Homemade Apple Butter


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This Homemade Apple Butter recipe is velvety, rich, and tastes like apple pie!

Perfect on top of a homemade biscuit or roll, a slice of toast, or even by the spoonful, you’ll love the spiced apple flavor, with just enough sweetness of this homemade apple butter to keep you coming back for more.

In the past, I’ve only made apple butter crockpot style (those directions will be in the recipe notes section), which is great when I remember to plan ahead.  Buuuuut if you’re like me, sometimes the mood for apple butter strikes you when you didn’t put everything in the slow cooker hours ago.

You may be wondering about how to make apple butter on the stove, and this is one of the best apple butter recipes and can be made in about an hour or hour and a half. That may seem like a long cooking time, but a lot of it is hands off and with this easy apple butter recipe, it can cook while you work on other things, like maybe make some Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits or even sit back and enjoy a Raspberry Mimosa (or Mocktail).

Apple butter in blender to be pureed

If you’ve never had apple butter, you might be wondering what the heck it is!

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN APPLESAUCE AND APPLE BUTTER

They’re both similarly flavored, and made by cooking apples with spices and some sugar until tender.  But where apple butter differs is that instead of stopping when it’s nice and saucy, you continue to cook it down until it becomes darker in color, more concentrated, thick, and glossy.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH APPLE BUTTER

Honestly my favorite thing to do with apple butter is grab a spoon and dig in!  However, spreading some on a slice of toast or a freshly baked biscuit or homemade dinner roll is a VERY close second.  I know a lot of people use it to bake with (like apple butter bars or apple butter pumpkin pie), and it’s even used in sauces (such as ribs or glazed over a ham).  It’s pretty versatile!

Spoonful of spiced apple butter

You might be wondering if apple butter is healthy, since it’s made from apples.  Apple butter ingredients are fairly basic, but sadly, it’s pretty high in sugar, and therefore calories. That said, it does contain some fiber from the apples themselves.  I wouldn’t put it in your list of diet-approved foods just yet, but it’s wonderful for a treat!

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HOW LONG BEFORE APPLE BUTTER GOES BAD

That answer depends on how you’re storing it.  If you are canning apple butter in sterilized jars, it should keep just about indefinitely.  In the refrigerator, it’ll last several weeks to a month.  In the freezer, about 4-6 months.

Apple butter spread on toast

When you’re craving a taste of Fall, any time of year, pick up a bag of apples from the grocery store and whip up a batch of this easy homemade apple butter!  For other amazing apple recipes check out this old-fashioned apple crisp or these caramel apple pie bars!

Spoonful of spiced apple butter
4.7 from 10 votes
Review Recipe

Homemade Apple Butter

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 48 tablespoons (1 serving = 1 tablespoon)
Author Amanda Batcher
Rich spiced apple butter made on the stovetop.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds sweet apples (fuji, braeburn, red delicious, golden delicious, etc)
  • cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup apple juice or cider

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Instructions

  • Peel, core and chop apples.  Add all ingredients to a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot.  Stir well, then heat over MED heat until apples are soft, about 20 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture.  Alternatively, transfer the mixture to a regular blender and puree, then pour back into the same pot.
  • Cook over LOW heat for approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent spattering, until apple butter has thickened to desired consistency.
  • Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Apple butter can be frozen as well.

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields approximately 3 - 3 ½ cups.
SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS
To make crockpot apple butter, fill 6 quart or larger slow cooker with all ingredients (except the apple juice) and stir well.
Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours (overnight works well for this).  Puree with immersion blender or transfer to a blender to puree.  
To thicken, add apple butter back to slow cooker and cook on LOW, uncovered, until apple butter thickens to your liking.  Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and scorching on the bottom of the slow cooker.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 36, Carbohydrates: 9g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 38mg, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 15IU, Vitamin C: 1.5mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword apple butter
Course Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. Delicious, great recipe. My favorite way to enjoy apple butter is about a tablespoon in with a half a cup of cottage cheese, delicious very diet friendly.5 stars

  2. This is a great recipe. I love my immersion blender for it. I’m on my second batch of crockpot version. I left out the cloves because I didn’t have ground, only whole. I used the 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, but at the end I felt it needed more brightening so I added juice and zest of half an orange. It was perfect!! I’m bookmarking this, it’s a keeper!!5 stars

  3. I have made this in the crock pot twice this season already! It is a huge hit with all who try it. I don’t use cloves, bump the cinnamon up a bit, and throw in an extra apple when I think I’m done (just for good measure). Turn the crock on high for 3-4 hours until tender, turn to low, and mash with potato masher a few times as it thickens. I would not be able to get the mixture in the blender until it cooled, but we like it a little chunky anyway. Thanks for a new go-to recipe!5 stars

  4. I made the crockpot recipe and after 24 hours it’s still only slightly watery applesauce. Fabulously flavored applesauce, but definitely not apple butter.2 stars

    1. Hi Bettin, we retested this recipe and to make in the crockpot you will want to omit the apple juice to ensure it thickens enough. The recipe has been updated to reflect this. Thanks!

  5. This is soooo delish! I’m commenting to hopefully save someone else some trouble though. I didn’t have my kitchen scale handy and had to google how many apples makes a pound… bc I didn’t see it anywhere here and I have bulk apples. To hopefully make life easier for another, I found that 1 pound of apples makes about 3 cups of chopped, so I used 9 cups of chopped apples. Also, I didn’t have allspice and I’m not really a fan of nutmeg so I only used 1/4tsp. It came out excellent! Bookmarked so I can make it again :) Thank You for a great recipe!5 stars

    1. Hi R.Wilbur, this recipe can be canned, and should last a year or more if done properly :) Good luck!

  6. omg cloves ruined my entire batch, and i only put in 1/8 teaspoon, this is probably a good recipe if you leave out the cloves.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy the cloves in this recipe Steve. Leave them out next time, and you’re set!

    1. I’ve only made the recipe as written. I don’t do canning, so can’t say for sure Linda.

    1. Just leave the sugar out completely or if you want some sweetness cook with Splenda instead of sugar. Works just fine.