Easy Peasy Apple Butter


Easy Peasy Apple Butter


  • 6lb apples (peeled and cored)
  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice


Apple butter is one those recipes that welcomes many flavors and spices to the mix. Sometimes I add different extracts, liqueurs and spices in the final stages of reduction (like calvados, and cardamon). It's really up to you to create the flavor notes in the apple butter. Whether simple or complex, it's all delicious.


Step 1
Wash, peel, core and chop apples.
Step 2
Add all ingredients to food processor or blender, and puree. This could take a few batches, based on machine's capacity.
Step 3
Cook apple mixture in crockpot on low, lid on, overnight or for 6-8 hours (no hard fast rule). Again, may take a couple batches based on crockpot size.
Step 4
Remove crockpot lid to increase evaporation, cook for several more hours, stirring every once in while to keep mixture homogenous and creamy.
Step 5
When the mixture is thick and no longer runny or soupy it's done. Place apple butter in jars and seal in water bath for at least ten minutes. I don't recommend reducing sugar as it acts as a preservative.