Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe

Crockpot Apple Butter. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
  • Prep Time
    30 min
  • Cook Time
    720 min
  • Total Time
    750 min
  • Yield

Pull out your crock pot, and whip up a delicious batch of apple butter. Here's how:


  • 6 lbs apples
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


1. Peel, core and slice apples.

2. Put the apples, sugar and spices in a crock pot (4 quarts or larger), cover and cook on high for one hour.

3. Remove the lid, and cook on low (stirring occasionally), until the apple butter reaches a spreadable consistency and is dark brown in color. The cook time time will vary depending on the type of apple you use. (moister apples will take more time, drier apples will take less time).

4. Transfer the finished apple butter to hot, sterilized jars, taking care not to fill past the headspace line.

To Can: Process half-pint or pint jars in a water bath canner for 5 minutes. Process quart jars for 10 minutes. Refrigerate any jars that fail to seal properly, and use them within a few weeks.

To Freeze: Allow the jars to cool. Then, place in the freezer. Use within a year, for the best quality.


  • Use a variety of apples for the best flavor
  • Want to speed up the process? Turn your crock pot on high, and stir more frequently
  • Have a super-big crock pot? This recipe doubles and triples beautifully
  • Prefer to make your apple butter on the stove? No problem. Just set your pot to a low simmer, and stay on top of the stirring, so nothing burns. No recipe modifications are required


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