Homemade Apple Butter Recipe

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A simple Homemade Apple Butter recipe that you can make in the slow cooker. Use as a spread, a syrup or in your fall recipes! It’s one of the best apple recipes to make during the fall.

Table of Contents
  1. What is the difference between applesauce and apple butter?
  2. What apples are best for apple butter?
  3. How to Make Apple Butter
  4. How to Make Apple Butter Smooth
  5. What do you do with apple butter?
  6. Storage Instructions
  7. How much does this recipe make?
  8. Homemade Apple Butter Recipe Recipe

Is it officially fall yet?  The leaves are not yet turning orange and red, but last week our whole house was filled with the aroma of baking apples and cinnamon. Who needs an official date? Fall was happening

Who needs an official date for it to be considered fall? Fall was happening a week ago on my radar.

Homemade Apple Butter in a bowl with a spoon

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. You’ll find me huddled around a campfire, drinking warm apple cider…what could be better than that?

Well, maybe this.

I really don’t know what to say about this crockpot Apple Butter besides it’s really easy and it is unbelievably good. It’s one of those things that you take a spoonful of and say, “This could go in soooo many recipes!”

What is the difference between applesauce and apple butter?

Both apple butter and apple sauce are slow cooked apples and spices. Apple butter is cooked longer than applesauce which creates a thick, smooth, intense apple flavored spread.

What apples are best for apple butter?

For apple butter, we like to use Mcintosh, Fuji, Red Delicious or Gala because they are easy to find in our stores. Although Granny Smith are great for baking, they are not recommended for apple butter.

Also, some apples are sweeter than others. You can adjust how much sugar you use based on how sweet your apple is.

How to Make Apple Butter

To make homemade apple butter, all you have to do is stick some apples in a crock pot with brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Let it sit there all day, stirring occasionally, and BOOM! Apple Butter. It’s really that easy.

How to Make Apple Butter Smooth

When your apple butter has slow-cooked all day, you can leave it slightly chunky, which is awesome for recipes, or you can put it through the blender (or use an immersion blender) and puree it until it is your desired consistency.

We made two batches. One we left chunky and made one batch perfectly smooth. You know…for those picky texture eaters.

homemade apple butter on biscuits

What do you do with apple butter?

My first bite reminded me of applesauce with a bit of tang to it. I love how when I put this homemade apple butter on a piece of white, fluffy bread or toast, it completely changes the flavor! Instant, fall-flavored bread. You can put it in muffins & biscuits.

I also like to put this homemade apple butter on custard ice cream. Warm it slightly in the microwave and use it as a syrup on ice cream or fluffy pancakes or waffles. You can even put a spoonful on top of yogurt or over oven baked pork chops. Because, why not?

apple butter over ice cream

Storage Instructions

Refrigerate the apple butter in an airtight container after it has cooled.

I like to freeze my apple butter because I have plenty of freezer space. Just spoon it into small, 1-cup freezer containers and pull them out as you need them!

I’ve never canned this apple butter before, but if you know how to can, I’m sure it would work well.

How much does this recipe make?

This recipe ends up making between 2-3 pints of apple butter. The difference is how much you cook it down.

A simple recipe for Homemade Apple Butter that you can make in the slow cooker. Use as a spread, a syrup or in your fall recipes!
A simple recipe for Homemade Apple Butter that you can make in the slow cooker. Use as a spread, a syrup or in your fall recipes!

Homemade Apple Butter Recipe

4.57 from 337 votes
A simple Homemade Apple Butter recipe that you can make in the slow cooker. Use as a spread, a syrup or in your fall recipes.
Servings 20
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 25 minutes


  • 6 1/2 pounds apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Place the apples in a slow cooker.
  • Add the sugars, cinnamon, salt and vanilla to the crockpot. Mix well.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for about 10 hours, stirring every couple hours. The apple butter should be thick and dark brown.
  • If desired, use a blender to blend the apple butter into a purée until smooth.
  • Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze in small containers.



Adjust the sugar to your liking.
For different flavor variations, add ground cloves or ground nutmeg along wit the cinnamon.
Many people have left reviews that they leave the peels on the apples. Feel free to do that if you’d like. We prefer the apples peeled.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 120
Keyword apple butter recipes, apple recipes, fall recipes

Adapted from My Baking Addiction

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Umm…I don’t have a food scale, how would I know how much 6 1/2 lbs of apples is? I’m kind of a beginner cooking and this recipe seems really easy otherwise. How much would that be in cups? Thanks!

Jamie Mack
6 years ago

Just made this today with some apples we picked at a local farm orchard. It was good I will definitely cut back on the sugar next time and maybe leave out the vanilla. I always try to make the recipes by the work the first time then tweak once I know what it’s like. Thanks for the recipe!

6 years ago

What kind of apples are best to u for making applebutter?

6 years ago

About how much does it make

5 years ago

I made some using Granny smith and red and yellow delish, apples. didn’t need any sugar, but also tasted more like applesauce, so added some sugar and cooked longer and it was delishious. didn’t even need to blended cause with the extra cooking it was just as we liked

Nicole Rabata
5 years ago

I am thinking of trying this recipe and wondering, is it possible to make this without removing the skins and cores? Just trying to cut down on labor and wondering if this would work. Thanks!

5 years ago

What to do if you don’t have a slow cooker? CAn I just put it on low for a very long time on the stove?

Lou Wilson
5 years ago

This recipe sounds delight. I have some apples I am going to use for this recipe.I would like to know if I have to peel them and core them before I put them into the slow cooker. My hands are arthiritis so is difficult to do some of these things.

5 years ago

If I cut the recipe in half… should I also cut down cooking time.?

I just don’t have 6 lbs of apples…

5 years ago

5 stars
I’ve alreadhbmade this recipe once for my coworkers, and they were literally eating it OUT OF THE JAR! I was wondering if I could cook them on high for 5 hours instead? Of course I got started late… and now I’m in a pinch for time!

Becky Stocker
5 years ago

Hi. My husband LOVES apple butter and I wanted to make this recipe for him. I was wondering if I could leave the skins on? What do you think the result would be? I’m also going to use coconut sugar for the brown sugar and monk fruit for the white sugar. Hope it works. He loves vanilla so I will keep that in. Just wondering about the skins. Would prefer to leave them on if it won’t ruin the consistency. Thoughts?

Mum of 4
4 years ago

5 stars
Delicious and I want to eat it all at once. Kiddos thought it was plate licking delicious.

4 years ago

Hi, Just want to let you know that I made the apple butter, and it was the best. I Have been buying it ,but when I seen your recipe and it can be frozen, I tried it and it was a success already ate one jar on toast everyday. Thank u Mary PS. Went and bought myself a apple peeler to make more . HAHA

4 years ago

Do you think I could use frozen apples for this recipe?

Lyn Alan Byars
4 years ago

What does an old hippy drummer do between gigs? He cooks, bakes, cans, preserves, and has his friends scratching their heads–a rock drummer that cans and makes jams (the edible kind). Today, I found your website–don’t you ever go away! The gazillion year old apple tree outside our studio produced apples for the first time in 5 years, and I’m going crazy to get as many apples put away as I can. Thank you for the large print recipes and guidelines. Looking forward to checking out al the other recipes, ideas and advice. Just for the record, I’m a single… Read more »