Nothing is more cozy and delightful during the crisp, autumn months than a heaping spoonful of homemade apple butter. This delicious treat is the perfect way to spruce up a morning toast, drizzle over a savory pork dish, or warm up a hot bowl of oatmeal. With this simple crockpot recipe, you’ll be able to enjoy the sweet and savory flavors of homemade apple butter in just a few hours. In this article, we’ll discuss the health benefits of apple butter, the ingredients you’ll need to make it, and the methods for creating the perfect apple butter that will become a regular recipe in your home. So, whether you’re an experienced home cook or just a beginner, you’ll love this recipe for crockpot apple butter.
In our house, we love everything apples! From our apple pie bread to our apple toffee dump cake we love it all! But one of our all-time favorites is apple butter. If you have never tried to make homemade apple butter it is definitely time.
This crock pot apple butter is simple to make and will make your house smell heavenly as it cooks.
Although this recipe cooks for hours in the crock pot it only takes a few minutes or prep… I promise you will love it and want to make it all the time.
If you are looking for a quicker apple butter recipe you will want to try our Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe.
What is apple butter?
What if I told you that apple butter actually does not contain any butter?
Apple butter is basically really thick applesauce (but smooth) that caramelizes and thickens thanks to the natural apple sugars as well as the added sugar. As it cooks it continues to thicken and becomes a spreadable “butter like consistency.” It has an intense apple flavor that you will love.
What apples are best for apple butter?
When selecting your apples for apple butter you will want to pick a sweeter apple. We like to use Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, or red.
If your apples are a little on the sweeter side you can use a little less sugar.
How to make apple butter
- Add into your crockpot, your apples, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, vanilla & salt. Toss to coat.
- Cook on high for 1 hour.
- After one hour switch to low and cook for 10 hours stirring occasionally.
- Using an immersion blender to blend to your desired consistency.
- Turn your crockpot off
- Allow apple butter to cool for 30 minutes.
- Move to airtight jars. Store in the refrigerator.
Tips Tricks and FAQs
- When apple butter cooks all day it will be a chunky consistency. Using your immersion blender or running it through a blender will make it smooth.
- Leave your skins on your apples. This adds to the flavor and helps thicken your butter.
You will want to store your apple butter in an airtight jar in the fridge. When properly stored it will last about 1 month.
If you make a big batch of crockpot apple butter you can easily store it in the freezer. Once cooled, place it in a freezer-safe airtight container and place in the freezer.
I like to store in several smaller containers so I can pull one out at a time when needed and it will stay fresh longer.
You can expect your homemade apple butter to last about 1 year in the freezer.
For more apple recipes, try these!
Apple butter is a delicious homemade treat that you can easily spread on all your favorite things. This simple crockpot apple butter will become a fall favorite in your home in no time.
- 4 lbs Apples, any sweet like Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Red, etc. Washed,
- quartered and cored
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/8 TSP Salt
- 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
- Place apples into your crockpot.
- Add in the cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, salt & vanilla extract.
- Mix to combine.
- Cook on HIGH for 1 hour.
- Then switch to LOW for 10 hours. Stir occasionally.
- Use an immersion blender to reach the desired butter consistency
- Your final consistency should be smooth and a nice dark color. Much darker than applesauce color.
**This resulted in approximately 4 cups of apple butter
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g