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Apple butter in a glass jar, sourrounded by apples and leaves.

Crock Pot Apple Butter

Heather Smoke
This silky and spicy apple butter is easy to make in a crock pot, and delicious on toast, stirred into oatmeal, or baked into breads and cakes.

All recipes on Curly Girl Kitchen are developed for high altitude at 5,280 feet.

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs
Total Time 10 hrs 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings5 1/2 cups


  • Crock Pot or Slow Cooker
  • Blender or Food Processor


  • 10 large apples
  • ¼ cup apple cider or apple juice
  • ¼ cup molasses (not Blackstrap), optional
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Peel and core the apples, and cut them into quarters. Combine the apples and the remaining ingredients in your crock pot.
  • Cook on low for about 6-8 hours, until the apples are very soft.
  • Use an immersion blender, a regular blender or a food processor to puree the apple butter until silky smooth.
  • Return the apple butter to the crock pot and cook on low for another 1-2 hours, until thickened.
  • Ladle the apple butter into glass jam jars. If refrigerated, you should consume the apple butter within about 3 months or less. If you have the freezer space, you can freeze the jars for up to 1 year. Or, follow standard canning procedures to can and seal the jars, making them safe to store in your pantry for 1-2 years.
Keyword Apple Butter, Crock Pot
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