How to Make Apple Butter in a Crockpot

Get all the details on how to make a tasty apple butter in a crockpot, including what ingredients you’ll need and how long it will take.

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Apple butter is a fall favorite, and it’s so easy to make in a crockpot! This recipe is for a lightly spiced apple butter that’s perfect for spreading on toast or using as a topping for pancakes or waffles.

-6 cups apples, peeled and cubed
-1 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/4 teaspoon cloves

1. Add all ingredients to a crockpot and stir to combine.
2. Set the crockpot to low and cook for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally, until the apples are very soft and the mixture has thickened.
3. Use an immersion blender or transfer the mixture to a regular blender and blend until smooth.
4. Return the mixture to the crockpot and cook on low for another hour or two, until it is thickened to your desired consistency. Store in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

What You Will Need

-6 to 7 cups of apples, peeled, cored and chopped
-1 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
-1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Add apples to a 6-quart slow cooker.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour over apples.
3. Cook on HIGH for 6 to 8 hours, or on LOW for 8 to 10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the apples are very soft and the mixture is thick and dark brown.
4. Remove the lid and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until the mixture is thick enough to spread on toast or crackers.
5. Ladle into jars or containers and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

The Process

Peal and chop 6-7 cups of apples. I used a mix of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples. You don’t need to remove the seeds or cores. Just chop them into bite sized pieces. Add the apples to your crockpot.

Next, add in 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stir everything together until the apples are coated in the spices.

Put the lid on your crockpot and set it to cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Stir the apple butter a few times throughout cooking, but otherwise let it cook undisturbed.

After 8 hours (or 4 hours on high), use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until it’s smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender you can carefully transfer the hot apple butter to a regular blender and blend it until smooth. Be very careful doing this!

Once the apple butter is smooth, put the lid back on and let it cook for another 30 minutes to an hour so that it can thicken up a bit more. Once it’s thickened to your liking, turn off the crockpot and let the apple butter cool before storing in jars or other containers.

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to making the best apple butter in your crockpot!

-Use a mix of different apples for the best flavor. A mix of Granny Smith apples and sweeter apples like Red Delicious or Honeycrisp work well together.
-Core and chop the apples before adding them to the crockpot. There’s no need to peel them, the skin will add color and nutrients to the finished apple butter.
-Add a splash apple cider vinegar to the mix. This will help to balance out the sweetness of the apples and give the finished product a slightly tart flavor.
-Stir in some fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice for a cozy, comforting flavor.
-Cook on low for 8-10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and dark brown in color.
-Let the finished apple butter cool slightly before transferring it to jars or freezer-safe containers.


Now that you know how to make apple butter in a crockpot, you can enjoy this delicious treat any time of year. Be sure to try different variations, such as adding cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor. With a little trial and error, you’ll be able to perfect your own unique recipe.

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