This easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter is a perfect recipe for Fall. It won’t heat up your kitchen, it’s delicious on toast, english muffins, or in this Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thighs recipe
Hey y’all! My name is Genell and you can find me blogging at Nel’s Nook. I just moved from a busy city in Washington State to an incredibly small (think no stop lights!) town in rural southwestern Virginia. Come join me for all of my adventures in and outside of the kitchen as I figure out this country living thing!
A huge thank you to Rachel for inviting me to be a part of this year’s Handmade Holidays: Bake, Craft, Sew. I love giving homemade gifts and there is nothing better than a whole month of ideas!
My favorite gifts to give usually come out of my kitchen. I try to be crafty but usually I end up gluing my fingers together… I am just that clumsy! This year I wanted to do something a little out of the box with the treats I give for the holidays. Now don’t get me wrong I love Christmas cookies and all other holiday related goodies but I also think it’s nice to get something that you don’t need to eat right away.
I also wanted to make something unique that people might not be making for themselves. Since I moved to the South I have heard a lot of people talk about making apple butter. I love apple butter but the only kind I ever knew came from a jar at the grocery store… wow was I missing out! I have been perfecting my apple butter recipe for the last few months and I am excited to share it with you today.
I love this recipe because it takes so little hand-on time – the crockpot does all of the real work and you get the credit! Plus you can make a huge batch for easy gift giving. This recipe is so good that my family eats it straight out of the jar but for more normal people its great on toast, pancakes, and to bake with.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
- 10 large apples, cored and sliced (no need to peel)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger
- Put the apples, sugar, and spices into your crockpot and stir to coat the apples. Put the crockpot on low and cook for 10-15 hours, stirring occasionally. The apples should produce enough moisture on their own but if it starts to dry out add a little water or apple juice/cider.
- The mixture will be ready to blend when you stir it and don’t notice big chunks of apple peel and/or when the apple peels rip easily when pulled apart.
- If you have an immersion blender, you can blend the apple mixture directly in the crockpot until smooth.
- If you don’t have an immersion blender, carefully scoop it into a blender and blend until smooth.
- I put mine in mason jars and let them cool on the counter before putting the lid on them and refrigerating them.
This recipe makes about a quart of apple butter. If you want to make more, this recipe is easily doubled or tripled depending on the size of your crockpot. If the apples don’t all fit at the beginning, you can continue to add them as they cook down.