Apple Butter Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags!

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This homemade apple butter is so easy to make in your slow cooker! Make a huge batch, divide them into jars, and gift them this holiday with our free printable gift tags from the Homemade Christmas Gift Guide!

DIY Apple Butter

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Crockpot Apple Butter (Better than store-bought!)

Years ago, I decided to try making homemade apple butter as an experimental do-it-yourself project.

I’m not typically that much of an apple butter fan, but I’m glad I didn’t let that deter me because, let me tell you, this homemade apple butter is fantastic — much, much better than any storebought stuff I’ve ever tried!

And if you use clearance bags of apples on markdown, this can be a very inexpensive recipe!

What is Apple Butter?

Apple butter is a spreadable preserve made by slowly cooking apples and spices over low heat in order to concentrate the flavors. The cooked apples are pureed or blended to create apple butter’s signature smooth texture.

There’s not actually any butter in apple butter!

Why You’ll Love This Apple Butter Crock Pot Recipe

It’s such a delicious and versatile treat any time of year, but especially in the fall/winter when apples are ripe.

Plus, it’s SO easy to make in a slow cooker!

And other than the peeling and chopping process, which did take me a little while (though it was relaxing–especially since I listened to an audiobook at the same time!), the whole process was so simple.

Once the apples were peeled and sliced, the crockpot did the rest of the work!

This Apple Butter is a GREAT gift idea!

This apple butter is a yummy, unique gift idea to give during the holidays. And it’s SO easy to whip up a huge batch and divide into several jars for multiple gifts!

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Crock Pot Apple Butter Ingredients 

  • 6 pounds of apples
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups raw or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3-4 teaspoons cinnamon

What are the best apples for Apple Butter?

I used Jonathans, but any variety should work.

It’s often nice to have a variety of apples so you get a mixture of flavors. Also, if you get them from the orchard, ask for “seconds” as they are usually about half the price and it doesn’t matter if they have a few bruises as you’ll be cooking them down.

How to make Apple Butter in a Crock Pot

1. Peel, core, and slice apples in fourths.

2. Put them in a large crockpot with vanilla and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir every few hours.

3. Once apples are very, very tender, mash with a potato masher and stir in sugar and spices.

4. Cook on low for another 5-6 hours, stirring occasionally.

5. Cool and pour into jars or airtight containers and refrigerate.

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Make sure you have a large enough slow cooker so the mixture doesn’t boil out (it’s a really sticky mess!) and give it enough time to properly thicken up.

How to Thicken Apple Butter

Apple butter tends to be naturally thick… but if you’d like it to be thicker, simply let it cook without the lid for another 1-2 hours on low (stirring occasionally) or until it reaches your desired thickness.

Apple Butter Muffins

What to Do With Apple Butter

There are SO many possibilities for how to use apple butter:

  • Apple Butter tastes amazing on toast, bagels, and English muffins.
  • Or stir it into your oatmeal.
  • It’s also a great topping for pancakes and waffles (instead of syrup.)
  • It tastes delicious slathered on chicken and pork.

And you can use Apple Butter in place of applesauce in many baking recipes (like these Apple Butter Muffins!)

Storing Crock Pot Apple Butter

You can store apple butter in sealed containers in the refrigerator for up to a month.

You can also freeze jars of apple butter for a year.

Or, you can process the jars in a hot water bath with proper canning lids and rings and store at room temperature almost indefinitely.

How long does Apple Butter last?

Depending on which storage method you choose above, you could store it almost indefinitely! But easily at least for a month or year!

Recipe

Homemade Apple Butter (Crock Pot Recipe)

Course Condiment

Cuisine American

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 12 hours

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Ingredients  

  • 6 pounds apples
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups raw or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3-4 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  • Peel, core, and slice apples in fourths.

  • Put them in a large crockpot with vanilla and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir every few hours.

  • Once apples are very, very tender, mash with a potato masher and stir in sugar and spices.

  • Cook on low for another 5-6 hours, stirring occasionally.

  • Cool and pour into jars or airtight containers and refrigerate.

Notes

If you’d like it to be thicker, simply let it cook without the lid for another 1-2 hours on low (stirring occasionally) or until it reaches your desired thickness.
 
You can store apple butter in sealed containers in the refrigerator for up to a month.
You can also freeze jars of apple butter for a year.
Or, you can process the jars in a hot water bath with proper canning lids and rings and store at room temperature almost indefinitely.

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