Crock Pot Apple Butter

Crockpot apple butter:

Apple butter in the crock pot is easy to make, and it is super-tasty. Try it on a turkey sandwich or english muffin bread!

10 or more apples (I used Fuji apples this time)
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt

Wash a bunch of apples. Don’t these look delicious?
Crockpot apple butter:

Cut off the tops and bottoms, since that makes them easier to peel. Save the trimmings and peels for your compost. I like to put the scrap bowl in an open drawer so it’s lower and easier to peel into.

Crockpot apple butter:

Once they’re peeled and cored, enlist your Noble Assistant to chop the apples. Butter knives are strongly recommended (as well as an extra apple or two for him to eat).

Crockpot apple butter:

Chop and chop until the crockpot is full. Then add the sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. No liquid is needed!

Crockpot apple butter:

Stir carefully and cover. Cook on High for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Then turn down to Low and cook for 9 hours, stirring occasionally, until dark brown.

Crockpot apple butter:

If there are any lumps, use an immersion blender to smooth everything out. If it’s not thick enough, cook for an additional hour with the lid off. Pour into a canning jar (I like these) and refrigerate or freeze. Yum!

28 thoughts on “Crock Pot Apple Butter

  1. Deb

    So glad you posted this…I have a question. I made apple butter in the crock pot last week (first time ever) I cooked it on low for about 14 hours and it still didn’t thicken up very much. Suggestions??? I did end up canning it and we’ll still use it, but I was kinda disappointed, I thought it would be thicker. Does it thicken up more after it cools??? Thanks for your help :)

    btw, yours looks very yummy!

  2. Rachel B.

    I’m making my second batch of this today. I like adding the sugar last because I use a nice varitey of apples from a basket of blemished ones at the orchard. The first time I made this I canned three 1/2 pint jars. Now I’ve doubled it. Fuji apples, could explain by my 10 apples did not equal your 10 apples lol
    Very good recipe!

  3. Brown Thumb Mama

    Deb–glad you tried it! A lot depends on the water content of the apples, but it should thicken up more after it cools. If it’s too thin to spread, stir it into your oatmeal or pour on waffles. Mmmm, waffles…

    Rachel–thanks! This could easily be more than 10 apples. Jackjack was eating them as fast as I could peel them. We chopped until the crockpot was full.

  4. Anyonita

    Oh, this apple butter looks amazing! I LOVE that you made it in the crockpot! I’ve been wanting to make apple butter for ages! Thank you so much for liking up to the Play With Your Food Challenge! We’ll be announcing the winner tonight. Also, I’ve pinned this recipe :)

    1. Pam Post author

      It doesn’t have enough acid to be canned by water bath, but you might be able to pressure can it. I just freeze any excess until we need it!

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    1. Pam Post author

      I haven’t made it without sugar, but if your apples are sweet I bet it would be fine. Maybe add a little extra cinnamon?


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