Crock Pot Apple Butter

As a Society, we LOVE our house to smells good – we light candles, we buy air fresheners, and we use room sprays. But I am telling you, the absolute best way to get the house smelling yummy is to just cook something yummy!

There is something about food cooked in a Crock Pot/Slow Cooker that makes us happy. Not only does it make the house smell amazing for hours, but you get some amazing food to eat when it is all done (with almost no effort), how could that NOT be something wonderful!.

This Crock Pot (Slow Cooker?) Apple Butter does just the trick!! After growing up at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm and “knowing” how hard it was to make Apple Butter (at Harvest Festival every year… open fire, lots of stirring, etc) I never thought that I could really make this delicious treat. I love Quiet Valley and hate to take some profit away from them by making my own Apple Butter – but thanks to Full Measure of Happiness, I found that it could be so easy! After picking about 30 pounds of apples at Heckman’s Orchard with my family I couldn’t wait to make my house smell amazing with this Apple Butter.

Now, about a year ago I would have dreaded peeling/cutting the approximately 20 (+) apples that went into this Apple Butter. But that was before my dear friend Teresa & her husband got me this Apple Peeler/Core-er/Slicer last year for the holidays. I’m telling you – go get one, I did all the apples in about 15 minutes without any work and just a little bit of counter wiping when I was done. This contraption is awesome for any apple slicing needs (with or without the peel) and can also supposedly be used to make those really cool spiral/tornado potatoes – I’ll have to try that and get back to you!

So get out your Crock Pot and make your house smell delicious (other tasty smelling options are: chili or chicken or soup or pork or whatever). Trust me – your nose will enjoy it as will your stomach when you finally indulge in the fruits of your non-labor!

after about 36 hours

ALSO – if you love this Apple Butter and you love Pumpkin, then you will love another recipe I have. Please go ahead and enjoy this Apple Butter, and when you run out of this version… go ahead and make some awesome Pumpkin Apple Butter!

 apple butter on appleFor this post, I used these items, which you can purchase at Amazon:

Crock Pot with Sealing Lid

Apple Slicer/Peeler (highly recommended)

Mason Jars

Crock Pot Apple Butter
Serves: 2 quarts
  • Apples - whatever fits in your crock pot, about 10 lbs of apples (I had about 20 apples, all different varieties - added in two batches) -peeled and rough chopped
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 t freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 t ground cloves
  • 1 - 2 cups apple cider
  • sugar to taste (optional)
  1. Dump all ingredients into the crock pot & turn on low for about 8 hours. Add more apples at that point if you want (this will add about 8 hours). Cook on low for another 8 -10 hours or so.
  2. Remove your cinnamon sticks - if you used a more tart apple, add sugar (1/4 cup at a time) to taste. Mine ended up cooking for about 36 hours because I wanted it nice and cooked down, this is kind of up to you though. It needs at least 16 hours but can go up to 48 probably!
  3. For the last 2 hours or so: prop the lid of the crock pot and let the extra moisture continues to evaporate until you get the desired texture.
  4. Place into jars. You CAN can it (hehe) but I've never canned. I'm sharing some with my parents but this should last a few months (think Jelly?) in the fridge. Don't let it sit around too long once its made - plan to use within a month or two, AND go ahead and make a [url href="http://"]Pumpkin Apple Butter[/url] too!



One Year Ago – Scott’s Pizza Tour – seriously, you should take one, we love Scott!!

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What treat do you splurge on in the store or local fair/etc that you’ve figured out how to make (OR that I should try to figure out how to make for you)? – I know that Rich loves fancy BBQ Sauces, I should try to make them after we get inspired by others (OR we can just continue to support local businesses and buy their delicious sauces, who knows)

PUMPKIN Apple Butter

PUMPKIN Apple Butter


Crock Pot Apple Butter — 56 Comments

  1. I need to get one of those apple corer/peeler/slicers. Every year starting in Oct until the farm store we go to closes around thanksgiving we purchase a peck of apples a week and can homemade sugar free applesauce. It’s delicious and easy to make. I call it accidental applesauce because I wasn’t trying to make applesauce but the crockpot went nuts & had other ideas. You can find the recipe on my site at I’ll definitly be trying your apple butter!

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    • I had no idea Apple Butter could be this easy until actually trying it myself after the research… let me know what you think Vanessa (and there are many recipes I just found for Pumpkin Butter too – yumm)

  3. I am wondering if you have to end up mashing the apples before you put it in jars? Does that question make sense? I love apple butter! I think I will try making it!

    • I mashed it just a little bit to make it smooth – but overall its pretty good! If you want it super smooth take it for a whirl in the blender or immersion blender 🙂

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  6. Question of the day with crock-pot apple butter reply: Candy apples!!! My absolute favorite treat at the fair, circus, parade, Halloween, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and any day that ends in the letters d-a-y! =)

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  8. I am about to turn my slow cooker on. But just o be sure… how much apple cider would you recommen? I used about 22 apples. Thank you!

    • I would say start with about a cup and a half and about 1/2 way through the cooking process check and see how it is… it is pretty forgiving (too dry and add more cider OR too wet and just cook longer). You pretty much can’t go wrong! Let me know how it turns out and what you think 🙂

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  10. Mine is cooking away has been on for 24 hours house smells yummy. Can’t wait to try it tomorrow night. I think I will can some of mine. I am going to do pumpkin butter too soon.
    You mentioned good BBQ sauce from fairs try making it in your crock pot let it cook long and it will get that smokey flavor. I did 4 this summer for different parties the most popular was a blueberry on with fresh picked berries

    • Stacey – I wish that I had some in my crock pot right now, just thinking about the smell is making my mouth water! And I never thought of doing sauces in the Crock Pot, THANKS I will have to look into and try that 🙂

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  12. Mine is cooking away, and smells fantastic! Just wondering – is the difference between apple butter and applesauce the amount of time you cook it? Thanks so much for this recipe!

