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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3 years ago

What size crock pot do you use for this and how much does the recipe make?

3 years ago

How long can it be processed for shelf life? I don’t have the room in my frig or freezer. Thanks.

Sara F Smith
3 years ago

4 stars
The type of apples probably does matter. My tree is Honey Crisp and they have a lot of liquid in them so takes way longer to thicken. Also I used a mandolin after I peeled them and it is way quicker than removing the core and then hand slicing. I also think there was less apple waste.

Nancy Bishop
3 years ago

5 stars
My apples are cooking right now…. smells wonderful!!

The written recipe says 1.5 tablespoon cinnamon, I just watched the video and you said teaspoon. I hope tablespoon is the right amount. 😳

Paula M Hill
3 years ago

I canned this with 20 minute water bath. I’m hopeful it’ll be okay. Please let me know if anyone else has canned this recipe or should I distribute among the family? Love how easy this recipe is. I’m on my 3rd batch so far and have given away some jars to friends and famiky. My 8 year old loved helping with the 1st two batches that she actually initiated this 3rd batch tonight. Thanks

3 years ago

Can you make this with sugar substitutes

3 years ago

Great recipe but waaayyy too much vanilla. Like one teaspoon would be good not one tablespoon.

Jacqui Cahill
3 years ago

Thank you!! This is super easy. I already have a roaster in my crock pot now, but I will get it ready and put it on tonight. It is a banner year for apples in Vermont this year!

3 years ago

I am trying to see after canning the apple butter, what is the shelf life for it? I canned strawberry jam and it has a shelf life of 1 year, I like to make stuff ahead and save it for when we really want to have some jellies and jams. Thank you for a response as son as you can

3 years ago

Do you add any water to the crockpot so the apples don’t burn or stick?

3 years ago

how many pints does it make

Jan M
3 years ago

This may sound like a dumb question, but…….I bought 1.5 bushels of apples for cooking. About how many apples is 6.5 lbs?

3 years ago

Made this today. First time ever making my own Apple butter. So easy peasey! I only made half the recipe as that’s all the apples I had enough for. Came out good though a little sweeter than expected. I’ll add little less sugar next time.

3 years ago

5 stars
this is a very easy site to move around in. Lots of information on the recipe and how to. I am defenitly going to make this.

Liz Shelledy
3 years ago

I was given a lot of pears along with the apples. Would it be ok to use them together?