Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Crock Pot Apple Butter

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Crock Pot Apple Butter

I don't know how this post got away from me. I found it drafted way back in my post section. This recipe is so awesome that it has to be posted so here we go. To me nothing is more soothing then homemade canned items jams, jellies and Homemade Apple Butter. Life doesn't get much better than that.

Don't be fooled by store-bought apple butter, I mean its OK if you can't make it yourself or if you are in a pinch. This recipe for Apple Butter is slap you in your face easy there is really no excuse not to make it. Everyone thinks it is so hard to make Apple Butter, well long ago it used to be hard work.

Apple Butter was prepared in a large pot or kettle and you would have to sit and baby it stirring and stirring and stirring, heck who has all that time to do that. Well that was before they invented the Crock pot which is one of my dearest friends who visits my house on a occasion or two or three!!!

The crock pot does all the work for you + while you sleep it doesn't get much better than that. When morning rolls around you will smell all that wonderful goodness as soon as you walk in the kitchen. The hardest part of the whole recipe is waiting to get that first taste. The first bite is so divine slop it on some hot biscuits and you are good to go. It is also wonderful on toast or scones. Whatever you serve apple butter with this recipe is sure to be a hit.

I know that for a fact..... one because I made it and it turned out so wonderful and two because I got the recipe from Christy at Southern Plate, so trust me it is definitely good. Go on and give it a try in the crock pot, no more old school style it really is a toss it and forget it kind of recipe. I love canning jams, jellies and preserves what are your favorite things to can?

These are the ingredients you will need: Applesauce, Granny Smith Apples, Sugar, Apple Cider or Apple Juice, Cinnamon, Cloves and Allspice and a little bit of patience.
add applesauce, sugar, apple juice and spices to the crock pot.

peel and slice apples in to little chips this is so they cook down easier. Then add to the crock pot.

stir to blend all the ingredients together. Turn crock pot to low cover and cook for 8-10 hours

Remove cover, stir and taste. Add more spices or sugar if desired. Remove the lid and change the temperature to high continue cooking for about 4 more hours, uncovered, until some of the liquid is gone and the apple butter has cooked down a bit. Rule of thumb a wooden spoon should be able to stand upright when you place it in the apple butter.

Pour into hot sterilized jars and refrigerate or process in hot water bath to seal jars. Process pints for 10-15 minutes and half pints for 5-10 minutes. Remove from hot water bath and place on a dishcloth and let sit overnight to make sure jars have sealed properly. If the jars have not sealed, which is rare you can reprocess or place in the refrigerator.

Serve on hot biscuits, toast or scones whatever you heart desires.

Crock Pot Apple Butter

1- 48 - 50 oz jar unsweetened or cinnamon apple sauce
3 - lbs granny smith apples, diced
4 - cups sugar
1 - cup juice or apple cider
2 - teaspoons cinnamon
1 - teaspoons cloves
1 - teaspoon allspice

Peel and cut apples into small chips. Place all ingredients in the crock pot and stir. Cover and cook on low overnight (eight to ten hours). 

In the morning remove cover, stir and taste. Add more spices or sugar if desired. Remove the lid and change the temperature to high continue cooking for about 4 more hours, uncovered, until some of the liquid is gone and the apple butter has cooked down. 

Rule of thumb a wooden spoon should be able to stand upright when you place it in the apple butter. Pour into jars and refrigerate or process in a hot water bath. Serve over hot biscuits, toast, scones.

Process half pints for 5 minutes and pints for 10 minutes. The time starts once the water comes to a boil.

Click on the peach preserve link below for canning tips.


Evening Shade Morning Latte said... #

My Aunt always told me to use my crock pot or my big electric roaster to make my butter as it would be so much easier. Well, after seeing your post on it here I think I'm going to have to try it myself. Thanks for sharing.

Erin, Nick and Merrick said... #

MMMM we have made applebutter MANY times!! SOO comforting!

Crazy About Cakes said... #

So I have totally fallen in love with your blog! It is amazing. Do you mind if I put a link to it from my blog? I will definitely be trying the applebutter!

Meg said... #

YUM! I definitely have to try this!

Krystal said... #

yay! this what just what I needed for the 10 apples I have sitting in my fridge, thank you!

Joan said... #

Wow. That looks amazing. I cant wait to try it. Do I follow the peach preserves to can it or will it seal itself if its really hot?

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Hi Joan, the hot mixture would be enough to seal the jars, but for saftey reasons you need to can them properly by sterilizing your jars and using the hot water bath method. It is just safer that way. My MIL just lets them seal on the counter when the mixture is hot but it is not recommended.

Heidi said... #

I love apple butter. I will have to try it in the crock pot. How clever. I don't use my crock pot nearly as much as I would like too.

Ingrid said... #

So, you're having an apple butter giveaway, did you say? Hee-hee, you DID say you got a lot of apple butter and showed us all those lovely jars!

Would have loved to see a pic of the wooden spoon standing test!

