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EASY Crock-Pot Apple Butter

Crock-Pot Apple Butter

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds apples, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1

Place chopped apples in slow cooker.

2

Mix sugars, spices, and vanilla in with apples.

3

Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours, or LOW for 8-10 hours until apples are completely tender. if possible, stir once in a while.

4

Use an immersion blender to puree apple butter to desired consistency.

5

Store in small jars or containers.

68 Comments

Love Fall Apple Recipes?🍎

Make some delicious homemade Apple Butter! It’s super easy to make using your slow cooker and only requires a few ingredients.

This idea is a simple process of chopping apples, slow cooking them in the Crock-Pot, and then using a hand blender right in the same pot to make the most amazing Apple Butter. The result is a smooth and velvety sweet spread to use on your morning toast, biscuits, pancakes, pork chops, and even on your ice cream as a dessert! SO good.

Crock-Pot Apple Butter

Let the slow cooker do all the work for the easiest homemade Apple Butter.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds apples, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1

Place chopped apples in slow cooker.

2

Mix sugars, spices, and vanilla in with apples.

3

Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours, or LOW for 8-10 hours until apples are completely tender. if possible, stir once in a while.

4

Use an immersion blender to puree apple butter to desired consistency.

5

Store in small jars or containers.

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com

Things to consider:
  • I used a combination of Granny Smith, Fuji, and Gala apples. You can pick your own combination or use one type.
  • The sweetness level can definitely be adjusted up or down to taste. I looked at different recipes when researching this idea and the ratio of sugar to apples ranged all across the board, so use your judgement. I felt like 2 cups was fine in this recipe and not 4 like the original recipe called for.Β 
  • I did not go through the canning process for this, but that’s a great option for storing UN-refrigerated. You can store fruit spread in the fridge for a couple weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.
  • This recipe made 1-quart using 5 pounds of apples.

Get ready for your home to smell incredible!

My husband is a big fan of Apple Butter, and he really enjoyed this version. I can’t wait to store some for us, and maybe give some to my friends and family!

Consider sharing Apple Butter in small jelly jars as a thoughtful, budget friendly holiday gift!

 


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 68

  1. Ametha

    Love crockpot apple butter. And it’s the best smell for your home this time of year!

    • Lina D

      I agree! Smells amazing πŸ˜€πŸŽ

  2. Katrina6875

    Sounds delicious πŸ™‚

  3. Heather_P_423

    This looks AMAZING! Thanks for the idea – I have some apples that I really need to use up πŸ™‚

    • Lina D

      Yay! Enjoy πŸ˜€

  4. Saving My Cents

    We just went apple picking! This is perfect to add to my list of things to make.

    • Lina D

      Great! Enjoy πŸ˜€

  5. Mike D

    This sounds so good… I will be sure to try it out. Thanks!

    • Lina D

      Sure! Enjoy Mike!

  6. Anna

    Great timing- I’m getting a bunch of apples this weekend to make apple butter! Does anyone have a no-sugar added recipe they like? I have seen some that use White Grape juice concentrate for sweetener or just nothing save spices. Thank you!

  7. atank

    dumb question… will my immersion blender “hurt” the bottom of my crock pot?

    • Holly

      Most immersion blenders have a kind of “guard” around the bottom that will touch the bottom of the pot so that the blade never does.

      So, depending on your blender, it shouldn’t hurt your Crock Pot at all, just be gentle when you place the blender itself in the Crock Pot.

      I usually just gently place my immersion blender into the pot/pan/dish that I’m using until it just touches the bottom, then raise it up just a little bit, then turn the blender itself on. It will still blend up all the apples (or whatever) in your CrockPot without needing to scrape the bottom of the insert, but even if it does touch the bottom, it won’t hurt anything. Just go slowly and gently! πŸ™‚

    • Lina D

      No the lip around the blade I believe prevents it from directly hitting.

  8. Erin

    I have made two crockpots of apple butter since going to pick apples! A tip to make it faster to prepare I just sliced apples instead of chopping and I left the peel on! When it was done I put it in the blender and no one knew I left the skin in!
    We have been giving out to teachers as happy fall gifts 😁

    • Lina D

      Oh neat! I love that idea- thanks for your tips!!

    • Renee

      Then your apple butter has extra fiber! Awesome! I HATE peeling apples

  9. Stacy77

    Looks delicious!!!

    • Lina D

      Thanks Stacy!

  10. Tscoyle

    I use this recipe. It is super simple and a big hit with the family! I use a blender to purΓ©e since I don’t have an immersion blender – works great.

    • Lina D

      Perfect! Thanks for sharing πŸ‘

  11. kiwigrl21

    I make applesauce and apple butter every year. My family LOVES it!

    • Lina D

      Great!

  12. Katelyn

    I have made a recipe similar to this the past two years and I love it. The apples are soft enough in the end to mash with a fork or potato masher. I also save some for throughout the year by dividing up into quart bags, laying flat and freezing.

  13. K

    I make apple butter every year and last year made pumpkin butter. Tastes like pumpkin pie when spread on toast or waffles!!

    • Lina D

      Oh my gosh! Sounds awesome. I want pumpkin butter now πŸ˜€πŸ‘

    • Kristi

      How do you make your pumpkin butter?

