Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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A small glass mason jar filled with golden brown homemade apple butter sits on a wooden cutting board. A sliced, toasted English muffin and a wooden butter knife sit beside beside the jar.

Sometimes when I feel so far behind in life (like right now ๐Ÿ˜†), I decide to just jump in start working from a place where I know I can’t go wrong. I’m all about slam dunks and sure things to get the creative ball rolling again.

Do you know what I mean?

So let’s talk about this scrumptious, fantastically spiced, gorgeously amber Slow Cooker Apple Butter, shall we? I know for a fact that this recipe is a bonafide, tried and true keeper.

Homemade apple butter is favorite seasonal treat at my house, and I always make it for the first time in October of each and every year. I know October and Pumpkin-Spice-Everything Season are synonomous, but it’s also National Apple Month in October.

Making this recipe is one of my favorite ways to celebrate that other, less commercial, month-long food holiday.

A small glass jar filled with dark-amber colored apple butter sits on a small wooden cutting board. It looks smooth, flavorful and ready to serve on a sliced toasted English muffin. A large vintage bowl filled with colorful fresh apples and another small sealed mason jar filled with dark amber apple butter sit in the background.

We all look forward to some amazing apple butter when that time comes around, and expectedly the first batch doesn’t ever last very long. In anticipation of it all getting gobbled up in jiffy, I always stock up on English muffins (quite possibly the best vehicle for apple butter!!) the week before I make it.

A good schmear of silky, spiced apple butter on a toasted English muffin is a delicious brekkie that’s hard to beat, especially when paired up with a fresh cup of coffee. It’s a great way to start the day, y’all!

However, no one is too shattered when it’s all gone as cooking up extra batches of fresh apple butter is inevitable for me throughout the fall and winter months. We like this stuff so much that we typically share it with friends and family as gifts during the holiday season. It’s just what we do around here!

How to make slow cooker apple butter

Apple butter is made with a mixture of simple of ingredients through a very simple (but committal) process, and the fruits of this little bit of labor are a warm spice-lovers dream.

A slow cooker is the ultimate, cook-friendly gadget for making anything that is best cooked low and slow for several hours and this recipe for apple butter is one of those recipes. I prefer to use a mix of fresh apples, three types of sugar and an array of comforting warm spices to make my homemade apple butter.

The apples must first be prepped by being rinsed, peeled, cored and thinly sliced. Next, the sliced apples are placed in the slow cooker crock and topped with a heavenly, sweet mixture of light and dark brown sugars, white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and a good pinch of salt for a tiny bit of balance.

Homemade apple butter will simmer away for 8-10 hours before it’s ready to be processed, stored and savored.

Smooth, heavily spiced, amber apple butter is smeared on a sliced English muffin, ready to enjoy. The English muffin sits on a small white ceramic plate which is on top of a red and white plaid tea towl. A small wooden butter knife still covered in apple butter rests on the plate too.

Although lots of people think about delicious seasonal, spiced fruit butters like this in the fall, it’s not too late to make a batch or two to enjoy for the holidays! Of couse, we think slow cooker apple butter is amazing as it is (I could eat this stuff with a spoon, y’all!), but it can also be used in many other tasty ways.

Apple butter is a wonderful accompaniment to all sorts of meats, cheese and crackers on a charcuterie board, and it’s also an excellent addition to quick breads, waffles, pancakes and cakes. Also, try a schmear on your next grilled cheese… I just know you’ll be glad you did.

Do you have a favorite way to eat apple butter? I’d love to hear about it in a comment!

Happy crocking, y’all!! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜ – M

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: Breakfast, DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Yield

6

cups
Prep time

25

minutes
Cooking time

8

hours

A slow cooker is the ultimate, cook-friendly gadget for making anything that is best cooked low and slow for several hours and this recipe for apple butter is one of those recipes. Apple butter is made with a mixture of simple of ingredients through a very simple (but committal) process, and the fruits of this little bit of labor are a warm spice-lovers dream.

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds fresh apples, peeled, cored and sliced (**see notes below)

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

  • Place apple slices into the crock of a five quart slow cooker, spread them out into an even layer (as well as possible). Combine sugars and all of the spices in a small bowl. Stir the spice mixture well and then sprinkle it evenly over the apple slices.
  • Cover the slow cooker and allow the apples and spiced too cook on low for 8 – 10 hours. Once the cooking time is over, the apple butter will still have a slightly chunky apprearance. Run small batches of the apple butter through a blender to reach desired consistency (only use a glass blender jar for warm/hot foods), or use an immersion blender inside the crock to blend the apple butter instead (refer to recipe video below for a full tutorial!)
  • Use a ladle to transfer apple butter to clean mason jars, cover jars with lids and allow the apple butter to cool completely.
  • Store the jars of apple butter in the refrigerator for up to one month, or freeze what you will not use right away for up to one year. You can also share extra jars with family and friends who will love you even more for it. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Notes

  • I used a combination of Honey-Crisp, Envy and Granny Smith apples for this recipe.
  • Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen blog at www.alittlefishinthekitchen.com. All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish.ย 

5 Comments

  1. Iโ€™m making this soon. Mark loves โ€” LOVES โ€” apple butter and it is hard to find here. I just recently started getting Envy apples. I look forward to trying this, Marcelle. Happy belated Christmas and and advance Happy New Year to you, Evan and the kids.

  2. That looks scrumptious! My husband would love this ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. wow that’s a lot of apples! i’ve never had apple butter but it sounds delicious. Would make good Christmas gifts for sure. have a happy Christmas!
    cheers
    sherry

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