Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 hrs

For such a large quantity of applesauce, I purchase mine at a food warehouse.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl, place all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour applesauce into crock pot and cook uncovered on high for 6 to 7 hours.
  3. You don't need to worry about stirring it.
  4. After cooking time is up, place applesauce in sterilized glass jars and seal in a water bath for 10 minutes.
  5. You may also place it in the refrigerator or freeze it.
  6. This makes a wonderful gift with homemade bread.
Most Helpful

I've been making this for many years and love the ease of having apple butter in the off season. It isn't anywhere near the flavor of real apple butter, but it's a good substitute when you run out in May and can't wait until fall comes! Thanks for posting this one. I always use unsweetened applesauce and depending on what I have on hand I will sometimes sub pumpkin pie spice. When I'm in a hurry and want some NOW I'll cook this on the stove in a smaller batch in about an hour.

angie_pangie February 11, 2007

I made this before bedtime and the yummy smell woke us up about 4am. I used 8 cups of cheapo store-bought unsweetened applesauce and 6 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice mix. (I buy it in the bulk bin and always have it on hand) I somehow missed the part about cooking it in the crockpot WITHOUT the cover, so it was too runny when I first uncovered it in the morning. I turned it to low and left it cooking for another 7 hours while I was at work. It ended up just wonderful. Perfect texture and great taste, in spite of cooking so long. Gave 3 little jars away to office friends and they RAVED about the flavor.

Ellie May Clampett October 18, 2006

This was very easy, and it seemed to make itself. I did think it was a bit to sweet so I may try using unsweetened applesauce next time. I used homemade applesauce which gave it a great flavor. I also turned the crock pot to low as I needed to run errands and was not able to can it until I got home. Worked great! thanks for sharing this.

DurangoMom September 14, 2003