Apple Butter in the Oven


For this oven-made recipe, I went apple picking and knew I wanted to make apple butter, but I also knew I didn't want to stir it for hours on the stove. I was glad to find recipes for baking it at a low temperature instead. I adapted one I found to make this spiced, not-too-sweet treat! I like it on toast or over oatmeal. Keep refrigerated for a few days, or freeze for later use.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
5 cups


  • 4 pounds apples - peeled, cored, and chopped

  • 2 cups apple cider

  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 pinch kosher salt

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 star anise

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 3 whole allspice berries

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Combine apples, apple cider, brown sugar, and salt in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and allspice. Bring to a simmer. Cover partially and cook until apples are soft, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).

  3. Remove whole spices from the pot with a slotted spoon. Reserve cinnamon and star anise; discard cloves and allspice. Purée apples with an immersion blender until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and return cinnamon and star anise to the pot.

  4. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven, stirring every 30 minutes, until apple butter thickens and deepens in color, about 3 hours. Let cool completely. Discard cinnamon and star anise before transferring to airtight containers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

47 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 56mg 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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