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 348 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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Cheshawne Williams
2 years ago

Can i use a pressure cooker instead of a crock pot

John Coleman
2 years ago

5 stars
We just made this and it was absolutely amazing! I did 20 lbs of apples and processed in an instant pot so it made 25 1/2 pint jars as we canned them for the holidays! I wish I was able to post pics! So love love love this!

2 years ago

3 stars
I had it on for 2 days and it is still runny. I turned mine into fruit leather. It would have been quicker making a puree and reducing it down. The flavour was nice though.

2 years ago

sooo,,, the recipe says 1 1/2 Tablespoons of cinnamon, your video says 1 1/2 teaspoons. I’m thinking the Tablespoon is a typo but? which is it?

Melissa Davis
2 years ago

Making it right now 😁

2 years ago

i was wondering what is the shortest amount of time i can make this? can i make this in an instapot?

Last edited 2 years ago by kyla
Blaze F
2 years ago

4 stars
I loved the flavor of this recipe. After cooking for 16 hours and it still being runny, I moved it to the oven. The oven dried up all the access liquid.

2 years ago

Can you preserve this apple butter recipe?

2 years ago

5 stars
This brought me back to good memories and great food of my mom canning up a storm in the Autumn months…so delicious and easy too.

2 years ago

5 stars
I made this exactly, I did stir it a little more often the first 4 hours. I canned 5 pints in a water bath for 5 minutes. I have another half pint in the fridge. It’s delicious, not too sweet!

Pam Shukait
1 year ago

5 stars
I have never peeled my apples and this turns out great! I just purée it with my immersion blender. Also, remember to keep your crock pot lid on sideways, letting the steam escape or it will be too runny.

Burhan uddin
1 year ago

5 stars
Please tell me how to preserve this.

1 year ago

What is a good apple to usr?

1 year ago

how many apple to make 61/2 pounds

Nichole Bogart
1 year ago

5 stars
I made this recipe (8/2021) and it turned out amazing! I canned it and took some to work and my coworkers went nuts over it. I never liked apple butter, but I have an apple tree in my yard and I needed recipes to up all the apples I have, so those are the apples I used. I am constantly picking apples off this tree and so I have a lot of apples on hand all the time. I will be making it again real soon!