Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter

This delicious Apple Butter is easy to make with the help of your slow cooker. It makes a fantastic topping, spread, and condiment. | platingsandpairings.com

This Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter is easy to make with the help of your crockpot. It’s a delicious topping, spread and condiment.

This delicious Apple Butter is easy to make with the help of your slow cooker. It makes a fantastic topping, spread, and condiment. | platingsandpairings.com

This Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter is easy to make with the help of your crockpot. It's a delicious topping, spread and condiment. | platingsandpairings.com

There’s a reason I’m not leaving the house today.

No, it’s not the Killer Clown scare, or the massive buckets of rain coming down outside. The reason I’m not leaving the house today is because it just smells too good! I’ve had this Apple Butter cooking away in my slow cooker since last night and the smells in this house you guys are just amazing.It’s pretty much like the best fall-scented candle that you can buy – Apples, warm cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and allspice, without that weird artificial smell added in.

Nope – This is just pure fall goodness – And you can eat it too!

Growing up, we seemed to have Apple Butter on hand a lot. It wasn’t the homemade version – I think it was more like this brand – but I loved to eat it up, especially on top a warm English muffin or biscuit with some melted butter. Yum!

This Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter is easy to make with the help of your crockpot. It's a delicious topping, spread and condiment. | platingsandpairings.com

Are you familiar with Apple Butter? It seems like lots of my friends here in the Pacific NW haven’t really heard of it… Is it a Midwest thing? (I first latched onto it when I was living in Illinois.) If not, it’s time to get acquainted!

Slow cooking is where it’s at – It’s like applesauce, to the extreme. The longer it cooks, the more the apples break down, become creamy, and the “butter’ caramelizes. In the end, the apples just melt down into this rich, buttery sauce. You pretty much don’t even need to do anything else. However, I wanted it extra smooth, so I processed it in a blender at the end.

Note that when you load the apples into your slow cooker, they’ll pretty much come up to the top making it somewhat difficult to give it a good stir – No worries! Just let them cook away and give it a toss every couple hours or so. The ingredients will all combine evenly at the end.

I used my Apple Butter as an accompaniment to this Fall Harvest Cheese Board – It’s hint of sweetness is amazing paired with salty nuts and different cheeses. But, it would also make an amazing topping for a bowl of vanilla or caramel ice cream!

This Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter is easy to make with the help of your crockpot. It's a delicious topping, spread and condiment. | platingsandpairings.com

Are you familiar with Apple Butter? How do you like to eat it?

This delicious Apple Butter is easy to make with the help of your slow cooker. It makes a fantastic topping, spread, and condiment. | platingsandpairings.com

Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 3 pints
Author: Platings & Pairings
This delicious Apple Butter is easy to make with the help of your slow cooker. Slather it on a toasted English muffin, use it as a topping for ice cream, or serve it alongside a fall cheese board.
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Ingredients

  • 5 lbs . apples peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp . cinnamon
  • 1 tsp . nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp . allspice
  • ¼ tsp . salt

Instructions

  1. Place apples in slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until evenly mixed.
  2. Cook on low for 12 hours, stirring and breaking up the apples occasionally.
  3. Remove cover and use a blender to puree the apple butter until smooth. If you would like a thicker apple butter, return the mixture to the slow cooker and cook on low, with the lid ajar, until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Allow the mixture to cook and then transfer to jars. It will store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

This Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter is easy to make with the help of your crockpot. It's a delicious topping, spread and condiment. | platingsandpairings.com

9 comments

  1. srividhya gopalakrishnan

    Love this slow cooker version. Very nice.

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    1. Erin

      Thank you – It makes it SO easy!

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  2. Taylor

    Ahh, I would love this on a fall cheeseboard! There is just something about the smell of apples and cinnamon this time of year, you are totally right!

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    1. Erin

      I’m missing the smell already – This apple butter may need to go on weekly rotation in our house just so I can keep the great smell going!

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  3. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    Oh my gosh we LOVE slow cooker apple butter! It’s definitely not just a Midwest thing 🙂 Yours looks a lot darker/redder than ours though – I wonder if it’s the particular apples you use? Or more spice? Ours is usually a caramel brown color. Anyway, yours looks and sounds delicious! Great way to enjoy our PNW apple season.

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn – I used Jonagold apples. I’m inclined to think that the darker color is due to the longer cooking time… It definitely took on more color the longer it cooked away, it also took on a more caramelized flavor.

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  4. Mary

    I love me some apple butter. And strangely I’ve never made it! Seems so simple! And I had the same question as Marlynn about the type of apples you find work best???
    Definitely want to try this now!

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    1. Erin

      I used Jonagold apples in this recipe and it turned out great – Not too sweet, but just right.

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  5. Erin

    Yes! I love a good apple butter. I used to eat that all the time growing up. Great idea!

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