Apple Butter Recipes

Claire Bush
January 30, 2008

A Is For Apple ButterThroughout history, apples have been touted as a cure-all for everything from fertility to digestion. With more than 7,500 varieties, there's always a crop in season! Apples are versatile, too. When temperatures drop, there's nothing like the warm, comforting aroma of simmering apple butter to brighten the gloom of a dark winter day. Try this easy crockpot version that doesn't skimp on taste.


Note: McIntosh and Rome Beauty apples (like the single one in the picture) are good choices for this recipe.

Crockpot Apple Butter

Slice 3 quarts apples thinly and place in crockpot. Cook overnight on low. In the morning, add 3 cups sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp cloves. Turn heat to low and cook 8-10 hours.

Want to try the old-fashioned way? This apple butter bakes in the oven.

Traditional Apple Butter



Mix all ingredients in large heavy ovenproof pan, then bake at 350 degrees F for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. (Can also be cooked on top of stove over low heat; watch for scorching). Pour into jars and seal.

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December 16, 2004

In a microwave safe bowl, combine apples, maple syrup and cinnamon. Microwave on high for 15 minutes.

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February 3, 2011

Wash, core and quarter apples. It is not necessary to peel them. Place the apples in a large kettle or Dutch oven along with the juice or cider.

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February 23, 2009

Cook apples in cider until tender. Press through a sieve or food mill; measure 3 quarts apple pulp. Cook pulp until thick enough to round up in a spoon.


As pulp thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Add sugar and spices.

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March 13, 2006

In 3 qt. microwave container, stir together applesauce, fruit pectin, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. Cover container. Microwave power level 10 for 8-10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes until mixture boils...

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November 5, 2005

Heat apple juice concentrate and apples to boiling in Dutch oven; reduce heat. Simmer uncoverd, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally until apples are very soft.

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December 22, 2008

How do I thicken apple butter?

Karen from Oxford, Alabama


December 26, 20081 found this helpful

maybe cornstarch? or additional apples

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By Grammy24 (Guest Post)
December 28, 20080 found this helpful

I put mine in the crockpot and let it cook until it is thick. It takes a while but it works.


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By d (Guest Post)
December 28, 20080 found this helpful

I think maybe the apple butter needs to be reduced more...cooked longer.

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December 28, 20082 found this helpful

My crockpot has a removable crock. The easiest way to thicken apple butter is to put it in the crock in a 350º oven without a lid. Stir it occasionally until it is as thick as you like it.


Harlean from Arkansas

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December 29, 20080 found this helpful

Cornstarch will work, or you can let it thicken with the apple's natural thickener, pectin. Just continue to cook the butter slowly and stir constantly.

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By karen (Guest Post)
December 29, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks everyone for your advice.

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August 3, 2005

We have purchased a home with small acreage and orchard, and I wanted to make my own Apple Butter. I have herd there is a way to make it in a crock-pot and freeze it for use later. I would also like to can of freeze Applesauce. If anyone has a recipe for anything you could make, freeze or can with apples, I would appreciate it.

Thanks in advance,
Robin in Indiana


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August 4, 20050 found this helpful

Here's a site I found online for CROCKPOT APPLE BUTTER: Enjoy those apples!!!

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August 7, 20050 found this helpful

Mary Farmer's
Honey Apple Butter
10 cups peeled, chopped apples
2/3 cup honey
1/2 tspoon allspice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg


1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
dash salt
Place all ingredients in slow cooker, cover
and cook on high 1 1/2 hours Turn on low stir
well cover and cook 8 hours. Mixture should
reduce to 5 to 6 cups. Leave chunky or
puree in food processor or blender. Pour into
jars and seal or freeze in small containers.
I use the spices to my taste. I like it a little spicier.

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August 12, 2010

I need a simple recipe for making apple butter. Thanks.

By Lexy Miller from Champaign, IL


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November 27, 20050 found this helpful

Your readers have been great in helping in the past and now I have another, but simple request. My g'daughter loves home made apple butter. What I need is a good recipe and also what type of apples to use. So readers, please help me to show my g'daughter that G'ma did it again... coming through for her.



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November 26, 2019

Fall is the time for making apple butter. Slow cook seasoned apples in a crockpot and then store the flavorful butter in sterilized jars or freeze. This is a delicious treat for the family and can be given as gifts.

apples and sugars in covered crockpot

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October 12, 2019

While apple butter is a well-know preserved spread, apple pumpkin butter is a deliciously different way to use these fall favorites.

A jar of apple pumpkin butter.

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August 13, 2020

I made this but it came out too liquidy, because I added too much water. I didn't trust when the recipe said only use a couple tablespoons water but it turns out that if you really want apple butter, you should.

Apple Butter in jar & on plate

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