Fruit Butter Recipes

Apple butter is not the only one - try pumpkin butter, pear butter, plum butter, strawberry butter and more with trusted recipes and cooking tips.

Staff Picks

Blueberry Apple Butter

Rating: 4.67 stars
Spread made with blueberries and cooking apples, such as Gala or Granny Smith.

Apple Pear Sauce

Rating: 4.74 stars
Pear applesauce? Papplesauce? Appearsauce? When the apple-pear sauce is served warm, you will not need any additional sugar. As it cools it loses some of the natural sweetness, and you might want to add sugar to taste.

Apple Butter Cream Cheese Spread

Rating: 5 stars
This delicious spread is great for a fall or winter day.

Amazing Apple Butter

Rating: 4.85 stars
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.'

All-Day Apple Butter

Rating: 4.72 stars
This tasty apple butter is a real slow cooker, but well worth the wait. Depending on the sweetness of the apples used, the amount of sugar may be adjusted to taste.

Chef John's Apple Butter

Rating: 4.85 stars
Move over, apple sauce. Apple butter is basically a spreadable apple pie filling, only better. Though cooking time is long, it's super easy and pretty hands-free. Pair it with some sharp Cheddar on a cheese plate, or slather it onto cheesy biscuits (see footnote). Other approved uses include spreading between the layers of a spice cake, filling seasonably appropriate thumbprint cookies, or even as a condiment for pork chops.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Rating: 4.75 stars
Forget it and leave it.

Apple Butter for the Slow Cooker

Rating: 4.68 stars
Slow cooker apple butter. Friends have told me it is THE BEST ever! We name ours 'Panther Butter' for our local high school football team!

Apple Butter Recipe

Rating: 4.83 stars
Apple butter that can be altered in a pinch!

Supreme Apple Butter

Rating: 4.82 stars
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.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter

Rating: 4.07 stars
A slow cooker, easy recipe for pumpkin butter using fresh pumpkin. Tastes so yummy you'll forget that it's low in sugar as well!

Spiced Persimmon Butter

Rating: 4.83 stars
Cooked in a slow cooker, this is an easy and excellent way to use the fruit of a Fuyu persimmon tree. Spicy and full of natural sweetness, the jars make wonderful gifts or keep well in the refrigerator for one's own use. This spread is used just like jelly or apple butter and it is especially delicious on a hearty whole grain toasted bread.

Inspiration and Ideas

Plum Apple Butter with Agave

Rating: Unrated
"Awesome! Made as written and loved it. The ginger is really nice in this." – Buckwheat Queen

All-Day Apple Butter

Rating: Unrated
"This is the most wonderful apple butter! I use about 5 pounds of Golden Delicious apples and 2 cups of sugar. Perfect—the exact right amount of sweetness!" – Photogallie

Reduced Sugar Spiced Apple Butter

Rating: 4.89 stars

I was tired of finding apple butter recipes with more sugar than apples, so I adapted a few and perfected it. This recipe makes the house smell fantastic and tastes like fall. Enjoy! If you do not have an immersion blender: allow cooked apples to cool, transfer to a regular blender, and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the flavor. If the texture is too liquidy still, return to slow cooker and allow it to reduce for about another hour more. This recipe is really about adjusting to your taste. If you like a lighter color, cook it less. If you want it highly spiced, throw on the cloves, etc. This recipe freezes well.