Crockpot Apple Butter

Sam begs for Crockpot Apple Butter

Nu-uh, I'm not sharing this time Sam

My extended family has a long love affair with apple butter. Making it is a semi-annual tradition that requires a full day’s work and results in a LOT of final product.  Read and I currently lack the friends, firewood pile, and pantry space to make the recipe I grew up with, so here’s a lazy-apartment-dweller’s variation that I tried last week. It’s quick, easy, and tastes pretty much like the stuff we slow cook over an open fire. Try it!!

Before: Crockpot Apple Butter

Fill your crockpot 3/4 full of peeled, sliced apples. Add 2.5 cups of white sugar, 1 cup of cider, and 1 tsp of cinammon.

Before: Crockpot Apple Butter

Set the crockpot on medium/low, sit back, and relax! This photo was taken after 6 hrs of cooking.

After: Crockpot apple butter

Okay okay, so I understand that this doesn't look incredibly appetizing. But I swear to you, it tastes SO GOOD. After taking the above photo, I cooked the apple butter for about 6 more hours, just to make sure the apples were all broken down and the spread would be nice and thick.

Teddy's new perch

Teddy, newly self-appointed Recycling Bin Captain, watches from his post

Processing the jars of apple butter

To prolong the shelf life of your apple butter, process the jars in a boiling water bath for about 20 minutes. Make sure the jars are hot when you fill them with apple butter from the crockpot.




  1. Jenna · November 30, 2010

    Oooh, thanks for sharing. I made apple butter with a friend recently, but ours turned out kind of watery, more like apple sauce. I’ll have to remember your recipe whenever we decide to give it a second try!

    • foxflat · December 1, 2010

      My great aunt said her attempt last year turned out watery too. Lemme know if you try this recipe and how it turns out!

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