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Apple Butter Recipe – Sugar Spun Run

My tremendous straightforward Apple Butter recipe is completely spiced with wealthy fall flavors. It takes simply 10 minutes to prep with NO peeling required! Recipe features a how-to video.

Rich brown apple butter recipe in a glass jar tied with twine

All of the Greatest Flavors of Fall in a Jar

Apple butter is the richer, prettier, and maybe extra refined sister to plain-Jane applesauce. It’s actually the embodiment of fall, with colourful crisp apples cooked down and caramelized in spices, brown sugar and vanilla. It tastes nice on absolutely anything, however we adore it unfold over an English muffin or heat scone (heavenly!).

My favourite factor about this apple butter recipe is that there’s NO peeling required! I’ve examined this recipe with peeled and unpeeled apples, and I didn’t discover a distinction between the 2. When cooked for so long as my recipe requires, the peels break down fully and will not be perceptible within the completed product. Save your self the time and skip the peeling!

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Simple: solely 10 minutes of prep earlier than the gradual cooker takes over.
  • Completely flavored: the apples are the true star, with simply sufficient sugar and spices added to accent them and make a heat, cozy fall taste.
  • Plentiful: this recipe makes rather a lot (3 pints!), so that you’ll have some to share or present (when you’re the beneficiant kind).
  • No peeling: saves you SO a lot effort and time.

What You Want

Ingredients for apple butter

To attain a silky easy and flavorful unfold, you’ll have to gradual cook dinner only a few easy components:

  • Apples. What I like about my apple butter recipe is that there’s no peeling wanted! Simply core and cube your apples into small, even items. Don’t use a agency, tart apple like Granny Smith; persist with softer, sweeter apples like Golden Scrumptious (my favourite all-around apple for many recipes, like my apple turnovers!), Fuji, Gala, or McIntosh. A mixture of apples works too!
  • Sugar. A mixture of brown and white sugar supplies depth of taste and helps the apples to interrupt down and caramelize, giving the ultimate product a fantastically wealthy fall taste. Don’t neglect, when you don’t have any readily available simply observe my tutorial on the right way to make brown sugar!
  • Spices. Plenty of floor cinnamon and a pinch of cloves elevate the flavour of the apples by offering heat and richness.
  • Vanilla. A refined trace of vanilla rounds out all of heat flavors. I like to recommend utilizing a vanilla bean when you’ve got one, however in any other case common vanilla extract will work.

SAM’S TIP: The toughest factor about this recipe is ready for it to be finished. To mitigate this, I usually prefer to prep every little thing earlier than going to mattress and let it cook dinner whereas I sleep, however please at all times examine your individual gradual cooker’s security information earlier than leaving it unattended.

Bear in mind, that is simply an outline of the components I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the submit!

Make Apple Butter

Chopped apples and spices in crock pot bowl
  1. Core and chop (don’t peel!) your apples and place them within the basin of a gradual cooker.
  2. Combine collectively spices and sugars. Sprinkle these over the apples and toss to mix.
  3. Cook dinner apple combination on low warmth for 10 hours.
  4. Puree apples. I like to make use of an immersion blender (I linked to the one I exploit, affiliate), however you need to use an everyday one as a substitute.
  5. Take away the lid and cook dinner for an additional 2 hours or till the consistency has thickened to your liking.

SAM’S TIP: The extra two hours of cooking would possibly look like a ache, however it’s vital and price it to get the right consistency. In order for you a good thicker butter, you may proceed to cook dinner yours even longer; however I’ve discovered the 2 hours to be loads (and remember it would proceed to thicken because it cools!).

Apple butter spread on to biscuit

Incessantly Requested Questions

What’s apple butter used for?

Usually it’s used as a topping for biscuits or bread, however it’s additionally scrumptious on oatmeal, pancakes, my favourite waffle recipe, crepes, and so forth. Some individuals even serve it with scrapple, or you may take my dad’s strategy and revel in it by the spoonful!

What’s the distinction between applesauce and apple butter?

Apple butter is often sweeter, richer, and thicker (extra of a buttery/spreadable consistency). It’s usually a lot darker in shade than applesauce, largely due to the added components (on this occasion, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and so forth) and the caramelization that happens from the longer cook dinner time.

Does apple butter must be refrigerated?

Sure it does. Should you’d prefer to strive canning yours, that’s a terrific possibility for extending its shelf life exterior of the fridge (I don’t have expertise canning, so I can’t supply any recommendation there, however right here is a information on canning I discovered that must be useful.).

Why is it known as apple butter?

Apple butter will get its identify from its butter-like consistency, there’s no precise butter in it. Should you’re searching for a flavored butter, strive my honey butter as a substitute

Overhead of apple butter in glass jar

Searching for extra? Listed here are a few of my favourite fall recipes.

Take pleasure in!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! Should you do that recipe, you’ll want to tag me on Instagram, and you too can discover me on YouTube and Fb

Rich brown apple butter recipe in a glass jar tied with twine

The Greatest Apple Butter Recipe (No Peeling!)

With its completely spiced, wealthy apple taste and no peeling required, you will be spreading this Apple Butter on every little thing from scones to scrapple. My recipe is extremely straightforward due to the assistance of a gradual cooker. Make sure to try the how-to video!


Course: Facet Dish

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 12 hours

Complete Time: 12 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 3 pints

Energy: 75kcal

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  • Slice apples into small items (about ¼”) and get rid of cores (you do not want to peel the apples).

  • Place apples within the basin of enormous gradual cooker

  • In a medium-sized bowl stir collectively sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cloves till well-combined.

  • Pour sugar combination over apple items and stir till nicely mixed.  

  • Place lid on crockpot and cook dinner on low warmth for 10 hours.

  • As soon as 10 hours has elapsed, use an immersion blender to puree apples till easy and no chunks stay (see be aware 2 when you should not have an immersion blender).

  • Scrape the within of the vanilla bean into your apple puree (or add vanilla extract).  

  • Flip crockpot on to low warmth and cook dinner one other 2 hours uncovered, stirring often.

  • Retailer within the fridge in an hermetic container, the place it would maintain about 2 weeks.


1. Apples

I like to recommend utilizing Golden Scrumptious, McIntosh, Fuji, or Gala. Don’t use Granny Smith; they’re too tart and agency for this recipe. Weigh your apples earlier than coring and chopping. Don’t peel them! For me this was about 13 apples however this might differ wildly relying on the scale of your apples.

2. Pureeing

Should you should not have an immersion blender, pour the apples right into a blender and puree till easy, then return to crockpot. You could have to work in batches, relying on the scale of your blender. 


Retailer apple butter in an hermetic container within the fridge for a number of weeks or freeze for as much as a number of months. 


Serving: 0.25cup | Energy: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Fats: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 23mg | Sugar: 17g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Dietary info is predicated on third-party calculations and must be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ based mostly upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.

This recipe was initially revealed in October of 2017, pictures and recipe stay the identical however textual content has been up to date to be extra useful and I’ve added a how-to video!


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