Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter is one of the best crock pot recipes for fall. This easy crock pot apple butter recipe uses simple ingredients and NO canning is required. One of the BEST uses for apples, especially when you have a bushel full of them!

It’s a bucket list recipe day! I’ve had the notion to make Slow Cooker Apple Butter hovering in the back of my brain the past several falls, but for whatever mysterious reason, I had yet try it until now.

mason jar of Slow Cooker Apple Butter

And by “whatever mysterious reason,” I mean apple bread, vegan apple crisp, and apple oatmeal cookies. Sure, homemade apple butter sounded yummy, but why make it when I had so many other deliciously distracting apple recipes to try?

Shame on me! This humble-looking batch of homemade apple butter turned out to be one of my favorite apple recipes ever, and definitely one of the best uses for apples.

Have a big batch of fresh apples? Don’t wait as long as I did to make Slow Cooker Apple Butter. It’s so simple and the results are so magnificent, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making it every year too.

fresh Gala apples on a striped dish towel

Slow Cooker Apple Butter – Fresh, Fantastic, No Frills

This Slow Cooker Apple Butter is nothing but fresh apples, spices, and a touch of pure maple syrup and vanilla exact. The slow cooker does all the work, and by the time the batch is ready, your entire house will smell like a tantalizing autumn wonderland.

fresh diced apples dusted with cinnamon being stirred in a slow cooker

While the spices, maple syrup, and vanilla give the crockpot apple butter an extra dimension of flavor, this recipe is all about letting the apples shine. The long, slow cooking process concentrates their natural sweetness and intensifies their inherent apple-ness.

Apple-ness. It’s a word.

With every bite (of which there were many), I couldn’t help but think that the apple butter tasted so pure and so…fall.

How’s that for a description? Almost as good as apple-ness?

jar of homemade apple butter made in a crock pot

While I’ve seen other slow cooker apple butter recipes that call for supplementing the apples with apple cider or brown sugar, this homemade apple butter recipe truly does not need it. I chose to add maple syrup because it’s one of my favorite flavor combos with apples, but if you prefer to make a no-sugar crockpot apple butter, you can certainly omit it.

This easy apple butter recipe will yield two modest jars, which I fully confess I went through much more rapidly than expected. If you go as crazy picking apples every fall as I do, or if you’d like to make a few extra jars to freeze or share with friends, you can easily scale the recipe up to make a larger batch.

homemade apple butter spread on toast sits in front of a mason jar full of the apple butter

Great Uses for Apple Butter

In addition to eating it by the spoonful directly out of the jar, I love apple butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter is also phenomenal spread on an grilled cheese with turkey and cheddar.

Tools I used to make this recipe:

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Yield: 2 heaping cups
Prep Time:
15 mins
Slow Cooker Apple Butter. Easy homemade recipe with simple ingredients and all the best flavors of fall. No special equipment for canning required!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds crisp sweet apples — such as Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady (about 7 medium apples)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Tiny pinch kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Peel and core the apples and cut them into a rough 3/4- to 1-inch dice. Place in the bottom of a 5-quart or larger slow cooker, then top with maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 8 to 10 hours, stirring once halfway through, until the apples are very tender and brown.
  2. With an immersion blender, puree the apples until the apple butter reaches your desired consistency (I like mine fairly smooth). If you do not have an immersion blender, transfer the apples to a blender or food processor in batches and blend until smooth, then return to the slow cooker.
  3. Turn the slow cooker to high and let the apple butter continue to cook, uncovered, for 2 additional hours or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in the vanilla extract and salt. Taste and add additional maple syrup as desired. Spoon into jars or another airtight container. Enjoy on toast, on waffles, mixed with yogurt, drizzled over ice cream, on a grilled cheese (YUM), on cornbread, or served with pork.

Recipe Notes

  • This apple butter will tastes even better the next day once it has rested in the refrigerator and the flavors are blended.
  • Store leftover apple butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for several months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  • The amount of maple syrup you need will vary based on the sweetness of your apples and personal preference. Taste and adjust as needed. If you prefer to make a no-sugar apple butter, you can simply omit it.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow Cooker Apple Butter, Slow Cooker Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (2 tablespoons) — Calories: 54, Carbohydrates: 15g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 12g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

32 comments

  1. This looks amazing, like I could just put it on everything!!!

  2. Lexi @Lexi'scleankitchen Reply

    Loving the spices in this! Such a perfect Fall recipe!

  3. Oh I’ve never made apple butter before. Sounds like it needs to happens sooner rather than later. I can see myself putting this on everything (and eating it straight from the spoon!).

  4. Yum – love this simple ingredient list to! Must make for fall :)

  5. so ya, i’m gonna need to put this on everything! Mm k?

  6. I would totally have this with a pulled pork burger or something like that (:

  7. This looks so good, Too bad I dont have a slow cooker. Any alternatives? :)

    • Hi Mareike, there are recipes for making apple butter on the stove, and you can also try making it in the oven too! It’s a little more hands on (you’ll need to stir). I’d recommend doing an internet search for those techniques!

  8. When I saw this post I got so excited. I love apple butter, but I usually buy it. I have not been able to eat apple butter for a year due to a lemon allergy. I know it is weird, but my throat swells up if I have fresh lemon. I have not been able to find apple butter in the store without lemon listed in the ingredients. So hence my excitement when I saw this post and I wanted to thank you for sharing it! I will definately be making this apple butter in the Fall. Love the slow cooker idea too! Thank you so much Erin!!

  9. WOW! You’re really getting me in the mood for fall with this one!!

  10. Sandy Featherston Reply

    Erin, plan to make this when I get home; celebrating our 45th Anniversary in Sedona, AZ. MY  sweeter apple trees a Gala and a ‘red’ apple tree are still ‘babies’; I Should have enough to make pies/butter with them Next Year.  MY more Mature trees are ‘green apples’ (I couldn’t find any Red etc when I first moved back to AZ; had a Prolific Red Delicious in CO.)
    Would a ‘kinda’ Golden Delicious tree, make yummy ‘butter’ or should I just buy some Gala etc at the store? I’ve never canned or made a fruit butter before – THIS One looks pretty easy ??

    • Hi Sandy, I think a Golden Delicious-type apple would work too! A mix of apples would also be delicious if you want to try a couple different varieties.

  11. Loving the spices in this! Such a perfect Fall recipe!

  12. i was eating apple butter this weekend and said that i need to try making it this fall! thanks for the recipe!

  13. hey girl- this looks so good! I’m ready for Fall!

  14. Perfect timing for this recipe! It’s a bazillion degrees again in Portland and we don’t have AC. I’m currently in the dark, drinking a beer, with about 6 fans blowing in my direction. I’m dreaming of cool weather, wearing layers, and eating freshly baked scones smeared with your apple butter. Sooooooooon!

  15. Can this be canned?  I’m new to all of this.  Thank you 

    • Hi Sherry, this recipe wasn’t developed for canning, so I would recommend finding a canning-specific apple butter recipe if you’d like to process it that way.

  16. How long will the jars last in the refrigerator since it cannot be canned?

  17. Why do people comment and don’t have a clue what it taste like. I hate when people have something to say, but nothing to do about how good it was, or how it tasted. Who on here among the many comments has tried it? How can you rate anything? Moving on to some recipes where people actually have made it.

    • Hi Nancy! I always love hearing from people who make my recipes, but I don’t have a way to control who decides to stop back by and leave a comment. I have heard from several readers over email and by word of mouth who have tried this particular apple butter and loved it, but it’s sometimes hard for people to find time to comment. Further, I will never post a recipe I don’t stand beside and absolutely love. If you do try a recipe, I’d love for you to come back by and tell me how it turned out.

  18. What size jars are you referring to for yield? Jammers and canners like me have a surplus of every size canning jars from 4 oz. to 1/2 gallon. From the photo I would guess you’re recipe yields 2 pints. Can you confirm?

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