    • Yes, Apple Butter & Apple Sauce pretty much vary just in the amount of time they are cooked 🙂 Glad you are enjoying the smells, hopefully the taste will continue those smiles!!

  13. To can applesauce it is boiling water bath for 10 to 15 minutes if that helps for people that want to can the applebutter I did apple sauce last year think I will try this next…Thanks for sharing. Could you share the pumpkin butter…

    • Leslieanne – thanks for the feedback on Canning (I’m still scared)!!

      I will have to work on making some Pumpkin Butter… hopefully Stacey will share her recipe. I will see what I can do though 🙂

  14. Does it have to be apple cider? I know it probably does, but I am home all day without a vehicle while the hubby is at work and I have 3 jugs of Apple juice. No cider 🙁 Would that work if I could add some more spice, or brown sugar or something?

    • Libby – I am sure this is a day late to help you out… but Apple Juice should work: it will be a more mild flavor but it will work perfectly fine!!!!

  15. So bummed, this was a giant failure, haha. I made a big batch (in retrospect, I should have started small) and it was ridiculously chunky, so I put it through the blender and that got the chunks out, but the taste is so bitter. I added some sugar and that helped a little but not much. Also it’s not very thick, it’s pretty runny. Any ideas for next time? I am afraid to try this again.

    • Hayley I am so sorry to hear that this did not work out well for you!! It almost sounds to me like it was not cooked enough and that is why it was so chunky and liquidy (the more it cooks, the more everything gets all gooey and yummy and together). Don’t give up though, maybe try again with adding a tiny bit more sugar from the start and allowing it to cook more? Let me know how it goes when you try it again!!

    • Abby, when you add more apples (at the 8-10 hours) you should not need more spices or cider. Play it by ear (or taste-bud) but it should be fine without. Best of Luck, hope you love it!

  16. does it have to be apple cider? I’ve made this recipe once using the apple cider but the rest of the cider then went to waste. I have a juicer and can make fresh apple juice, do you think that would work? Not sure how much it would change the taste or if you really just need a small amount of liquid in there to get it going.

    • Lauren, I am sure that the Juice will be perfect instead of Cider if that is not something that you would otherwise get use out of! You really need the liquid to get it going and the Juice will have a great apple flavor, so it should be fine!

  17. I am making the Apple Butter as I type!!!! The house smells so good… I plan to can mine! I would love to have the crockpot pumpkin butter recipe…. This crockpot Apple Butter is opening up a new way to can my fruit… I think I will try Fig Butter… I have a ton of figs in the freezer… Does anyone have a good Fig or Pumpkin Butter recipe for the crockpot ? Thanks for sharing….

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  19. FYI, if it’s the same as the one I had (and it looks like it is), there is a catch on the peeler part so you can pull it back and core/slice the apple without peeling it. We used to do that for baked apples.

  20. Every Autumn my father-in-law brings me a giant bag of apples from Heckman’s, so this year I decided to try my hand at making apple butter in my crockpot. Of course I headed to Pinterest to search and read through various recipes. Imagine my surprise as I read through your post and spotted two very familiar locations! Sounds like you are right in my backyard!

    • AWESOME – we sure are!! I hope you enjoyed this Apple Butter – I just made another batch for this year and still love it 🙂

      (I think that we should organize some sort of meet-up for the bloggers in the area one of these days)

      • I was telling my mother about finding your blog, and to make it an even smaller world, turns out she is friends with your mom! They worked together at PV, and ypur mom even came to my wedding!

        • Kristin, it IS a small world – called my mom to figure out if I “knew” you. So even smaller world – Megan and I used to hang out in our Mom’s Room when I was in Middle School & she was in High School!!

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    • You got it! That is a tried & true method (and then you get a bit more of the nutrition out of this recipe)!! That is what I did with my Apple Pumpkin Butter this year (and my corer/slicer makes this whole process take just minutes)!

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  26. Could you tell me what kind of apples you used? I picked Golden Delicious and Rome yesterday and am using some of the Rome to make applesauce. Thanks!

    • Jaime – the nice thing about this is that ANY type of Apples will work! Go ahead and use a mix of the two to get some of the best apple flavors around!

  27. So I’m making the apple butter and it’s been going for about 30 hours but still looks fairly watery and kinda chunky. I’ve had the lid off for a few hours to try and evaporate some of it. Should I keep it going with the kid off or put it back on and let it continue to cook? I was hoping it would end up a bit thicker.

    • Hmmm – not sure why it would still be watery. Stir it more to help make it smoother? I wonder if your crock pot cooks at that much of a lower temperature, do you normally have to cook things for longer? I would keep it on low with the lid cracked for another few hours and then let it set to thicken up a bit? Continue to stir and as it cooks/evaporates I am sure it will turn out just right!! Best of luck… let me know how it works out for you Cassie!

      • Hi,
        Im planning on making for first time. Can you tell me how much of everything I need to make 12 pints? Everyone wants some lol.

        • If your crock pot was FULL when you finished it, you would probably get about the 12 pints you need, but it is reduced down (by about half?) when you are done cooking – so I would suggest making two batches (grab a friend and their crock pot or just turn this into a weekend of amazing scents)!

          (check out this PUMPKIN Apple Butter too!)

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