Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Crock Pot Apple Butter

Homemade Apple Butter made easily in your slow cooker while you sleep. Apple Butter is perfect slathered on hot biscuits, toast or scones. 
I don't know how this post got away from me. I found it drafted pages back on my blogger dashboard. This recipe is too awesome not to be posted. To me there's nothing for comforting and satisfying than canned goods. Jams, jellies, preserves 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 your own, but homemade is certainly the best. Today's recipe for this Crock Pot Apple Butter is super simple to make so there's really no reason not to make it yourself. Everyone thinks making homemade apple butter is difficult but not if you use a slow cooker.  

Way back when apple butter was prepared in a large pot or kettle and you would have to sit and watch it stirring and stirring and more stirring. Well that was long before folks started making apple butter in their slow cooker. 

The best part about this recipe is that you assemble and prepare it the night before and while you sleep your slow cooker does all the work, so it doesn't get much easier than that. When you wake up you will will smell the aroma of cinnamon and fall lingering through your house. 

The hardest part of the whole recipe is waiting to get that first taste. Goodness, I love homemade apple butter on biscuits, bagels and toast. Whatever you serve apple butter with this recipe is sure to be a hit. I hope you'll give this recipe a try. This recipe makes quite a bit which is perfect for gifts. 

Crock Pot Apple Butter


1- 16 ounce jar unsweetened apple sauce
5 - lbs granny smith or golden delicious apples, diced
2 - cups sugar
1 - cup brown sugar
1/2 - cup apple  juice or apple cider
2 - teaspoons cinnamon
1/2  - teaspoons cloves
1/2 - teaspoon allspice
2  1/2 - teaspoons vanilla

Peel and cut apples into small pieces. Place all ingredients except the vanilla into the crock pot and stir. 

Cook covered on low heat overnight or for at least 8 - 10 hours.

In the morning remove cover, stir and taste. Add more spices or sugar if desired. 

Remove the lid and use an immersion blender to puree the apple mixture until smooth. 

Add the vanilla, stir  and cook uncovered an additional 2 hours or 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 pour into hot sterilized jars and process in a hot water bath. 

Process half pints for 5 minutes and pints for 10 minutes. The time starts once the water comes to a boil.
Serve over hot biscuits, toast, scones
inspired by southern plate

Click on my link for peach preserve for  step-by-step canning instructions and tips. Peach Preserves Canning Tutorial

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Keeper of the Home 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 said... #

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

Lynette 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?

Tina Butler 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_3Bs 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!

Tina Butler 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

Wanda 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!!

Tina Butler 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!

Morgan Sky said... #

Hi! I don’t know if this site is still active. The last comments were from 2013, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this wonderful recipe. Seems like nobody born and raised in Hawaii ever heard of apple butter. I grew up on the east coast so I'm very familiar with apple butter and was disappointed that none of the stores here sell it. So I decided to look for a recipe and see if it was something I could easily make. If it turned out the way I like, I’d make enough to give out at Christmas. Well, I wound up making two large crockpots full.....15 pints worth! It is awesome! Thank you so much for bringing back a much loved childhood memory that I can share with friends and family.
Aloha! And Mele Kalikimaka!

Morgan Sky said... #

Hi, living in Hawaii, it's darn near impossible to find apple butter in any store, so for the last two Christmases It has been my go-to handout gift for friends and family when they leave after Christmas dinner. And it has been a hit! I never made apple butter before, but I love using my crockpot for all kinds of recipes and this recipe just "called to me". I'll be making it again this Christmas again. As we say here....Mahalo (thank you)!