Spiced Whiskey Apple Butter

Naomi Nakashima


This apple butter is warm and spicy and enhanced with the flavor of your favorite whiskey. (Bourbon works just fine, too).

Of course, it's great on toast, muffins, and bagels and anywhere else that you would use apple butter. But I have found that I love this recipe so much that I use it as my streusel base for things like cinnamon rolls and cinnamon swirly breads (in place of the butter those recipes call for in the fillings).

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Makes about 10-12 1/2 pint jars of apple butter
30 Min
10 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


8 lb
red apples
1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c
1/2 c
1 Tbsp
cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
1 pinch


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1Peel, core, and cut your apples into chunks.

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2In a separate bowl, mix together everything but the apples and the whiskey

3In a small saucepan, bring the whiskey up to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil while stirring until its volume is reduced by almost half.

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4In your slowcooker, layer the apple chunks with the spices (like a spicy apple lasagna).

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5After the last layer of apples, pour in the reduced whiskey.

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6Sprinkle the remaining sugar and spice mixture over the apples.

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7Cover and cook on low for 10 hours.

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8Once done, transfer all the apples to your blender. The amount of leftover juice that you transfer with the apples will depend on how thick or thin you would like the apple butter to be.

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9Once the apple butter is blended thoroughly, you can store or can it.

Make sure you follow your canner's safety instructions if canning.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Sauces, Spreads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Hashtags: #whiskey, #apple butter