How to Make Amazing Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker

How to Make Amazing Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker

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Have you ever wanted to make your own apple butter? Well, now you can with this amazing slow cooker recipe. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also incredibly delicious. Trust us, once you try this apple butter, you’ll never go back to the store-bought kind again. Read on to find out how to make it and why it’s so amazing.

How to Make Amazing Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker

What is Apple Butter?

Apple butter is a thick, spreadable condiment made from cooked apples, sugar, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s popularly used as a spread on toast, pancakes, or waffles, but can also be added to sauces for pork dishes or used as an ingredient in pies and other desserts.

Why Make Apple Butter in a Slow Cooker?

Making apple butter in the slow cooker is easy and hands-off, which means you don’t have to stir or pay close attention while it’s cooking. It also keeps the kitchen cool since you don’t need to turn on your oven. And because it develops its unique flavor over hours of gentle simmering, the slow cooker is the perfect tool for making it.

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Our slow cooker apple butter recipe is the perfect way to enjoy fall flavors

Fall is a magical time of year, and what better way to capture the unique flavors of this season than with our slow cooker apple butter recipe? All you’ll need are a few simple ingredients like apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, plus the trusty convenience of your slow cooker.

Whether you decide to spread some on toast for breakfast or serve it up as a side dish for dinner, this easy apple butter will have the whole family turning their noses up at store-bought varieties.

Fortunately, since our recipe requires so little hands-on attention, it won’t take long for you to start experiencing the delectable results of your efforts.

The taste? Pure autumnal perfection! For a truly delicious treat that could rival any fancy restaurant’s version, grab your slow cooker and get eating! You won’t regret it.

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What kinds of apples are best to use?

When it comes to making apple butter, any type of apple will work. However, some varieties are better suited for the job than others. For example, Fuji apples have a sweet flavor and tender texture that make them ideal for use in this recipe. Other good choices include Honeycrisp and Gala apples.

Whichever type you choose, make sure to select ones that are fresh, ripe, and free of blemishes.

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The recipe is easy to follow and doesn’t require any special ingredients

If you’re looking for a delicious recipe that won’t intimidate you, this is it! The instructions are straightforward and easy-to-follow, so even the most novice of home cooks will feel empowered to give it a go. Best of all, no special ingredients are needed – just one trip to the store and you’ll have everything required at hand.

Whether your pantry is bare or overflowing with exotic delicacies, this simple dish can be assembled without stress or fuss. So if your mealtime skills are more meager than masterful – don’t despair; simply follow the recipe and you’ll be able to whip something up that looks and tastes great in no time! No special training or fancy ingredients are required! How’s that for a win?

Apple butter can be used in a variety of ways, from spreading on toast to adding to oatmeal

There are few things as versatile as apple butter: spread it on toast, use it to top pancakes, stir it into oatmeal for a hint of sweetness, or even as a secret ingredient to add extra zing to savory dishes – the options truly are endless!

Of course, baking recipes abound with opportunities for adding a jar of apple butter– desserts like cakes and bars both benefit from its robust flavor and creamy texture.

And when you don’t feel like creating something from scratch, the humble sandwich isn’t off limits either – simply add a layer of delicious apple butter spread onto your bread of choice.

So why not get creative and unlock the potential of a timeless flavor that can be found in every jar of apple butter? From plain toast to pancakes and pies, you never know how far you can go until you make it so. This once unassuming pantry staple is just waiting for its renaissance.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Ingredients:

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Ingredients:

  • Apples – any kind really, we used gala because they are my kid’s favorite
  • Brown sugar – it has a better layer of flavor than white sugar
  • Cinnamon – adds a great depth of flavor
  • Nutmeg – adds a subtle, sweet flavor
  • Ground cloves – adds a warm, earthy flavor
  • Salt – helps bring out the flavors of the other ingredients

Preparation Instructions:

The slow cooker method means that you can set it and forget it, making it the perfect hands-off recipe. The slow cooker method is a cook’s dream come true. Instead of standing over a hot stove all day, you can simply chop up the ingredients, throw them in the pot and enjoy a delicious dish hours later – with hardly any effort whatsoever!

Taking advantage of this low and slow cooking technique means that you can set it and forget it for stress-free recipes. The convenience and consistent results make it an excellent choice for busy cooks looking for a hands-off recipe.

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Peel and slice your apples

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Place the sliced apples in the slow cooker

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Sprinkle on brown sugar and spices

Stir until well combined

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Cover and cook on high for 5 hours

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Use an immersion blender until the butter is smooth

Serve, share, and enjoy!

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Tip: If the apple butter has too much liquid, remove the lid and cook on high until of desired consistency.

This apple butter is so good that you’ll want to make a double batch!

If you haven’t made homemade apple butter yet, then you’re in for a real treat! It is so good that you will be begging to make a double batch. Buttery, smooth, and filled with the sweet flavor of cinnamon sugar apples, this old-fashioned treat will become your favorite fall snack.

The subtle hints of spice mix with a rich apple taste, making it the perfect accompaniment for toast, biscuits, or pancakes. If you’re feeling adventurous, use it as an ice cream topping or even pour it over waffles.

However you choose to use it, this apple butter is sure to be a hit at any family gathering — no one can resist a second helping! So don’t wait — get started on your double batch today and enjoy every delicious bite!

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Ways to switch the recipe up:

  • If you’re feeling adventurous, you can easily switch up this recipe to make it your own.
  • Try adding other fruits like pears or apricots for a unique flavor twist
  • For a touch of heat, add some chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • Add some crunchy texture with chopped nuts or dried fruit
  • For a burst of color and flavor, don’t forget the fresh herbs
Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Crock Pot Apple Butter

crock pot apple butter

This recipe is SOOOO easy and SOOOO yummy! The best part is the fact that the end product freezes beautifully.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes


  • Approx. 3-4 lb. apples
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • Dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Fill crock pot 3/4 full of peeled, cored sliced apples.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until evenly mixed.
  3. Cover and cook on low overnight.
  4. If butter has too much liquid, remove lid and cook on high until of desired consistency.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 518Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 136gFiber: 13gSugar: 116gProtein: 1g

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7 thoughts on “How to Make Amazing Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker

    • We LOVE this time of the year for recipes like this! Have you tried Zickert’s Apples near Deerfield/Marshall? It’s close to Sun Prairie (on highway 73 between Deerfield and the interstate ramp) and wouldn’t be a drive from your house. Apples are .25 per pound. We usually stock up, and plan to make a trip there this Summer. I hope it’s still open this year – the farmer is over 90 yrs. old. Great recipes and advice is usually given when you purchase all the apples. 🙂

    • We have apple trees in the back yard but they only produce every other year…this, not being the year, so no major plans for big (30#+) apple baking this year. Although — 30# at that price would only be $7.50.

      Usually we make apple sauce, apple butter and a lot of apple and caramel apple pies for the freezer along with cream cheese apple bars!

    • Is there a apple style that works best? Granny smith? red delicious?

    • We like to use a mixture of Granny Smith, Johnathans, Roma, and Red Delicious. It’s all to your taste, of course………and which varities are available in your area.

    • I was super excited to go to the Zickert apple place in Deerfield! Thank you for the tip and I got lucky to get a bushel of apples (they were wind fallen from the day before) for $3, for the whole bushel! But still, $.25 per lb was AMAZING!

    • AWESOME Tara — enjoy the yummies that I know you will make!

    • Does this just into containers and is frozen then? I am new to the whole canning, preserving thing.

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