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homemade apple butter

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Susan Bickta
Kutztown, PA

This apple butter is a family favorite. We like to eat it like jam on buttered toast or as a topping on a serving of cottage cheese. You can adjust the spice level to suit your taste. This apple butter also makes a wonderful gift and can be made ahead and frozen.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Apple butter is very versatile. It can be added to oatmeal, served on top of pancakes, smeared onto a slice of toast with butter, can be added to baked goods, and more. Thick and super yummy, this slow cooker recipe is so good you'll be finding places to add a dollop. It does take a while for this to cook, but the plus side is your kitchen smells like apple pie while this simmers in the Crock Pot.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 11 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For homemade apple butter

  • 6-7 lg
    Cortland apples
  • 1 3/4 c
    granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c
    light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cloves (scant)
  • 1/4 c
    apple cider
  • 1/4 tsp

How To Make homemade apple butter

Test Kitchen Tips
We cut our apples into quarters. If not canning, this apple butter can be stored in the fridge or freezer.
  • Apples and remaining ingredients added to a slow cooker.
    Peel, core, and cut apples into chunks. Place the apples in a 4-5 quart Crock Pot. Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Apples cooking in the slow cooker.
    Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 hours. Stir occasionally. Reduce heat to low and cook an additional 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and turns a dark brown.
  • Cooking the apples without the top on the slow cooker.
    Remove cover and cook on low for an additional hour.
  • Blending apple butter with an immersion blender.
    Remove the apples with a slotted spoon and puree with a blender, food processor, or immersion blender. Add syrup from the Crock Pot to thin apple butter if desired.