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homemade apple butter

(21 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Gail Herbest
Bangor, ME

This apple butter is made in a Crock Pot, it takes about 12 hours so I prepare it in the evening and by morning it's done, It is well worth the wait. There is nothing like homemade!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

The taste of this spicy-sweet butter brings back so many childhood memories of eating apple butter with my cousins, the Daileys. As a team we would go through what seemed like gallons of the stuff in less than a week. I hope you love this as much as I do.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(21 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 12 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For homemade apple butter

  • 5 1/2 lb
    apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 c
    white sugar
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar
  • 2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla --- optional
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp

How To Make homemade apple butter

  • 1
    Place the chopped apples in the crock pot and add the rest of the ingredients, stir to blend well.
  • 2
    cover and cook on high for one hour
  • 3
    reduce heat to low and cook 10-11 hours, stir occasionally. Until mixture is thickened and dark brown.
  • 4
    Uncover and continue cooking on low for 1 hour. Stir with whisk if desired to increase the smoothness
  • 5
    Spoon mixture into clean freezer containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze
  • 6
    **** You can add more sugar (up to 4 cups) but I like mine just a little tart but still sweet. I don't think I would ever use more than 2 cups even if the Apples are tart.