This is the ultimate apple butter recipe given to me by a former English teacher who loves to cook. It reminds me of fall and tastes heavenly. It's sweet, but not too sweet. It is just perfect. It tastes great on muffins, pancakes and vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
3 hrs
additional:
1 hr
total:
4 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
3 pints
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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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  • In a large saucepan, bring apple juice concentrate, apple cider, and Macintosh apples to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Stirring occasionally, simmer uncovered about 1 hour, until apples are easily mashed.

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  • Mix dark brown sugar, apple brandy, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves into the apple mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Transfer to sealed sterile containers, and cool at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

60 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 13.9g 5% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 3.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2007
I loved the taste of this apple butter! Really nice. (I did it without the apple brandy and used apple cider instead.) I also used a handheld mixer to make the texture creamier. The original serving size, 96 serv., will make 15 half-pint containers. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/01/2010
I expected out-of-the-ordinary taste and texture given the ingredients list. But mine just tasted like the usual apple butter. To be honest I had to substitute "Apple Jack" for the brandy. The only apple brandy I could find was Calvados and at 50 a bottle it just wasn't going to happen! Read More
(13)
95 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 81
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2007
I loved the taste of this apple butter! Really nice. (I did it without the apple brandy and used apple cider instead.) I also used a handheld mixer to make the texture creamier. The original serving size, 96 serv., will make 15 half-pint containers. Read More
(131)
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2005
This apple butter is amazing! I multiplied the recipe by 7, making 21 jars to give as Christmas gifts-I was peeling, chopping and cooking ALL day! The aroma in my house was incredible-my husband said he was hit by a 'wave of apple heaven' when he walked in from work. The only complaint we have is the cost of the apple brandy. To make 21 jars we spent $40 on brandy- it's great apple butter, but maybe I'll use 1/2 and 1/2 cider and brandy next time to cut our cost. I also changed the spice amounts- I reduced the ginger to 3/4 tsp., upped the amount of cinnamon to 1 1/2 tsp., kept the cloves the same, and added 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and two pinches of cardamom per recipe. Lastly, I chopped my apples coarsely, and think next time I'll chop them finer-or when the recipe says 'cooked until easily mashed' I'll mash them-the recipe wasn't specific about that. Thankfully, I had my boat motor (hand blender), and I just pureed it when it was all done cooking. Great recipe, thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2005
Very tasty recipe, but one can NOT stress the importance of watching it carefully throughout the cooking process. I followed the recipe religiously and badly scorched my first batch. Also, I would suggest straining the apple mixture through either a fine/medium China Cap sieve, foley food mill or even a potato ricer to give it that perfect consistancy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
This recipe is wonderful. I subsituted apple brandy for apple cider because I couldnt find the brandy and it tastes heavenly. It is very popular in my house. Definitely something to put on the table for Thanksgiving dinner rolls! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2006
Used a slow cooker-- on low for about 6 hours-- and it turned out great. Couldn't find apple brandy in our area so substituted regular brandy. Was a waste of booze the regular brandy didn't change/add to the flavor (would have been ahead to drink it!). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2004
I was raised in the south where apple butter is big. This is by far the best I have ever eaten. It is delicious apple butter with a little kick from the brandy and the spices. Everyone in my family loved it and I plan on making more to give as Christmas gifts. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe unless it would be to double or triple it because it won't last long. It's great on biscuits toast or anything for that matter. Thank you so much for the recipe. It's a keeper and I plan on making it for years to come. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2007
Very flavorful apple butter. I used core recipe. Left apple skins on used brandy tweaked the spices. Used raw apple juice from farmers market. Put in crock pot and when I got home from work it was ready for jars. Hubby says it's one of the best apple butters he has tasted. I agree. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2005
i must say this apple butter is So good. if you are looking for a recipe this is it. i did what the other person said - used apple juice instead of apple brandy and it was WONDERFUL! thank you whoever made this! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/24/2005
I give the taste a 5 and the texture a 2.5 - 3. The texture was more like a very thick applesauce than a true apple butter. The taste was wonderful after I tweaked the spices - just a dash of ginger 1/2 t allspice and 1 1/2 t cinnamon. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/01/2010
I expected out-of-the-ordinary taste and texture given the ingredients list. But mine just tasted like the usual apple butter. To be honest I had to substitute "Apple Jack" for the brandy. The only apple brandy I could find was Calvados and at 50 a bottle it just wasn't going to happen! Read More
(13)
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