Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter

"This is from the "Cranberry Festival Recipes" booklet I picked up at the cranberry festival in Bordentown NJ (where one of the Ocean Spray facilities is located) many years ago. It was submitted by a woman from Vincetown NJ and is one of my favorite apple butters. I usually use the cranapple juice."
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Ready In:
6hrs 15mins
5 cups




  • Core and chop apple; do not peel.
  • Combine apples, cranberries and cranapple juice in a slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high for five hours.
  • Puree in sieve, food mill or processor.
  • Return pureed mixture to crock pot and add sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Cover and cook on high for 1 to 2 hours.

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  1. EURrosa1
    Delicious! I used apples that fell from my tree. Most were not ripe yet. I peeled them and cut into chunks. Instead of sugar I used honey (less than 1 cup). I did not put them in the blender, but let them as they were. Absolutely fantastic. I ate some warm, out of the crock pot, with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Heavenly! It is good even with nothing. I imagine it will go with cream cheese very well. Thank you so much for sharing.
  2. Sydney Mike
    I seem to be on a kick what with making recipes that include cranberries, but I absolutely love those little red buggers, & since I've got bags & bags of frozen berries, this butter recipe gives me another great way of using them! Thank you for a great-tasting 'butter' & a new addition to my Holiday Gift Ideas cookbook! [Made & reviewed in Tag It RED!]
  3. Outta Here
    This is a nice change from regular apple butter. I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup Splenda, so mine didn't thicken as much in the allotted time, but that is okay, because I can it and use it as a fat substitute in quick breads, instead of apple sauce. Gives breads a nice extra flavor boost, and I am sure the addition of cranberries will really zing up my baked goods. Made for Spring 2008 PAC.
  4. ThinOne
    I make this a lot. Sometimes I used leftover homemade cranberry sauce and combine it with homemade crockpot applesauce and heat it up in the crock pot on low just to meld the flavors. I don't use cloves, I use star anise. This is delicious. Visitors think I am making apple pies and usually settle for a large ladle full on top of vanilla ice cream. I'm sure everyone will love this recipe.



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