Monday, December 7, 2020

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Homemade Apple Butter made easily in your slow cooker. Apple Butter is perfect slathered on hot biscuits, toast or scones. 
If you're an apple lover, you are going to love this simple, slow cooker apple butter! 🍎 This recipe takes up to 10-12 hours to make, but it's all hands free and cooked in your slow cooker. I normally start my apple butter before I go to bed, so the majority of the cooking process is complete. In the morning you will wake up to the aroma of cinnamon and apples lingering through your house. 

There's also no need to peel the apples for this recipe. I had a few bags of sliced apples with the skins on in my freezer and a few bags without. Both apple slices cooked up the same and the peels actually help to thicken up the apple butter. Don't worry that your apple butter won't be smooth by leaving the peels on. I use my immersion blender and my apple butter turns out super smooth every time. 

Homemade apple butter makes a wonderful gift for the holidays, especially in a gift basket. I have included a link to download some Free Printable Apple Butter Labels you can use if you would like to give some as gifts. In the past I have added a few jars of apple butter to a gift basket and paired it with fresh apples, homemade biscuits or scones, coffee with a pair of coffee mugs and Biscotti. Everyone loves homemade gifts and they always mean so much. 

If you're not sure how to enjoy apple butter here are a few ideas. Apple Butter is perfect slathered on hot biscuits, toast or scones, added to quick breads, cinnamon roll filling, pancake or waffle batter, pies and cakes. I have even added a bit to my favorite barbecue sauce to use on chicken. Trust me, you can't go wrong finding new ways to enjoy this delicious flavorful butter. 

Let me show you how to make this delicious apple butter easily in your slow cooker. 

Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with non stick spray. Peel, core and slice apples (I used half peeled and half with the skins on that I had stored in my freezer). 

Add as much apples as your slow cooker will hold. If using frozen apples omit the water or apple juice called for in the recipe. 

Add the remaining ingredients and mix to combine. 

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or overnight.

Uncover and give the apples a good stir. Using an immersion or hand blender, puree the apples until smooth. 

Cook an additional 2 hours on low (uncovered) to allow the apple butter to cook down and thicken. 

When a wooden spoon placed in the middle of the apple butter can stand up on it's own the apple butter is thick enough. 

Spoon the apple butter into clean, sterilized canning jars. Process jars in a hot water bath. 10 minutes for pints and 5 minutes for half pints. Apple butter can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for longer storage. 



Yield: 4 Pints
Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Homemade Apple Butter made easily in your slow cooker. Apple Butter is perfect slathered on hot biscuits, toast or scones.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 12 HourTotal time: 12 H & 30 M

Ingredients

  • 6  pounds sliced apples (any variety) or enough to fill a 6 quart slow cooker
  • 1/2  cup packed brown sugar
  • 1  cup granulated or cane sugar
  • 3  teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4  teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1  teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2  teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4  cup water, apple juice or cider (omit if using frozen apples)

Instructions

  1. Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with non stick spray. Peel, core and slice apples (I used half peeled and half with the skins on). Add as much apples as the slow cooker will hold.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or overnight.
  3. Uncover and give the apples a good stir. Using an immersion or hand blender and puree the apples until smooth.
  4. Cook an additional 2 hours on low (uncovered) to allow the apple butter to cook down and thicken.
  5. When a wooden spoon placed in the middle of the apple butter can stand up the apple butter is thick enough.
  6. Spoon the apple butter into clean, sterilized canning jars.
  7. Process jars in a hot water bath. 10 minutes for pints and 5 minutes for half pints.
  8. Apple butter can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for longer storage.
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