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Apple Butter for the Slow Cooker

Carrie Whitney Milburn

"Slow cooker apple butter. Friends have told me it is THE BEST ever! We name ours 'Panther Butter' for our local high school football team!"
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4 h 20 m servings 23 cals
Original recipe yields 112 servings (7 pints)


  • Calories:
  • 23 kcal
  • 1%
  • Fat:
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 5.9g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 6 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and cloves in a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on High until the apples are tender enough to easily mash with a fork, 4 to 6 hours.
  3. Puree apple mixture with an immersion blender until smooth.
  4. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack apple butter into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.
  5. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.


  • Partner tip: Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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  1. 14 Ratings

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My fiance & I have made this delightful recipe. Instead of all of the spices we used only 2.5 tsp. cinnamon. As for the sugars - we used 1 cup of each (brown and white). My fiance loves this app...

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Here are my changes: apples, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons cinnamon. My house smelled amazing!!!

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My fiance & I have made this delightful recipe. Instead of all of the spices we used only 2.5 tsp. cinnamon. As for the sugars - we used 1 cup of each (brown and white). My fiance loves this app...

I used Fuji apples that were short on shelf life. They were a little smaller so I think ended up with approx. 18 apples. Since Fuji's are sweet, I only added 1 1/4 C. brown sugar. Cooked on HIG...

It is really good. My son says it has converted him into an apple butter lover! It is extremely easy to make. I used 13 golden delicious apples and it made two quarts. I need to go get more app...

It smells very good. Will have to wait until it cools to taste it. The size of the apple used wasn't mentioned. I followed the recipe exactly and only got 4 pints out of it. Disappointing when t...

So good and so easy! We cut down a bit on the sugar as our golden apples were pretty sweet, but no other changes. Thanks!

This is the best recipe I have found for apple butter. It's easy. Just put everything in the slow cooker and let it go. I would go back and stir it a couple of times but that was it. My family l...

This recipe is AMAZING! The exact taste of apple butter I loved as a kid. When it is cooked long enough I just used a wisk and it came out very smooth and nice and thick.

Very easy and delicious! I doubled this recipe and it cooked down to fill about half of my 6 qt slow cooker. I used some fairly tart, but juicy, Paula red apples. I cut down on the sugar, only ...

Simply love it! Made it twice already! My family loves it on banana bread or toast in the morning. Spices are perfect for Christmas time!