Apple Butter

Easy homemade apple butter made in the Crockpot.
Recipe includes a VIDEO just below the post!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword apple recipe, fall baking, fall recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 15 minutes
Servings 3 pints
Calories 75kcal
Author Sam Merritt



  • 5.5 lbs Golden Delicious Apples* Cored and chopped into small pieces, about 1/4"* (2.5kg)
  • 1 cup brown sugar tightly packed (200g)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (150g)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Slice apples into small pieces (about 1/4") and dispose of cores.
  • Place apples in the basin of large slow cooker
  • In a medium-sized bowl stir together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cloves until well-combined.
  • Pour sugar mixture over apple pieces and stir until well combined.  
  • Cook covered in crockpot over low heat for 10 hours.
  • Once 10 hours has elapsed, either use an immersion blender** to puree apples until smooth and no chunks remain.
  • Scrape the inside of the vanilla bean into your apple puree (or add vanilla extract).  
  • Turn crockpot on to low heat and cook another 2 hours uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  • Store apple butter in the refrigerator in an airtight container, will keep about 2 weeks.



*Weigh before coring and chopping. For me this was about 13 apples. You do not need to peel your apples.
**If you do not have an immersion blender, pour the apples into a blender and puree until smooth, then return to crockpot.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 23mg | Sugar: 17g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg