This Easy Peasy Apple Butter Recipe will Make You Warm & Fuzzy!
It requires little effort and is packed with rich warm flavors. It’s amazingly simple, requires no peeling, and thanks to the slow cooker you can walk away and do your nails, read a book, or take a nice long nap! Literally!
With the onset of cooler temperatures & leaves just beginning to change colors, this is the perfect time to harvest apples.
While I had hoped to be able to pick apples from the tree my husband and I planted 6 years ago it sadly didn’t survive last year’s frost, but we still ended up with lots of apples, peaches, and pears thanks to our generous neighbors. Thank you, neighbors!
So if you don’t have an apple tree you might be able to find a neighbor who does, and chances are they’d be more than happy to send you home with a full basket or two. Don’t be afraid to ask. 🙂
Apple Butter is the Perfect Fall Spread
The rich warm flavors of apple butter makes it the perfect little spread to start fall. Like apple pie it just sets the mood for the coming holidays.
This recipe is super easy with just 4 simple ingredients, and you can intensify the flavor even further with nutmeg, vanilla, and even ginger. Still, without those additional ingredients this simple recipe is truly delicious!
This apple butter recipe will yield approximately 3 pints, give or take depending on how thick you make it and it’s just 22 calories per tablespoon so you can have quite a few spoonfuls without feeling guilty!
What’s the Difference Between Apple Butter & Apple Sauce?
The two can be made using the same basic ingredients so they’re kind of same thing but with some big differences.
Apple butter is caramelized and darker in color, richer in flavor, and buttery so you can spread it on your toast or scone. Yum!
Apple sauce is pretty much the opposite. It’s lighter, plain, and a bit runny. You can still spread it on toast… kinda, sorta, not really… it just isn’t as fun and flavorful as apple butter.
Apple butter also makes a really wonderful gift that makes people feel warm & fuzzy when they receive it. In fact, as the giver you will feel that way too! Gifting apple sauce doesn’t have the same effect unless you’re giving it to someone who has babies.
As you may have guessed, I’m not big on apple sauce but it’s mainly because I prefer a thicker sauce. It always leaves me wishing it was apple butter! Sorry, apple sauce. Apple butter won my heart.
What You’ll Need To Make Apple Butter
- To make this beautiful and tasty apple butter you’ll need some crisp sweet apples like Fuji or McIntosh. I used McIntosh apples for my recent batch and it is my favorite so far!
- No need to peel your apples. There’s very little difference in taste or texture once everything is cooked down & blended, and the addition of the skin will only add wonderful nutrients to your apple butter so don’t let that go to waste.
- Caramelize your apples with a mix of brown and white sugar to get that rich warm brown color, lovely spreadable texture, and delectable flavor.
- A little bit of cinnamon spice goes a long way to accentuate the warm sweet flavors of apple butter. Apples and cinnamon were meant for each other, and I rarely leave out cinnamon when apples are a part of a recipe.
- Slow cooker: This recipe calls for 5 pounds of apples and the 16oz Crockpot is the perfect size for the job.
- Immersion blender: I absolutely love my immersion blender for its ease of use & cleaning! A regular blender will still do the job but you’ll need to blend your apples in batches so it will take a bit longer and require more clean up.
How to Make Easy Peasy Apple Butter
- Wash your apples, cut them into thick slices with the skin on, and throw out the core. You’ll need about 5 pounds of sliced apples.
2. Throw your sliced apples into your slow cooker.
3. Add white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon to your apples.
4. Gently turn your apples over a few times to push some of the spices down.
5. Place your lid on your slow cooker and set it to high heat. Let it cook for 2 1/2 hours then set it to low for 6 more hours.
6. It’s time to blend up your apples.
Be careful not to get burned when using the immersion blender. It can sometimes spit your apples around if you tilt your blender or pull it out of your apples while it’s blending. Blend it until it’s nice and smooth.
If you want thicker apple butter just cook it a bit longer until it’s to your liking and keep in mind that as it cools it will continue to thicken. When all is said and done it will yield around 3 to 3 1/2 pints.
How to Eat & Store Apple Butter
Apple butter is delicious on its own as well as on things like toast, scones, and waffles!
While I love me some maple syrup I’ve been finding myself reaching for the apple butter instead for my pancakes. It’s especially amazing when I add a side of bacon to my dish! The sweet and salty combination is so tantalizing!
It’s also super delicious on carrot cake as it makes a great substitute for cream cheese frosting. I suggest trying it warmed up for this dessert which is my favorite way to have it.
And don’t forget to share this with your friends and family! Have it out for brunch or a holiday meal. Gift it to them in small mason jars with a little ribbon and a cute little label. Seriously, little things like this do mean a lot to people, so it’s a lovely way to let others know you’re thinking of them. ❤️
When it comes to storing you have a few options.
Apple butter can be stored in a sealed jar and refrigerated for up to 3 weeks or if you want some for much later they can be frozen for up to 3 to 12 months in freezer bags.
It can also be canned and if done properly you’ll be able to keep it for up to 2 years or more.
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❤️ This is my very first recipe post but I’ll add more soon so I hope you’ll be back soon to check out new recipes! Please let me know how your apple butter turned out!