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  1. Ideas for how to use this apple butter recipe:
  2. Have I convinced you to make this recipe?
  3. Watch how to make this apple butter recipe
  4. Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe

Apple butter used to seem like a delicacy, reserved for special festivals and events. I grew up thinking apple butter must be extremely time-consuming to make or involve too much work since we never made it.  I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it made (and let me know down below in the comments section if you have!), but at fall festivals they usually show a large cast-iron pot being stirred for hours as apples, sugar, and spices are cooked until they reach the perfect consistency. Honestly, this is how I thought you had to make this apple spread – I guess I was a little naive.

As I started researching how to make apple butter, the recipes that kept catching my eye all used slow cookers to steadily cook the butter for hours. This opened up a whole new world for me! Making a simple and quick apple butter with hardly any work that I can walk away from as it cooks – uhhh… what more could I ask for?!

Slow cooker apple butter spread on piece of homemade white bread sitting on a cutting board with extra bread loaf behind on a gray slate surface with extra apples in background

This almost sounds too good to be true, but it really does come together to create the perfect recipe for slow cooker apple butter. As the apples simmer for hours, your house will be filled with the aroma of cinnamon and sugar. And when it’s all done cooking, you’re left with a thick and delicious apple butter.

Slow cooker apple butter spread on piece of homemade bread with bite taken out on a wood cutting board on a gray slate surface
So creamy and delicious! It’s mouth-watering, right?!

For the perfect bread to complement this apple butter (shown in the above pictures), make sure to try my bread recipe!

Ideas for how to use this apple butter recipe:

This year, I froze all of the spread I made and am super excited to use it with:

  • Pork chops
  • Homemade breads – yeah, the combo of homemade butter and homemade bread will make you a self-sufficient guru!
  • As a mix-in for a fall-themed latte

Have I convinced you to make this recipe?

I hope you make this recipe and put some food on your table. Leave a comment and share a star rating so you can let others know how much you love this recipe. This helps show others that this is a recipe they, too, can make, enjoy, and love!

Watch how to make this apple butter recipe

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Jar of slow cooker apple butter with loaf of bread beside it and knife in front of a gray slate surface with extra apples in background

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

4.63 from 95 votes
This apple butter is made in a slow cooker and is pretty much a set-it-and-forget it spread. It’s creamy, sweet and the perfect flavor for fall!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 17 hours
Total Time 17 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 pints


  • 4 qt apples sliced
  • 2 ¾ cups light brown sugar
  • 2 ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 star anise pod (optional)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt


  • Wash, peel, and take out the seeds from the apples. Slice thinly. Measure out four quarts of apples. Pour all apples into slow cooker.
  • Add sugar, cinnamon, cloves, anise pod, salt, and lemon juice. Stir to incorporate everything.
  • Turn slow cooker on high for 4-5 hours. After the first hour, remove the star anise pod, if added. Every hour, stir the apples.
  • Once the mixture is bubbling and cooking well (after approximately 4-5 hours), turn the slow cooker to low and leave for 10-12 hours. I usually do this in the evening so it can sit on the low setting overnight.
  • After ten hours, start checking the slow cooker. Stir mixture using a strong wire whisk or hand potato masher to break up the apples.
  • Once the butter is the consistency desired, use a blender, food processor, or immersion blender to break down the rest of the apples to achieve an even consistency.
  • Let cool. Freeze or can the mixture.


  • Remember that apples contain a large amount of water and will cook down considerably. They also vary a lot in how they cook. My apples had a lot of liquid in them so I needed to give them 2 extra hours on high (with the lid off) to make sure my apple butter turned out as thick as I wanted.


Serving: 1tbspCalories: 16kcalCarbohydrates: 4.2gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12.2mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 3.8g
Course Preserving
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Slow Cooker
Jar of slow cooker apple butter with loaf of bread beside it and knife sitting on a wood cutting board in front of a gray slate surface
Slow cooker apple butter spread on piece of homemade white bread sitting on a cutting board with extra bread loaf behind on a gray slate surface

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  1. This is awesome information! I had the exact same attitude toward apple butter. Can’t wait to make this.

    1. Hi Cheryl! Eight to ten pounds of apples, depending on the variety, should yield four quarts of sliced and peeled apples.

    1. Rebecca,

      Soft apple varieties work best, like a macintosh. Harder apples like honey crisp take too long to break down and can leave the butter with a gritty texture. Make sure your apples are very ripe also! Hope it turns out well and that you enjoy!


