Easy Homemade Apple Butter

This Easy Crockpot Apple Butter is so simple and cooks overnight in your crockpot! It’s creamy and sweet and a healthier alternative to jams and jellies.

A jar filled with crockpot apple butter.

There is just something about the taste of apple butter that screams fall to me. Fall is my favorite season. I love the cool crisp air, flannel shirts, football and home cooked food. I am sharing a recipe that is sure to make your mouth water and your family will be begging for more. My Easy Homemade Apple Butter recipe is a hit in our home!

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HOW TO MAKE APPLE BUTTER IN THE CROCKPOT

Crocpot apple butter spread onto an english muffin.

This apple butter recipe is so easy to make! Start by chopping a 5 pound bag of apples. The best apples to use for this recipe are Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji, McIntosh or Winesap as they are softer, meatier apples. You can also use Granny Smith for a more tart flavor like we did, or yellow delicious for a more mild sweetness. The best part about this recipe, is that there is no apple peeling needed. Yes, you read that correctly. You will leave the apple peel on. Peeling apples is usually why most people don’t even want to bother with making homemade apple butter. But not this recipe. Because the skin is the most nutritional part of the apple, keeping it on is a win win.

Since this crockpot apple butter needs about 10 hours on low for cooking (I don’t recommend the high setting as the sugars can burn), the apple butter cooks overnight in your slow cooker so your entire house is filled with the smell of apples and cinnamon when you wake up. YUM!

Apple butter spread onto an english muffin.

WHAT IS APPLE BUTTER USED FOR?

Apple butter is basically a condensed applesauce that is thick and spreadable and so delicious. It’s perfect for spreading on toast or English muffins, or any other type of bread or cracker. Since it can be stored for a while in the fridge, apple butter also makes a great holiday gift. You can also make these as cute gifts for friends and family any time of the year because everyone will love them. This batch of apple butter will fill about four half pint jars. Perfect size for sharing. And trust me this is gift anyone would love to receive!

A jar of crockpot apple butter | Apple butter recipe

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Easy Homemade Apple Butter

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs
Total Time 10 hrs 10 mins
Servings 4 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 10 - 12 Medium Apples approximately 5 pounds, cored and chopped. (Leave the skins on the apples)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Add chopped apples to a crockpot.
  • In a medium size bowl combine sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, ground cloves, salt, ground nutmeg, vanilla extract.
  • Pour the sugar mixture over the chopped apples in the crockpot and stir until well coated.
  • Cover with lid and cook on low for 10 hours.
  • Puree the apple mixture with an immersion blender or a in counter-top blender until smooth. 
  • Once the apple butter is smooth and cool, store in mason jars or an air tight jar. Store in refrigerator for up to one month or freezer for up to one year.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature on rolls, biscuits, engligh muffins, toast or crackers!

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Easy homemade Apple Butter

easy homemade apple butter

easy homemade apple butter

easy homemade apple butter

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. My husband liked this recipe the best of the apple butters I’ve made. It’s less sweet and the hint of cloves gives it that something extra.

    1. Hi Lenora, it’s fairly thick, as you can see in the photos. Definitely not thin and runny. It’s delicious!

  2. Has anyone canned this recipe? If so, do you just put into jars while hot so it seals or some other way?

  3. This is an awesome recipe. The hubby loved it. I was curious if I could replace the apples with peaches and still get the same great results?

    1. Yes I think it would work well. I haven’t tried it personally though, so I can’t testify to the exact results. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out.

  4. I have made this several times. Gets over big n my family. I am wondering if I Can use the juice that’s left in my crockpot. Seems a shame to waste it.

  5. Hi Kristin,
    I’m hoping to make an apple butter barbecue sauce. Every recipe I see asks for apple butter as an ingredient! Is this what I would use? I don’t want to use store bought apple butter.
    Thank you!

  6. The apple butter is in my crockpot as we speak. In the past, I have gone through the canning process but will skip that step this time around. That being said, do you sterilize the jars and lids in addition to cleaning them with hot, soapy water? Also, if you freeze the apple butter, any particular container? I’m excited about this recipe because the apples did not have to be peeled! Thanks!

  7. This is the second time that I am making this delicious apple butter. I was looking for a recipe where I didn’t have to peel the apples and this one is a winner! Thanks so much! My house smells so yummy!

  8. Doubled this recipe and made it last night to give it to friends and family for our Trick or Treat Halloween surprise. The house smelled incredible while cooking and the rave reviews are already coming in. I will be making this a lot- so happy to have a recipe that doesn’t include peeling the apples! I love all your recipes and will continue to head to your site first when I’m looking for something to try.

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