Crock Pot Apple Butter

homemade apple butter in a crock pot

Crock Pot Apple Butter is one of the easiest things to make.  It cooks for a while, but the prep and actual “work” is next to nill.  This was my first time making apple butter, and I’m so thankful to all my Facebook friends that shared their favorite recipes with me.  I experimented a little, followed my instincts, and here’s what I did for Crock Pot Apple Butter.


  • 20-22 medium-sized apples
  • 2 cups of unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 small lemon squeezed for juice or 2 tbs fresh lemon juice (helps with preserving)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon or 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar (I used organic succanat)


Cut Apples

Step One: Start out in the morning and cut, peel and core your apples.  This is the only “real work” you have to do.

Step Two: Fill your crock pot with apples.

Step Two: Add in 2 cups of unfiltered apple juice (I used RW Knudsen’s organic one – on sale BOGO at Kroger this week!).

Step Three: Put the lid on and cook on high for the day, and turn to medium at night.  Grab lunch, hang out with the kids, and enjoy the smell!  By the way, you won’t have to light candles or use room fragrance for several days! Mmm….

Step Four: The next morning stir it up and add in the rest of your ingredients.  As you’re doing this, try not to let the drool from your mouth get into the pot. Put the lid back on and continue cooking on high.  You can stir it frequently if you want to let more of the aroma out like I did, but stirring only on occasion is what’s needed. 🙂

Crock Pot Apple Butter

Step Five: Later that evening, take the lid off and let all the extra liquid cook off (a few hours).  If it’s nice and thick and glossy, then it’s done!  Pull out the cinnamon sticks, and transfer it to a container for canning, freezing or refrigeration.

1 Quart of Apple Butter

Makes 1 quart.  Ours went straight from the pot to our mouths, and in the fridge went the leftovers! It is so yummy, I doubt it will last long around here.

Apples are cheap and in season right now, and you can find some great deals at the farmer’s market.  So grab some deals, and make some easy Crock Pot Apple Butter!

Not in the mood to make your own homemade crock pot apple butter? Here’s how to freeze apples, so that you can store your apples for upcoming smoothies, pies, apple and oats breakfast pudding and more! And if you’re really feeling adventurous, make your own apple juice!

By |2010-09-10T15:47:23-04:00September 10th, 2010|Apple Recipes, Home and Garden|30 Comments

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  1. Ashley September 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Yum! My recipe is slightly different and only takes about four hours but it is so super yummy! I always make a few batches since we have an apple tree. 🙂

  2. Rachel @ Surviving The Stores September 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to try it!! Wish you guys lived closer so I could just come over and have some of yours. 🙂

  3. Jennifer September 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    YAY! Thanks!
    Can I put leftovers in ziplocks & into the freezer? I dont know that my husband likes this & I dont know the first thing about canning stuff.

    • Crystal September 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can definitely freeze it that way!

  4. Dianna September 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    That does look yummy! LOL – I really like mine on crispy thin fried mush. We used to have that when I was little.

  5. lisa September 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Lovely. did you really only end up with one quart ? 🙂
    I made mine using my biggest crk pot & ended up with several 🙂


  6. Dianna Mason September 10, 2010 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Pampered Chef makes an Apple slicer that peels, slices, and cores the apple with a crank of a handle. You can use it for potatoes too. The only thing I had troubles with was the apples all should be the same size. I gave mine to my sister-in-law who makes apple pie all the time when I no longer used it. She loves it.

  7. Crystal September 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Yummy. 🙂 I might have to come over and eat some, lol. BTW, Good tip Dianna. I have an apple slicer, but not one that peels.

  8. Michelle Ashley September 11, 2010 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    ok question…how in the world do that many apples fit into the croc pot?? And after all of that you only get 1 quart? I have never made apple butter or canned before but was hoping to do some this fall.

  9. Merry Jo September 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    We make it every year ~ several friends and I take one week and make TONS of apple sauce and apple butter (we have 4 crock pots going at the same time!). We make the unsweetened sauce first (core & slice apples (no need to skin them), then cook them with just a little water (enough to keep it from sticking) on the stove until soft. Then put it through your food mill and wa-la! Applesauce!). Our apple butter recipe is this: Put into the crock pot 3 quarts unsweetened applesauce, 3 c. sugar, 4 tsp. cinnamon, 2 tsp. ground cloves, 2 tsp. nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp. allspice. Combine. Cover. Cook on high 8-10 hrs. Remove lid during last 4 hours. Stir occasionally. This is quicker, and maybe a little easier. Oh, and we usually get 2 or 2 1/2 quarts of butter for 3 quarts of sauce we start with. Hope this helps! 🙂

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  11. melanie September 19, 2010 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Love your blog first of all. I made the apple/oatmeal with steel cut oats and let it soak overnight….it was great. I am goign to make another batch…I am hoping the fiber will help keep me full on my diet. We are doing the apples for the apple butter right now!
    Thanks for all you do….really enjoy your blog.

  12. Crystal August 31, 2011 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    yet another thing i want to try this weekend!

  13. Alison August 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    I love the Crock Pot Girls!

  14. Janet August 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for posting. I will be making some this fall!!!

  15. Ashley August 31, 2011 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    i love crock pot apple butter. its the best!

  16. Amanda August 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    easy, and yummy! I’m looking forward to driving up to the mountains in about a month and buying farm fresh apples and making it then!

  17. Brittany August 31, 2011 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Mmmm couple more weeks and I’ll be spending a fortune on apples, apple butter, apple sauce, apple pies, chicken with apples, apple crisp.. My son will eat only apples if I’d let him… We love apples and can’t wait for the apple festival here! Would love to make my own cider if anyone has a way

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  19. Tracy Mitchell November 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    How long will the Apple Butter keep if I put in the jars in the fridge…thinking about incorporating some into a basket for Christmas gifts!!

  20. Faith December 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    I started making this yesterday, it is now 6pm the following day and it is just now at the right consistency,to me. It looks like I will end up with 1 qt. , which for an end product like this is perfect once it gets divided into smaller jars and canned. It will serve my family of 4 for the year. 🙂

    • Crystal Collins December 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      So glad it’s turning out good Faith! And doesn’t your house just smell wonderful?? 🙂

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  25. Amanda September 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    We try to avoid sugar–could I use syrup or honey instead?

  26. Steve Hurlburt November 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Tried this yesterday and it came out great. I didn’t let it cook as long as the recipe recommended (~12 hours on High and ~8 on low at night) but it seems fine. Mine is darker than the images and I ran it through the blender to smooth it out (butter, not jam) and it tastes great on biscuits and English muffins. I ended up with a quart and a half.

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