      1. 5 stars
        I made2 batches of the crockpot apple butter and they both came out fantastic. So easy to make!

        For the second batch, I added some jalapeños. It gave it a nice kick without being too hot.

  2. When I was a younger woman, we had a what is called a “gentleman’s farm”. It was 3 acres and we had a small garden, horses, chickens, goats, and of course dogs and cats. We had a small orchard in place when we bought it. I canned every bit of fruit I could salvage before the bees could suck it dry. Apple butter and peach butter were my specialties. Apple butter has always been my favorite. As long as I can remember it has always been on our table. Don’t know where you are, but here it’s available in the organic food section AND the regular jams and jellies at the grocers. As far as making it, it takes a lot of dedicated time, because you have to stay with it. That’s why it’s always been a family thing with us. Takes more than 2 hands. I have NO idea what kind of apples ours were, but they were hard half green and half red, tart, not really good for eating. I added as little sugar as I could to taste. The recipe says to runs the mixture thru the blender, but often, small pieces of the core will make its way in. Mashing it thru a sieve ensures getting any unwanted pieces out. So it takes a few more seconds. It makes a big dif.

    1. I would love to have your recipe for apple butter. My mother passed away in 2003. You and my mother share the same name. Kind of special “meeting” another Carol Brewer.

  3. 5 stars
    I love making apple butter this way. Time to get set up for a batch. By the way use it on waffles in the morning. They are great

  4. 5 stars
    Hi! Brings back wonderful memories of my grandma. She made apple butter every year using gravensteins from a big tree in her backyard. It was sooo delicious!!! I’ve made it on occasion too. I remembering burning a batch one year – ooops! Love your posts! I’ve learned a lot watching your videos. Thanks!! Keep them coming!

  5. What type of 🍎 🍏 do to use? Do you mix different types ? How do to measure a quart? 4 cups? Like s measuring cup?

  6. Hi,
    I tried to send you a message the other evening but it didn’t go through. What I want to know is, why don’t you have your own show on HGTV??
    I found you on Instagram by accident and have watched all of your posts. Enjoy you so much, you amaze me with all your knowledge and talent.
    I think you would have the number one show on HGTV.

  7. Love fall and all it in compasses. Can’t wait to try this recipe and I’m going to try to make an apple butter latte. Thanks for the recipe and suggestion about the latte.

    1. I’m canning my apple butter right now. Using a water bath canner. I process for 10 minutes in 1/2 pint or pint jars.

    2. 1st off live your videos and recipes!! I made this apple butter recipe last year and it filled the house with wonderful aroma and turned out delicious!! Headed to farmer’s market to get some apples to make again this year!!! Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes!!

  8. 5 stars
    This is absolutely Delicious I made 8 Jars and now there are 2 left.Thank u for this yummy Recipe. I made a sauce for my Pork chops and I used it to glaze my Apple -Nut Cake.I love ur Garden Clips I have learned so .any got things and how to lay out my garden.Thank u for sharing urine with us.

  9. Kaleb,
    I so wish we were neighbors!!!!
    Your an amazing person!!!
    Love that you carry on the traditions of your family!!
    In gratitude,

  10. One of my fondest memories is making apple butter with my mom and canning it. I think the best apple butter is using a variety of red & green cooking apples- at least 2 to 3 kinds witch gives the best flavor. We cooked it in a heavy bottom pot on the stove and added only sugar and cinnamon to the apple butter. I now use an immersion blender to smooth out the apple butter before canning. Will have to try this crock pot method and make a batch this fall! 🍏🍎😋

  11. Can’t wait to try! A Friend of mine introduced me to cherry butter recently and then gifted me pear butter and peach better as well. The cherry butter and peach butter are amazing on pork! Can’t wait to try Apple thanks again

  12. I enjoy watching you on Facebook. I am going to use your recipe for apple butter. One question…on Facebook, you used brown sugar but the recipe on your website says sugar…what type do I use? Thanks

  13. Definitely going to try this. Found your videos by accident and now I look forward to them. I love that you garden in a zone 5 like I do in central New York.

    Been trying to find the recipe for the Lemon curd cake, with raspberry filling you had for your birthday. But alas, so far no luck. Can you post that on your site.
    Thanks again for brightening my day. Love your relationship with your mom, as I am of that age 😂

  14. Hi Kaleb 🙂
    How long should allple butter jars be left in a bath? I love to dabble and experiment but I’m new to canning so I don’t want to guess.

  15. I’m curious about the star anise, I know it’s optional, just wondering if it ends up dominating or just helps round out the flavor? Not a huge fan, but don’t want the end product to taste like something is missing.

