Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Let’s make your home smell like autumn AND give you a tasty treat.  Today’s recipe is an extremely easy apple butter made in your slow cooker.  Put everything in and let it cook for hours.  The result is a yummy spread that can be used in so many ways this fall and winter. I like it best simply on homemade biscuits.  You can also spread it between layers of a cake. Use it as a condiment for pork chops or pork roast. It is fabulous to use on fall thumbprint cookies. Have a cheese tray with sharp cheddar and crackers and apple butter on the side at your next party. Yum!



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I’m using mostly Macintosh apples but you can use any good cooking apple like Jonathon and Granny Smith. Add a couple of Galas, Golden Delicious, Fuji, or Honey Crisp apples for a little natural sweetness. A combination of apples will give you a more complex flavor. The amount of sugar used will depend on the natural sweetness of the apples. Add about a cup and then taste test. Adjust as needed.







Do the saucer test to see if it is done. Put a saucer in the freezer an hour or so before your butter is ready. After taking the cold saucer out, put a small teaspoon of the butter on the plate. If your butter is runny, then keep cooking, you are  not ready to jar it up. Once it mounds up and trust me you will know what I mean when you see it, then you can jar that yummy goodness.  Small 4 oz jars of homemade apple butter make a superb Thanksgiving hostess gift or Christmas gifts.






Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Use organic when available, makes about 3 pints


Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword apple butter


  • 5 lb apples cored, peeled, and chopped small
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract


  • Check apples for bruises or bad spots and cut away before chopping or discard mushy apples
  • Add all ingredients except vanilla into slow cooker or crock pot
  • Stir well
  • Cover and cook on low about 10  hours
  • Stir occasionally
  • Remove lid, add vanilla, stir, and let cook uncovered for two hours to thicken slightly
  • Stir every 30 minutes of last hour
  • Use immersion blender until smooth and free of lumps
  • Or cool and use regular blender in batches
  • Store apple butter in covered sterile glass jars in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
  • Optional freeze for longer use



Now think of all the ways you can enjoy it!






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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

36 thoughts to “Slow Cooker Apple Butter”

  1. Carol,
    This looks so good! I have not had apple butter since I was a kid!! Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment!!

  2. This looks so good and I would love to try this. Can you tell me how you go about freezing it? Is a sealer a good option for that? This will make such cute gifts as well. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. You have literally made my day to see this!! We have 3 apple trees in our garden and we haven’t been on top of picking them for storage this year thanks to flu- this gives me ideas of how to make the most of them other than chopping and freezing for crumbles/pies! Thank you!! #MMBC

  4. I can imagine this would go great with cheese and crackers. I have to give this a go! Also, my favourite type of receipt is for the slow cooker. #MMBC

    1. I’d like to know what you think if you give it a try. Slow cookers mean you don’t have to watch for burning while it cooks.

  5. This is s a great idea! I make homemade applesauce but this would be fun to try. I saw your link on the try-it link party—thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Amy. I visited your blog and like your post on Halloween movies. There are lots of family favorites there but I couldn’t find your comment button. Sorry! Thanks for visiting!

  6. Why have I not made this before! Thanks ever so much for sharing this Carol. we have so many apple trees round here and I will definitely be trying this one.
    Pinning for later. x

  7. I can definitely think of lots of ways to use your lovely apple butter, Carol! I also think it will make the house smell lovely when it’s cooking! Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there!

    1. Thank you for featuring my apple butter April! I’m always happy to visit you each Monday but this makes my visit extra special.

  8. Hi Carol!
    Your applebutter looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your posts on Farm Fresh Tuesdays!
    I’m featuring this recipe tonight, Congrats!
    I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week. 🙂

  9. I’ve never had apple butter, but it sounds so delicious. I’ve pinned it to try later.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week Carol. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow night’s party.

  10. YUM, looks good! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 12 for Crock Pot and Instant Pot Recipes, open February 28 to March 10. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.

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