Award-Winning Crock Pot Apple Butter

"I like this recipe for the taste and because it all fits into my 4 quart crock pot (packed). After the batch is done, I can them into jars for home use and gifts. To make it easier on myself, I use my spiral apple peeler/corer."
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Ready In:
8hrs 30mins
3 pint jars




  • Place apples in slow cooker in thirds, layering sugar between each layer.
  • Add rest of ingredients on top and pack them down as well as you can.
  • Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
  • Reduce heat to low. Open and give it a stir. Keep covered and cook 8 hours or until thick and dark brown, stirring occasionally. (You can do this overnight and can in the morning).
  • Uncover and cook for the last hour on low.
  • If a smoother apple butter is desired, you may puree in blender or food mill.
  • Place in sterile jars with lids and process for 10 minutes in hot water bath or you can freeze.
  • Note: For more information on canning, you can go to the "Canning Forum" on recipezaar for instructions or to have questions answered.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Anna L.
    Is there any way to reduce the sugar or use a sugar substitute in this while keeping the same or similar flavor?
  2. laevans0402
    I accidentally put 2 tablespoons of cinnamon instead of 2 teaspoons do you think it will be ok? Do you have any suggestions Thanks
  3. Jennifer G.
    Do you have to drain any excess liquid?
  4. Laurie H.
    Can this recipe be doubled? I have a large slow cooker


  1. LonghornMama
    Fantastic! I bought nine pounds of organic apples for $2.00 and was looking for something easy to do with them. Took Pam's advice and used the apple slicer which made prep incredibly easy. Used my 5 quart crock pot and simmered as directed. It is worth storing a crock pot just for this recipe. I had an incredibly busy day, but was able to make this apple butter on top of grocery shopping, my son's birthday party, baseball practice and dinner out. Fills the house with such a wonderful scent while cooking! Used my hand blender directly in the crock pot which I highly recommend as it is so much easier than running through a food mill or food processor. Yield is right on and the jars are just gorgeous for gift giving. A sweet treat on baked goods or to use in cooking. I've already had requests for more. Thanks so much for a great recipe!
  2. mymainefamily
    I made this almost exact. Except I got a late start and cooked on high for 3.5 hours, then low for a half an hour. Used an electric hand mixer in the crock to blend. Canned it. And it came out delicious! Looks gorgeous too. Thanks!
  3. copp62
    Absolutely Wonderful. Will defiantly make this my go to recipe. Everyone that received a jar agrees, thanks so much for sharing!!!!!
  4. Duckymama
    Followed recipe with these substitutions: left peels on and used light brown sugar. Delicious!!!! My husband and I had some grandmothers that would have approved 100%!
  5. Diana 2
    Very nice flavour, and not overly sweet. I expect that mostly depends on which variety you use. I used 6 lbs of Gravensteins. It took longer to cook, but maybe there was more water content in this particular type. It still wasn't as thick as I would have liked, but the flavour more than makes up for it. Next time I may help the thickening process with some corn starch. I ended up with 8 half pints jars. Thanks Pam for sharing.


  1. scsoule1430
    Added red wine while cooking
  2. Mrs. Hughes
    This was so good and so easy! I will definitely keep this recipe and make it again. The only thing I changed was that I used allspice instead of cloves (didn't have any) and it still turned out GREAT! I got the apples from a summer apple tree. They're really not very tasty right off the tree but they were delicious in this recipe. I think any apple would make a good apple butter with this recipe. My apple butter turned out a bit thick with little chunks of apple (yummy). I got 12 half pint jars.



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