  16. ZMy family and friend know I love them when they get Apple butter and a home made loaf of bread for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Thanks for your inspiration!

  17. Made it last night! Delicious! Took a jar to
    my next door neighbor and she teared up, her grammy used to make it💕. Going to make another batch later this week to freeze and share. Thank you, so fun and easy!

  18. Just made this tonight. My house smells amazing and excited to try the apple butter in the morning. Thanks for the recipe, your videos are great.

  19. I made this for the first time ever it turned out great… I ended up with 5 quarts but my question is now that it’s in my canning jars and I want to freeze it is there any other special steps I need to take or do I simply put it in my freezer since its cooled all the way down…

  20. 5 stars
    I’m glad I watched your video first and then went to the recipe. Made this yesterday and it’s delicious – didn’t peel the apples and used brown sugar like your video and used 3 different types of apples. Bought way too many apples so thinking I’ll be making a couple more batches this week! May have to can some so I can give it away to friends!

  21. 5 stars
    This looks yummy! I inherited my grandmothers 28″ diameter antique copper apple butter kettle. I will never use it so its just a family heirloom.I have a bad back and knees so standing for long periods of time is out.This method is my kind of recipe.Thanks for sharing!

  22. 5 stars
    My third batch is in the crock pot now ready to be canned. Super easy and delicious. Thanks for highlighting canning and all things home!

  23. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday. My house smells wonderful and the apple butter is phenomenal. Half of my apples are a rather sweet variety so I used 1/2 cup less brown sugar. Perfection taste wise and beautiful in the jars as well!

  24. 5 stars
    Made this last night and this morning I put them in my freezer plastic jars going into freezer for Christmas gifts with some home made bread I will make there going love it
    Thank you

  25. Love Apple Butter. It was my Dad’s favorite on bread. Always bought it in Lancaster, PA or Kutztown, PA.

  26. So you don’t have to process this after it’s done ? Thanks I love watching you . You make everything look
    So simple . O talking about the apple butter . Lol
    From Texas

  27. 5 stars
    Where do you get all the beautiful canning jars? Love the apple butter. My kids loved it and ate with french toast, regular toast and even waffles. Yes! it does works awesome with pork! Thank you. Love your videos and you!😁

  28. 5 stars
    Hi! This looks fantastic! I dont know much in regards to canning, so I know I am probably over thinking this, but lol after the butter cools and you put it in the freezer, do you leave it there until you plan to use it and then refrigerate it? Do you freeze it for just a certain amount of time? How does that part work?

  29. I’ve never made apple butter before, as a matter of fact I’ve never tasted it; but your recipe sounded so simple that I thought I would give it a try. I don’t have a large slow cooker, good excuse to buy one (lol) and also, where did you get the jars you used in your video. Can’t wait to try this; my son and his wife went to an apple festival this past weekend and brought be back a whole lot of apples of different kinds, granny smith, gala, and one more kind (can’t think of it). I’m going to start mine tomorrow evening (Monday). Wish me luck and I’ll let you know how it turns out. Have a great fall season!!! Mary Dickens, from Virginia

  30. Made it… great time saver. I’m from the old school stove top prep..BUT… more!!!!😊. Thank you and Happy Fall, Happy Life.

  31. 5 stars
    Omg! This recipe is so delicious and video makes it easy to make. I used 5-6 varieties of local ripe cooking and eating apples. Peeling and cutting up the apples took the most time so I had my family help. Turned out so so good. I was reluctant but shared couple of jars with my neighbors. They love it too!

  32. I have only been watching your videos for about a month. I am so happy I found you. I am 65 years old and have just gotten to gardening , baking and cooking from recipes for the first time in my life. What have been doing all this time? Working, taking care of my daughter, mom and dad. I have learned so much watching you. Thank you! I made your apple butter recipe. OMG!!! It’s to die for. I guess I have been in my little world because I have never heard of Apple butter. I will be making often. 🧡

  33. 5 stars
    Excellent! I wish that I had come across this recipe a month ago. I was giving away apples. I made your recipe in my crock pot yesterday afternoon. They are now cooling down and it looks and tastes so yummy! Thank you.

  34. I’ve made 2 batches following your recipe and love it! I can these and am making for Christmas gifts. Thank you for an easy way to make a favorite! Hot mustard next!

  35. When he bought the houdeI visited a friend on northern Nv last week and brought home about 8 lbs of apples. He didntknow what kind they were as the trees were there when he bought the house. They are smal) like maybe crab apples. Some are red, green or yellow??. I only have my very old original round crock pot. Can I use it?