Maria said... #

I LOVE apple butter, I didn't know it was so easy to do in the crockpot. Thanks for the recipe!

Noor said... #

Mm, I love apple butter. I actually bought some in the Smokey Mountains back home and brought it with me. so good with hot biscuits. Tina I just love your site.. :)

Krystal said... #

ok, I've made this twice now, I love it!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Good for your Krystal. It is so addicting isn't it? I love making apple butter more often, since i can use the crockpot. It isnt such a big chore anymore.

Anonymous said... #

I have lots of apples, but no apple sauce. Can I make it straight in the crock pot without the apple sauce, or do I have to make apple sauce with them first, like some other recipes suggest.
Thanks, Debbie

wswhurd said... #

I absolutely love this recipe. The busiest person can do this without a problem. I have made Pear and Plum Butter using the same recipe. AWESOME!!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Anonymous, I am not sure all you can do it give it a try without the applesauce I dont think it would hurt it. If anything it would make it thicker which would be better. LMK if you try it.

wswhurd, I am so glad you like this recipe. It really does have a great flavor with all those spices. I bet the pear and plum butter is really good. Awesome change up.

Karen said... #

I have never tried making my own jars of jelly or jam. I bought jars today and I think you've given me enough to give it a try! Do you happen to know about how many 8oz jars this recipe would make? I want to make sure I have enough...or I might just half the recipe? Thanks!

Heather said... #

Thanks so much for this great post...I LOVE applebutter and was looking for an EASY recipe, can't wait to try it! :)

Rhonda said... #

Just finishing up a batch of this apple butter. Besides waking to the smell, it tastes great. I made the cream biscuits from Smitten Kitchen's site, thought I needed homemade applebutter and found this by googling. You have a wonderful site and I've been going through your files for other good stuff.

Mel said... #

This apple butter is so delicious! And it's so easy to make. Thank you for the recipe. I'm on my 3rd or 4th batch now, and I plan to make another tomorrow. My mom is even making this recipe. It is so good.:)

Anonymous said... #

I'm new to all of this canning and making homemade jams, apple butter, etc. Thank you so much for posting this easy to follow and easy to make recipe! I just finished making my first batch and it tastes wonderful!! I'm sure I'll be having to make more next week with all of the family members and friends that have been requesting it! It's so much cheaper to do it this way than it is to buy it at my local Apple Orchard! For the cost of 1 jar there I can make 8 here!

Anonymous said... #

This is the first time I've ever done apple butter. I found this recipe and just HAD to try it! I done a run yesterday and it is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! It is soooo easy to do. Everybody loved it here, as we have already opened two jars ....Guess I'm gonna have to make some more. Lol! ;) If you haven't made up your mind to make this yet, you GOT to try it!!!

Thanks Mommy, and keep posting recipes!!!


Spooky79 said... #

The apple butter is easy and delicious! I make it easier and put the chopped apples and apple juice in the blender. Works great!! Thanks for a fabulous recipe!

Lisa Russell said... #

The original recipe calls for two large jars of applesauce, and I see you use only one. Have you tried it with two?

Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen said... #

No I haven't I only used one 48 - 50 jar of apple sauce. It would be to thin if two jars were used. That is just my opinion. If you want to use two by all means do so.

Lisa Russell said... #

Thank you! I will try it with less then.

Lana said... #

I am making the apple butter right now! I am so exited I cant wait for it too be done. It smells amazing and is so easy to make. Thank you!

Anonymous said... #

I cant wait to try this recipe. My dad is diabetic and was thinking of making it with splenda. But he said just to make it like the recipe says. So might try it both ways. I could not find an amount. how many 1/2 pints/pints will this make? Thank you. Will let you know how the Splenda one turns out.

Miranda said... #

I made this today and ended up with 4 pints but it Cooked a little longer than it should have

Anonymous said... #

This sound really delishious and I can't wait to try it this weekend. One question, my dad loves apple butter but is pre-diabetic; can i use a sugar substitute instead of sugar?

Tina Butler said... #

I have never tried this recipe using a sugar substitute, so I cannot guarentee what the results will be. All I can say is give it a try. You could maybe try Truvia's baking blend it is half sweetener and half sugar.

TRISH said... #

I have been making apple butter in my slow cooker for a number of years. I use my large (6 qt.) slow cooker and let mine cook for at least 12 hours. I peel, core and slice as many apples as will fit in my slow cooker. Then I combine sugar and apple pie spice and pour over the apples. I don't add water or applesauce. When the apples can easily be pierced with a fork I mash them with my potato masher and let it continue to cook until the liquid is reduced and the texture is "right". I fill wide mouth pint canning jars, leaving 1/2" headspace. I put plastic lids on and freeze the apple butter. No hot water bath needed. It tastes "fresher" or "just cooked" if it's frozen. So yummy on hot biscuits or toast. I use whatever apple is on sale and this always turns out great!

Anonymous said... #

Trish...what size crockpot are you using and about how much sugar and spices do you start with? How many pints does the recipe generally yield? Where fo you find plastic lids? Thanks!