Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Butter


Apple butter with a creamy caramel saltiness. I like to use mixed apples for this dish. The longer the apple butter cooks, the darker it gets, and the smaller the yield.

close up view of Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Butter on a sliced English muffin, on parchment paper
Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
17 hrs
10 1/2-pint jars


  • 6 pounds apples - peeled, cored, and cut into small cubes

  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 (11 ounce) packages individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped


  1. Combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and cloves in a slow cooker.

  2. Cook on High until apples are tender enough to easily mash with a fork, 3 to 5 hours. Purée apple mixture with an immersion blender until smooth.

  3. Microwave unwrapped caramels in a microwave-safe dish until melted, about 30 seconds. Add to slow cooker and cook for 1 to 2 hours.

  4. Inspect ten 8-ounce jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water for at least 5 minutes. Wash the new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  5. Pack 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 residue. Top with lids, and screw-on rings.

  6. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 10 minutes.

  7. Remove the jars from the stockpot and let rest, several inches apart, for 12 to 24 hours. Press the center of each lid with a finger to ensure the lid does not move up or down. Remove the rings for storage and store in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

62 Calories
1g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 80
Calories 62
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 58mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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