  36. 5 stars
    I just got some reusable canning lids so I am making your recipe! Wonderful!! I am printing it for my keeper file! Oh and the tattler lids work very well if you are into canning I would suggest that you invest in some they are well worth it.

  37. This is delicious and so easy to make. I am making my third batch today! I’ve delivered several jars to the front doors of friends that are “shut in”.
    Thank you for the recipe. I enjoy all your posts!

  38. I made this with a co-workers apples from her trees and it was great! I’m doing it again but this time adding a different co-workers persimmons to the mix! Hope it comes out good. I already gave most of my first batch away, so I need more! It goes too fast!

  39. Recipe looks easy and delicious. I make a German plum butter in the crock pot to and it turned just like I remembered. So easy.

  40. I can’t wait to try this! I’m sure my house will smell amazing and my family will be happy to try this. How long do you think it keeps in the fridge?

  41. I love this apple butter recipe. It was a hit with my family. My daughter asked me to make it for Christmas so that we could gift it to family and friends.

    Thank you!

  42. 5 stars
    100% super delicious as all ok Kaleb’s Recipes are!!
    I’ve never tried apple butter until this past fall and love this easy to follow recipe!! Yummm 😋 was totally delicious!
    Thank You Kaleb
    Much Appreciated,

  43. I made this!! So delicious and decadent! I like it on anything and everything, but Brie is one of my favorites! Thank you! You are such a great joyful diversion, in this crazy world!

  44. I love watching you have so much fun making all of your goodies. It’s been a long time since I canned anything but watching you I have decided to start all over again. I really appreciate your channel and I will be watching and learning. Thank You so much. Keep it up.❤️💯💯

  45. 5 stars
    Used frozen apples I had in freezer. This turned out perfect. Sooooo much easier than old way on stovetop. I used a variety of apples from Granny Smith to honey crisp. This will be my go to recipe I canned mine
    Also did strawberry jam. It also turned out perfect.
    Thanks for sharing your recipes
    Mustard pickles next!!

  46. Please tell me the name of your slow cooker. I don’t have one and I can’t wait to make this.

  47. 5 stars
    OMFWTA!!!! Words cannot express how I feel eating this apple butter. Love love loved! Thank you so for sharing.

  48. 5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic! It’s super easy and packed full of old fashioned apple butter taste. Thank you for sharing your recipe!!!

  49. I live near a town in Ohio that has a fall festival – Apple Butter Stirrin’. They make and sell apple butter made as you described— a big kettle over a fire, stirred with a long, wooden paddle and, of course, anyone is invited to stir a little. They make sweetened and unsweetened.

    I had a recipe, years ago, for making apple butter in a slow cooker, lost track of it, and never did try it. Your recipe is getting me in the mood to try making it. I make a lot of apple sauce and freeze some, so this would just be a bit beyond. Won’t be too long till my favorite orchard in Amish country will have every kind of apple imaginable. Thanks for the inspiration!

  50. Thank you, my grandmother canned apple butter, it was wonderful. But I never got the recipe. I’m going to try your recipe. Love watching your videos.

  51. While living in West Virginia I had the opportunity to make homemade apple butter with my Aunt and cousins. We did this outside with a big copper kettle and wooden stir utensil. With an enormous amount of wood to keep under the kettle and keeping the fire burning😊My Aunt always put coins in the kettle first,of course they were washed before being put in kettle.I asked why do you put them in there? She was taught by her parents to do it this way. It kept the Apple Butter from sticking to copper kettle as we all took turns stirring. This was an all day job!Fun though,my husband and I really had fun making butter! Then canning it.My aunt and I both use cinnamon oil in our apples. YUMMY! Now were back in Ohio! No copper kettle so I’m making it in my slow cooker. And borrowed my daughters slow cooker to get more made. God Bless. Love watching you.😊

  52. 5 stars
    I saw this recipe and the video and HAD to try it! You made it look SO easy. Guess what? It IS!!! I asked on a public forum in my town for apples, got a reply and I went yesterday to pick some. They were fairly small, but somehow, I got exactly 4 quarts! I prepared them and made the applebutter over night like you suggest. This is sure to be a recipe I make over and over.
    Thank you Kaleb!

  53. Do I refrigerate the apple butter after I make it? I know I can freeze it but it just got done cooling off and I want to give it out on Monday when I go to work so should I refrigerate it or can I leave it out?

