Spoonful of spiced apple butter
3.5 from 2 votes
Review Recipe

Homemade Apple Butter

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 48 tablespons (1 serving = 1 tablespoon)
Author Amanda Batcher
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Rich spiced apple butter made on the stovetop.
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  • 3 pounds sweet apples (fuji, braeburn, red delicious, golden delicious, etc)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup apple juice or cider

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Cook over LOW heat for approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent spattering, until apple butter has thickened to desired consistency.

  4. 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 1/2 cups.
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, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 38mg, Carbohydrates: 9g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 15%, Vitamin C: 1.5%, Calcium: 6%, Iron: 0.1%

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

Keyword apple butter