Adventures in Canning: Crockpot Apple Butter

Once upon a time, there was a lovely lady in my life who I called Aunty Ruth. Aunty Ruth was my nanny circa age 1-5. She was out of this world. A kind soul with a flair for cooking, baking, canning, gardening, sewing, and Jesus. I often find myself working bloggy posts like this one and thinking fondly of her. In the winter the smell of fresh-baked bread would permeate their house. In the summer it was canned peaches, pears, and my favorite, apple butter. She said it was applesauce but I’ve never had applessauce that was this smooth and flavorful. In fact, I can’t stand applesauce, the texture grosses me out. Years later, I tried apple butter at a breakfast house and nearly shouted “This is just like Aunty Ruth’s!!!” From then on, it was apple butter for this girl! Since learning to can, I make it in droves. And why not? I can get a 20 lb box of fresh grown apples for cheap and the work part of it only takes about 2 hours. Not bad for canning indeed!

Apple butter is smooth, flavorful, and sweet. It tastes a lot like apple pie in my opinion. My favorite way to eat it is spreading it on toast or pancakes. It’s also great on pork chops. Warm it up to top vanilla ice cream with and you’ve got a quick and delectable dessert! This stuff is awesome and keeps for nearly a year. If you love apples, you should try making butter!

First you need a bunch of apples, a large crockpot, an apple corer/slicer/peeler, a stick of butter, sugar, spice, and coffee….. because it’s morning and I need coffee. 

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So now you slice/core/peel like there’s no tomorrow.

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Once you’ve got a nice layer on the bottom of your crock pot, sprinkle it with the sugar/spices and top with 1/2 the butter.

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Then peel a bunch more and when you’re close to the top, add more sugar, spice, and the rest of the butter.

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Top with apples to the point of almost overflowing and set your crockpot to high.

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After about 3 hours, the apples will shrink down and soften. You’ll want to take a hand masher and start breaking the apples apart.

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Then slice/peel/core as many apples as will fit on the top.

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Cool! I have just enough left over to make a crisp! 


After another 4 hours, you’re ready to blend. An immersion blender is ideal but you can use a regular blender too.

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Blend until perfectly smooth.

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Can that goodness and enjoy year round!!

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Crockpot Apple Butter
Yields 16
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
7 hr
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
7 hr
  1. 20 lbs apples
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1/2 tsp allspice
  7. 1 stick unsalted butter
  1. In a medium bowl, mix sugars and spices together.
  2. Core/slice/peel apples and place into the crockpot until it's about 1/3 full.
  3. Sprinkle 1/3 of sugar and spice mix over apples.
  4. Place 1/2 butter over spices
  5. Continue to core/slice/peel apples and place into the crockpot until it's about 2/3 full.
  6. Sprinkle 1/3 of sugar and spice mix over apples.
  7. Core/slice/peel apples until the crockpot is practically overflowing, but you can still place the lid on top.
  8. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  9. Use a hand masher to push down and break up the softened apples.
  10. Add remaining sugar and spice to crock pot
  11. Core/slice/peel as many apples as you can fit in the crockpot but still place the lid over.
  12. Cook on high for an additional 4 hours.
  13. Using a immersion blender or regular blender, blend mixture until smooth.
  14. Ladle into 1/2 pint jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
  15. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
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  1. I love apple butter too. But I’ve never actually put butter into it. I don’t for my jams either. And I don’t peel anymore. I just puree it all in with the immersion blender. It is so delicious.
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  2. Hi there – found your post on the freedom friday link party. Apple season is fast approaching. I’ve never made homemade apple butter but will have to try this when we go apple picking and have a ton to use!

  3. I love canning apple butter and this looks like an awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Hey there…just discovered you by way of Refresh Restyle link party. We have never canned before but now feel encouraged to do so! Thanks for this great recipe!
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  5. This is the way I make applesauce. I’ve never made apple butter, I need to try this! Thanks for linking up to Friday Favorites!

  6. Beautiful! Pinned! thanks for the recipe. Linda @crafts a la mode

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