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Crockpot Apple Butter

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 12 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 40oz 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Crockpot Apple Butter is SO simple to make and produces the creamiest and sweetest apple butter that you’ll ever have!


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  • 5 pounds of apples, peeled, cored, and rough diced** see note for varieties
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg


  1. Add the diced apples into a 6-quart or larger Crockpot. Mix in the remaining ingredients minus teh vanilla: brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix so that the apples are evenly coated.
  2. Cover and set the slow cooker to HIGH for 1 hour. Reduce the heat to LOW and cook for 10 hours. It’s not absolutely necessary, but I like to give it a good stir every 1-2 hours.
  3. After the 10 hours, remove the lid and stir in the vanilla. Let it cook, uncovered, for 1 additional hour to cook off some of the moisture. Remove from the heat.
  4. You can serve the apple butter as is OR blend it so that it’s creamy. The best way to do this is using an immersion blender but a regular blender will also work (just be very careful when transferring and blending the hot apple butter!).
  5. Serve and ENJOY!


**I used freshly picked Oregon apples with lots of crimson reds, Ida Red apples with a few Cortland thrown in as well. You can use a variety of different apples and you can use several different kinds of apples in one apple butter recipe. Other varieties that work well: braeburn, Cortland, Fuji, grimes golden, jonamac, liberty, and McIntosh

*this freezes well so I suggest putting a jar or 2 in the freezer for later! it also makes a great gift :)

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Category: jam
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: american


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 81
  • Sugar: 19.1 g
  • Sodium: 62.8 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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