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


Recipe Summary

40 mins
4 hrs 20 mins
12 hrs
17 hrs
10 1/2-pint jars


Original recipe yields 80 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and cloves in a slow cooker.

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

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

  • 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 new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  • 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.

  • 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 the 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.

  • 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.

Easy Cleanup

Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup

Nutrition Facts

62 calories; protein 0.5g; carbohydrates 14.3g; fat 0.7g; cholesterol 0.5mg; sodium 27.8mg. Full Nutrition