the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.  Stir to combine all the ingredients. 
  • Step 3 – Slow Cooking – Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 5 hours. Stir the mixture halfway through the cook time. 
  • Step 4 – Cool Mixture – After the cook time, turn the crock pot off and let the mixture cool slightly. 
  • Step 5 – Puree the Apples – Then use an immersion blender to puree the mixture until smooth. You can also transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth.  
  • Step 6 – Serve and Enjoy – After pureed, stir in the vanilla extract.  Move the mixture into jars or an airtight container.  Then the apple butter is ready to enjoy. 
Apple butter spread on a piece of toast

How to Thicken Apple Butter:

When cooking apple butter in the slow cooker it may come out a little thin. This is because that there are apples that are juicer than others.

To thicken the sauce, allow the blended mixture to heat longer in the slow cooker. We recommend keeping the lid off and cook on high. Cook for about 45 minutes and this should thicken the sauce.

Apple butter in a mason jar

How to Make Apple Butter on the Stovetop:

If you prefer you can make apple butter on the stovetop. This is a quick and easy way to make your favorite spread.

  • Prepare the apples by washing, peeling and slicing.
  • Place apples in the dutch oven or large pot.
  • Add in spices to completely coat the apples.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer. Then cover and reduce heat and cook for about 20 minutes.
  • When the apples are soft, blend the apples with a blender.
  • Then cook on the stovetop for about an hour to allow the apple butter to thicken. Mix in the vanilla and serve.

What to Serve with Apple Butter?

Apple butter can be served with many delicious items. It would be delicious in a bowl on a snack tray or charcuterie board.

Here are favorite side dishes.

  • Toast
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Biscuits
  • English Muffins
  • Mix in your yogurt for amazing apple flavor.
  • Top your favorite ice cream.
  • Spread on your pork chops for a sweet and savory flavor.
Apple butter in a mason jar

What are the Best Apples to Use?

This apple butter can be made with many different apples. You can even mix different apples together to increase the flavor.

  • Cortland Apples
  • Golden Delicious
  • McIntosh
  • Honey Crisp
  • Granny Smith
  • Gala Apples
  • Fuji Apples

Recipe Tips:

  • Prepare Apples – Begin this recipe by wash, peeling and slicing the apples. Make sure to slice the apples in about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Combine Ingredients – When adding in the spices make sure to stir with the apples completely. This allows for the best flavor when the apples are cooking.
  • Cooking Apples – You can cook the apples on low or high. About half way through the cooking time, stir the mixture.
  • Cool Mixture – After cooking the apples, turn the crock pot off and allow to cool.
  • Blending the Ingredients – We recommend using a immersion blender to blend the ingredients. You can also use a hand mixer. Mix until mixture is smooth.
  • Serving – Once you have blended ingredients, serve on your favorite toast or biscuits. Store the leftovers in a mason jar and wrap up which makes the perfect gift.
Apple butter spread on a piece of toast on white plate

Variation Ideas:

  • Varieties of Apples – You can make this recipe with a variety of apples. Feel free to mix different types of apples together for amazing flavor.
  • Pound of Apples – Make sure to start with plenty of apples to make this apple butter. We typically use about 5 pounds of apples.
  • Sugar – We used brown sugar in this recipe, but you can also use granulated sugar.

Can I Freeze Apple Butter?

We like to double the recipe to be able to freeze it to enjoy all winter long. Once the apple butter is cooked and blended, store in a freezer safe container.

Make sure to leave about an inch on the top of the jar to allow for the apple butter to expand.

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the apple butter for up to 2 weeks. We think the apple butter taste even better the next days as the ingredients marinate together.

Print Recipe for Slow Cooker Apple Butter:

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

5 from 2 votes
Slow Cooker Apple Butter is full of warm flavor and spices. You only need a few ingredients and this homemade apple butter makes a great gift.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 25
Cuisine American
Course Sauces
Calories 83

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds Crisp Sweet Apples
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
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Instructions

  • Peel, core and slice all the apples.  Then place them in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Top the apples with the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.  Stir to combine all the ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 5 hours, stir the mixture halfway through the cook time.
  • After the cook time, turn the crock pot off and let the mixture cool slightly.
  • Then use an immersion blender to puree the mixture until smooth (or transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth).
  • After pureed, stir in the vanilla extract.  Move the mixture into jars or an airtight container.  Then the apple butter is ready to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the apple butter for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 83kcal, Carbohydrates 22g, Protein 0.3g, Fat 0.2g, Saturated Fat 0.04g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.05g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g, Sodium 27mg, Potassium 111mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 18g, Vitamin A 50IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 16mg, Iron 0.2mg

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