Apple butter

Apple butter is a delicious and versatile spread made by slow-cooking apples with sugar and spices until thick and caramelized. Here’s a simple recipe to make your own homemade apple butter:


  • 5 pounds apples (such as Granny Smith, Fuji, or Honeycrisp), peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place the chopped apples in a large slow cooker.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture over the chopped apples in the slow cooker.
  4. Drizzle the lemon juice and optional vanilla extract over the apples.
  5. Stir everything together until the apples are evenly coated with the sugar and spice mixture.
  6. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the apples are very soft and caramelized.
  7. Once the apples are cooked down and caramelized, use an immersion blender or regular blender to puree the mixture until smooth.
  8. Continue cooking the pureed mixture in the slow cooker, uncovered, on low heat for an additional 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the apple butter is thickened to your desired consistency.
  9. Taste the apple butter and adjust the sweetness and spices if needed.
  10. Once the apple butter has thickened to your liking, transfer it to sterilized jars and allow it to cool completely before sealing.
  11. Store the apple butter in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or preserve it using proper canning techniques for longer shelf life.

Enjoy your homemade apple butter spread on toast, biscuits, pancakes, or as a flavorful ingredient in various recipes!

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