    • Kristi

      How do you make your pumpkin butter?

    • Christine

      How do you make pumpkin butter? Also receive for applesauce would be great to post as well.
      Thanks Hipsters

    • Susan H

      Will be looking up pumpkin butter now!

  14. Barbara

    Looks yummy…..keep the apple recipes and pumpkin ones coming….love the fall!!

  15. Sisi Bee

    Looks yummy.

  16. Susan

    I am currently making pumpkin butter in my crock pot. It will be done in less than an hour and my house smells wonderful:) Will try this recipe too.

  17. cmoehn

    Is there a low sugar version? My dh would so love this!

    • Jenn

      I was curious about that too. I googled and found a few recipes that completely omit the sugar and add a bit of water. Apple juice or cider in place of the water might be a nice middle ground; it would definitely same some sugar as compared to the full recipe!

    • Jaime

      I just posted about that below. I also just slice the apples and leave the skin on. No one can tell!

  18. Katie

    This is how I make applesauce but with less sugar. What makes this different than just applesauce?

    • CP128

      Pretty much just the consistency. Fruit butters have a homogeneous spreadable consistency.

  19. Renee

    Can you do this with the Instant Pot too?? I don’t have one yet but I sent my husband link to the Kohl’s deal and reminded him I really really need a Kohl’s card! πŸ˜‰

    • Jaime

      Yes! I just posted below. Add 1 cup water, 2 minutes on high. Quick release. Drain water then blend.

      • Lina D

        How neat! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜€πŸ‘

        • cindy b

          I made apllesauce in the instantpot for the first time this fall. My recipe was like Jaime’s and very easy. Also, very delicious! I added 1/2 cinnamon stick to the pot before cooking. Yum!

    • Shari

      Love any ideas for Instant Pot…got mine today for a great deal from Kohls and just ordered the Kitchen Aid Hand Held Blender today…so this sounds like a great starter recipe for using both….watching a lot of youtube, too. Thank you for the great deals from Kohls Team Hip2Save!!

  20. Kristi

    How do you make your pumpkin butter?

  21. Kristi

    Does this have to be refrigerated right away?

  22. Thama

    Looks delicious!

  23. Julie

    Something new to try this fall. Thanks

    • Lina D

      Sure! Enjoy πŸ˜‚

  24. June

    Can you jar the apple butter and use later?

    • Lina D

      Yes – if you go through the canning process afterwards then you can store unrefrigerated πŸ‘

      • Mackyjane

        Would you need to add vinegar to it so you could store it in the pantry after canning?

            • mackyjane

              I made this over the weekend, and the amount of sugar that Lina suggested was perfect. It turned out great! I don’t have an immersion blender, but I used my ninja and it worked just fine. I did can the apple butter as it made around 60oz!

            • Lina D

              That’s so great! Thanks for sharing πŸ‘πŸ»

  25. Just Jill

    Thanks Lina, almost seems too easy! And by the way, I made your white chicken enchiladas last night and with no shame we licked out plates clean!

    • Lina D

      Oh my gosh that makes my day! I’m so glad -and yes this is that easy! thanks Jill!

  26. Scarlet Bluefield

    We used to live near a town that had an annual apple butter festival. They would make apple butter in huge (like I could fit in them) copper kettles over wood fires, right in the street! They stirred with canoe paddles! So much fun–great memories πŸ™‚

    • Lina D

      Wow sounds great!

  27. Jaime

    Wow, 2 cups of added sugar!! I make something similar but don’t add any sugar, and it’s just as delicious. Cook on high for 4 hrs. (Or 2 minutes in the instant pot!! with 1 cup water, drain, then blend.) After pureeing the apples with the immersion blender, I let it cook on high another hour, but with the lid open to thicken it up. We use it in sandwiches with peanut butter or almond butter (instead of jelly) and my kids love it.

    • Lina D

      Sounds great! Thanks for sharing πŸ‘

  28. riss

    I never had apple butter ….is it like sweetened apple sauce? I don’t like Apple sauce, but this looks good!

  29. Susan H

    Well just put this all into my crockpot. Had a bunch of apples that were going on the soft side previously picked from the orchard. Perfect recipe to use them up. Thanks foe the easy recipe!

    • Lina D

      Sure!

  30. MammaK

    thanks for the reminder, made some last my husband loved it

    • Lina D

      That is so great!

  31. M

    I must really trust you ladies…I didn’t even taste it (like an idiot, it didn’t even cross my mind) to make sure it was even fairly close (since I didn’t really weigh the apples)…but I just threw it all in, stirred a few times and oh my goodness – YUM! My kiddo loves to eat but not breakfast – put this on some toast this morning – gone in 2 minutes flat! He loves apple butter and really loved it. Can’t wait to have it tonight with some biscuits. Will be doing this again, really soon. πŸ™‚ Thank you.

    Also, how “soft” can an apple be and still be used in apple butter?

  32. Diane Lloyd

    I don’t know how to can sterilizing. Can I just put in clean jars and freeze and be OK?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes you can freeze in jars and would be good for a few months in the freezer. Make sure to leave some room at the top of bar for expansion.

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