I decided I wanted to attempt to make apple butter for the first time, so I searched everywhere for a recipe. There were so many to choose from, that I was confused on which one to pick, so I decided to take bits and pieces from a few of the best ones and come up with my own version. The result is 'Amazing Apple Butter.'

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 hrs 25 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
10 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
6 cups
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine apples and apple juice in a stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook at a simmer until apples are soft and mushy, 20 to 30 minutes.

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  • Spoon apples into a food mill and process into puree while discarding the cores and peels remaining in the mill. Transfer process apples to a slow cooker.

  • Cook on High with the lid off until the moisture evaporates and the volume reduces by about half, overnight to 24 hours.

  • Stir sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice through the apple puree.

  • Continue cooking on High until mixture mounds on a chilled plate without any water separating from the edges, another 2 to 6 hours.

  • Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the apple butter into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.

  • Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.

Cook's Note:

Use this recipe and adjust the temperature setting and cook time based on your slow cooker. You may need a lower setting to avoid scorching and you may need more or less time simmering to reach the desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

75 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 19.7g 6% DV; fat 0.2g; cholesterolmg; sodium 1.7mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2015
Just like it says Amazing Apple Butter! and so easy!...I had never attempted apple butter before but so amazed how it turned out....I used Jonagold apples recommended by produce person....recipe is perfect as it!... Made 3 batches and everyone wants some....Will definitely make again next year Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2016
The flavor is excellent but my apple butter kept burning in my crockpot. I am not looking forward to cleaning it. I don't know if my crockpot heat on high is hotter than some but I made sure to scrape out the burnt spots. Again you end up with a great flavor but overnight up to 24 hours seems way too long at that heat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2015
Just like it says Amazing Apple Butter! and so easy!...I had never attempted apple butter before but so amazed how it turned out....I used Jonagold apples recommended by produce person....recipe is perfect as it!... Made 3 batches and everyone wants some....Will definitely make again next year Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2015
I would suggest follow the recipe exact but use different apples. I used granny smith fuji johnna gold and sometimes I throw in a pear. The flavor is soo good.try it once I am sure you will like it. nonna Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2016
The flavor is excellent but my apple butter kept burning in my crockpot. I am not looking forward to cleaning it. I don't know if my crockpot heat on high is hotter than some but I made sure to scrape out the burnt spots. Again you end up with a great flavor but overnight up to 24 hours seems way too long at that heat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2016
I got 6 half pints out of this recipe soooo easy making apple butter in the crock pot because I don't have to worry about scorching it. I have had to throw away whole batches due to scorching. There is nothing better on biscuits from the oven. I thought this recipe was too light on the spices but after cooking it spices are spot on and the apple flavor shines! Truly amazing.. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2019
Actually made as directed lil heavy handed on spices. Took lot longer in crock pot to cook down than I expected might try stove top next time but Abble Butter was so Amazing family raved.! But I would likecto Thank mostly for eady step by step canning instructions!! It was my first tryed other sites. But for me yours was so easy to understand. Turned out great going to make more for gifts. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2020
Just finished canning this apple butter and it truly is amazing. So easy and the texture is perfect. Let it simmer overnight in my slow cooker. It did not scorch and by mid-morning it was ready to can. Only change I made was to add a little more cinnamon than the recipe calls for. Love that it is so low in refined sugar compared to other recipes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2018
Turned out great will make again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2019
I made about 20 small jars of this apple butter and 10 fresh loaves of bread cut lengthwise to give me 2 loaves out of each. These were then given as Christmas gifts to all my family. They loved it so much some wanted the recipe. I had a slice of homemade bread spread some peanut butter on it and then this apple butter and it took me back to my childhood days. Thank you for this recipe so yummy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2017
I am making it again now! This time I have added some pears as I needed to use them before they spoiled. Smells and tastes great! Read More