October 17th, 2015

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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If you’ve never made Slow Cooker Apple Butter, you’re definitely missing out. Not only does it taste amazing, it’s really easy to make in your slow cooker. 

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

A slice of cinnamon swirl bread topped with some homemade apple butter is a favorite breakfast around here.

 If you don’t have an apple peeler/corer/slicer, it’s worth getting one for this recipe alone. Otherwise, you’ll spend quite a while peeling and chopping five pound of apples.

But once your apples are diced, you just cook them all day in the slow cooker with sugar and spices. I find that a mixture of sweet and tart apples works well in this recipe.

And I like a smooth apple butter, so I puree mine with an immersion blender when it’s done cooking.

This apple butter makes a great holiday gift for neighbors, and it freezes well, so you can make it ahead of time to give away later. If you don’t eat it all yourself, that is!

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Preparation 20 mins Cook Time 6-00 mins Total Time 10 hrs 20 mins


  • 5-6 pounds apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. Place the diced apples in a lightly greased slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and vanilla.
  2. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 8-10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
  3. Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Puree with an immersion blender, if desired, to increase smoothness.
  4. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 6 months.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 6 (8 oz.) jars.

1 review

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  1. Yum. Have a feeling we would eat this by the spoonful. Might not make it to the bread!

  2. Delicious apple butter, but mine took WAY less time then you call for. Your recipe is telling me this should take 10 to 12 hours to cook and mine was done in 4. It was a good thing I was home while making this!


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