Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter


Apple butter is the perfect spread for just about anything you desire.  Toast, muffins, pancakes, waffles, etc. You can also use it in baking.  (Apple Butter Bread) It is so easy to make in a slow cooker you will never buy it from the store again.

slow cooker apple butter

Peel, core and slice the apples.  (I used an equal mix of gala and granny smith apples)  Place the apples in the slow cooker, dump the seasonings on top and give it a thorough mixing.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter - by Don't Sweat The Recipe

Cook on low for 15 hours. Remove the lid and cook for another 2 hours until your desired thickness and color.  Add the vanilla, use an immersion blender to puree until smooth and place in containers.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter - A perfect spread for just about anything you like! by Don't Sweat The Recipe

This year I decided to water bath the jars.  I have frozen it in mason jars in previous years and that works just fine. Either way, it’s your choice.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter - A perfect spread for just about anything! by Don't Sweat The Recipe

See simplycanning for canning in a water bath.  This also worked perfect!  I was very proud of my first canning project. (pats self on the back) I have a 8qt pressure cooker that I used for this project.  I didn’t pressure can them I just used the pot for the large capacity.  You don’t want your jars to touch during the process.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter - A perfect spread for just about anything! by Don't Sweat The Recipe

Like I said freezing also works.  Just leave some room at the top of the jar for expansion and allow to cool completely before freezing. Now make some homemade biscuits and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Apple Butter
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Recipe type: Jam
Serves: 3 pints
  • 6½ pounds apples - peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (I used ¾ cup)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed (I used ¾ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Place the apples in a slow cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and salt.
  3. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well.
  4. Cook in slow cooker on low for about 15 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is dark brown and starting to thicken.
  5. Uncover, stir in vanilla and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours, to remove most of the moisture. (you want a dark brown, thick mixture)
  6. Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until smooth.
  7. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze.
  8. Serve on breads, muffins, pork chops or just eat it with a spoon.
The amount of sugar will depend on the sweetness of your apples. I only used ¾ cup white sugar and ¾ cup brown sugar.
Slow Cooker Apple Butter - A perfect spread for just about anything! by Don't Sweat The Recipe

Adapted from mybakingaddiction

Featured recipe on  The Weekend Potluck.


  1. Reply

    Yummy! i have never made my own apple butter, I really need to fix that!

    1. Reply

      I hope you try it! It’s so easy and oh so delicious. Thank you.

  2. Reply

    I have always wanted to make Apple Butter, but have never tried it. I love that this is done in the slow cooker. I have pinned and printed this to make soon. I’m thinking Christmas gifts for neighbors. Thanks for linking it to the Weekend Potluck!

    1. Reply

      Thank you! It will make great gifts I share my and they bring the jars back asking for more.

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    […] Slow Cooker Apple Butter by Don’t Sweat The Recipe […]

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  4. Reply

    I love how yummy and easy this sounds! Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Part. Emily from

    1. Reply

      Thanks for hosting Emily!

  5. Reply

    Thanks for sharing this on Paula’s No rules Weekend Blog. I love apple butter. I will have to try this recipe. Sounds really simple.

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      Thank you for hosting!

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