Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter- only a handful of ingredients needed to make this thick and flavorful fall favorite.

Apple Butter on English muffins

 

This homemade, fresh apple butter makes a large batch and costs only a fraction of what store-bought apple butter costs. It’s wonderfully tangy and sweet with lots of cinnamon flavor.

I love the rich, dark flavor of this apple butter. It’s richly flavored with lots of fall spices- cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Your house will smell magnificent with the apples slow cooking in the crock pot all day.

It tastes great on toast or English muffins and I love making these Apple Butter Muffins with it.

Apple Butter in slow cooker with spoon scooping it.

How To Make This Recipe:

You’ll need to start with about 5 pounds of apples. You can use a variety of apples or one kind. Gala, Honeycrisp, and Fuji all work well.

Peel, core, and chop the apples. Add them to a 6-quart slow cooker along with the sugar, spices, and salt. Stir to coat the apples evenly.

Cook on HIGH for 5 hours or on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Open the crock pot and let the mixture cool slightly. Then transfer everything to a blender and blend until smooth. If you are lucky enough to have an immersion blender, you can blend it right in the slow cooker.

 

Chopped apples in crock pot.

 

How To Thicken Slow Cooker Apple Butter:

Apple Butter is best when it has a nice thick consistency. To thicken it, after you blend it in the blender, cook it in the slow cooker on HIGH uncovered for about 1 hour, stirring it every so often. It will thicken more as it cools.

How To Store:

Can be refrigerated for 1 week or frozen for later use.

Overhead of English muffins and apples.

Try These Other Slow Cooker Apple Recipes:

Apple Butter on English muffins

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall, slow cooker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Servings: 16
Calories: 125kcal
Slow Cooker Apple Butter- only a handful of ingredients needed to make this thick and flavorful fall favorite.
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Ingredients

  • 5 pounds apples, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Combine apple chunks, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 hours or on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.
  • Let cool slightly and transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Note: if apple butter is too thin, return to slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 1 hour uncovered, stirring occasionally. Keep in mind it will thicken some as it cools.

Notes

Good apples to use are Gala, Honeycrisp, and Granny Smith. I use a mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal

Close-up of Apple Butter on English Muffin.

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