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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

slow cooker apple butter recipeNow that fall is starting to make an appearance, I want my house to smell warm and spicy. Making a batch of slow cooker apple butter is the best way I know to permeate my home with the smells of fall. Apple, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves make me want to put on a chunky sweater and watch football. Well, almost. How about me get comfy on the couch with a good book while the kids and my husband watch football. That sounds better.

Apple butter is delicious spread on some toast, but also baked into cakes or muffins, on pancakes, even on vanilla ice cream. Making apple butter in the slow cooker is my favorite way to make a fruit butter. I think that the slow cooking really brings out the flavor of the spices. If you like apple, try making my slow cooker pumpkin butter.


Slow Cooker Apple Butter


  • 5 lb Gala apples
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Peel, core and slice apples. In food processor, grate apples (in batches, if needed). Place in slow cooker. Stir in brown sugar, salt and cinnamon stick.
  2. Cover; cook on High heat setting 4 hours.
  3. Remove and reserve cinnamon stick. In food processor, puree apple mixture (in batches, if needed) until smooth. Return to slow cooker with cinnamon stick.
  4. Cook uncovered on High heat setting 4 hours longer, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Cool completely. Transfer butter to jars; seal tightly. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

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  1. Renee@Nana's Empty Nest

    September 12th, 2011 at 5:43 am

    This sounds delicious! Off to look at your Pumpkin Butter recipe now.

  2. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    thanks Renee!

  3. Rina

    September 12th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Just wondering how you best preserve this – canning, freezing…? I’d love to make and give as a gift.

  4. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I would research how to can it. I would use the Ball website.

  5. shelby

    September 12th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Definately trying this one out after our trip to apple hill. Thanks Bree!

  6. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Have fun Shelby! Love Apple Hill.

  7. Christina

    September 12th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Thanks for the great recipe! I was just trying to figure out what to do with all the apples we’ll be picking next weekend. A great apple butter AND my house will smell like fall? Sounds like a winner!

  8. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Have a great time! I love apple picking.

  9. Leah @ LoftyBites

    September 12th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I love apple butter… maybe it’s the PA Dutch in me. Anything homemade is always better and you can’t beat a quick recipe like this. Thanks for sharing with us!

  10. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    you are welcome Leah! And yes homemade it always so good.

  11. Paula @ Dishing the Divine

    September 12th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I bet you could also use this apple butter in an apple pie… yum… πŸ™‚

  12. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Yum, I bet that you could

  13. Kirstin

    September 12th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I had Apple Butter BBQ sauce from this Mom and Pop place up in Oregon and it was the BEST thing I have ever tasted! I’m gonna try to make some with some BBQ sauce and this recipe! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  14. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    that sounds delicious! When you figure it out, send it my way.

  15. Natalie

    September 12th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Looks delicious for a cool fall day!

  16. operarose

    September 14th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    This looks incredible! I read your blog all of the time and at least one of your recipes is served at my house each week. I have yet to make anything I saw on here and not have it taste great.

    I am dying to try either this or the pumpkin butter….but – and I think I’m totally going against the grain here – do you know if there is any chance I can somehow adapt your slow cooker recipes to the oven or stove top? I don’t have a slow cooker because my husband and I are living in South America for a little over a year and there are none to be found in any stores around. (It’s too bad because I definitely could use the convenience of one.)

  17. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Of course you can make it on the stove. I would simmer it for a few hours until the liquid evaporates. Keep an eye on it though.

  18. Natasha

    September 15th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Looks delicious! How long does something like this keep for?

  19. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I would say about 2 weeks in the fridge.

  20. Lily

    September 28th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    did you use a certain type of apple?

    Looks delicious!

  21. bakedbree

    September 29th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I like a mixture of apples. I do stay away from Red Delicious though, I do not like them cooked.

  22. Nomi

    November 8th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Bree–I found your site through Molly’s post on Sugar Rush And what a lucky find! Can’t wait to try some of your other things!

  23. bakedbree

    November 8th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Welcome Nomi! I hope that you do. πŸ™‚

  24. Tasha

    July 30th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I have a box full of plums and am trying to figure out what to do with them. Do you think plums could be used instead of apples in this recipe? I loved the apple butter! And do you have any other ideas for baking with plums?

  25. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I am not sure, try it and see.

  26. certifiable1

    October 24th, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Maybe I’m slow on the uptake but there are no apples in the ingredients list. How many for the recipe?

  27. certifiable1

    October 24th, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Okay, ignore the above comment. My phone just reset and the apples showed up in the ingredient list. Go figure. πŸ™‚

  28. Rick

    September 16th, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I don’t see the ingredients listed or the recipe

  29. bakedbree

    September 16th, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I fixed it, it is there now.

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