    1. Hello! Yes, refrigerate it. It is fine in the refrigerator for a week or two. If longer than that, the freezer is best. But if it’s just until Monday, I would put it in the refrigerator.

  54. 5 stars
    I had never seen apple butter before, but now I am addicted! I have a few apple trees on my property here in Eastern Canada, and this year they really produced well, so I’m so glad that I have this recipe. It only takes 5 or 6 hours in my slow cooker, and it’s a really nice treat to give away! Thanks for the video, it’s always better to see how it’s done.

  55. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy!! It’s so decadent! I made it last year and I’m going to make it again, now that it’s apple season again.
    Or should I try the pumpkin apple butter? 😍

  56. I love this Apple Butter recipe super easy. Just want to say Thank you. Finally using pur apple from our trees to good use this year 2021. Happy Fall

  57. 5 stars
    Made this Apple butter today. We used 4 qts of a mix of peeled, cored, sliced apples. I substituted the brown sugar for 2 cups of Swerve brown sugar substitute and 1/2 cup of monk fruit substitute. Used the spices as directed. I cooked the apples for 5 hours on high and 5 hours on low, covered and 1 extra hour uncover. I used an immersion blender to smooth. I got 6 1/2 cups of delicious apple butter! Love Kaleb’s recipes! Tomorrow…the squash, Brussels sprouts pizza!

  58. 5 stars
    I was a little hesitant to leave the crockpot on overnight, but I went for it anyway. Just as you said it turned out so beautifully smooth and delicious! I did put about 1/2 cup of apple cider in it which probably wasn’t needed, and I cooked it a few hours longer. So easy and will make great Christmas gifts! Trying your pumpkin butter recipe today.
    Thanks for the great videos you post, they are so fun and informative. I too am a Midwesterner zone 5.

  59. Every recipe that I make of yours is successful and this includes the apple butter recipe! Not only did I make it with my daughter in Virginia, but when I came back home to SoCal, I made it with my sister. This recipe is easy and flavorful. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  60. 5 stars
    Love your recipe, have made it twice, family loves it also! Question? Can you make this in an instapot? If so any idea how long?

  61. Hi kaleb, I just wanted to tell how much I enjoy all your recipes and loved your house tour! You make watching so enjoyable. You seem like such a happy sincere person.

  62. 5 stars
    I’ve been making apple butter like this for years, freezing it. It’s soooo easy! Several years ago I started canning it in pints and quarts, as well as some in small decorative jars that are perfect Christmas treats for family and friends. I use just a small amount of Splenda’s brown sugar baking blend for flavor, and supplement with monk fruit, depending on the natural sweetness of the apples. People are always impressed and think it’s difficult to make. I won’t tell them how easy it is! LOL

  63. 5 stars
    So easy to make and so delicious however you eat it.
    I made french onion soup, from scratch, it called apple butter; i used my one from this recipe.
    The whole family went crazy.
    All said “ best ever Mom”
    Will be doing all this over again, once i make my apple butter.
    Do not think a commercial one would have the richness of this recipe. Thank you

  64. 5 stars
    I LOVE when I see this recipe pinned to your home page for the month because that means it’s time! My favorite time of the year is around the corner. I used your recipe for the last two years and my only thought this year is I have to make at least two more batches. Of all the jams and jellies I make each year this is the only one where there isn’t at least one jar remaining. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe and simple technique, Kaleb!

  65. Please when you post a recipe, as in your apple butter, state whether you use light or dark brown sugar. Thank you. Love your videos.

  66. First year in canning it’s going exceptionally well because of your great advice. Watching your posts on fb really make me feel important living on this farm/acreage of ours. I can’t tell you how lucky you are to have such a great mom and gifts given from your grandmothers wisdom and I’m sure you’ll keep family traditions alive! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We live in Cresco, IA
    Home area of Norman Borlaug. The Noble Peace Prize Awarded for feeding the World.

  67. I started learning to make jams about a month ago. So far, I have made cherry, strawberry, cowboy candy(candied jalapeños) salsa, peach and pumpkin butter, tomato jam.I am amazed at what I am learning and love doing it AND I know exactly what goes into everything I do💜😊

  68. 5 stars
    I have been experimenting with apple butter recipes for several weeks in anticipation of entering a jar at our local fair & to make as Christmas gifts for family & friends. I love your recipe and it is my favorite! I pressed it through a chinois and the texture was lovely. Question: do you think light brown sugar is best? I used dark brown sugar & it tasted a little scorched but was still delicious.

  69. Hi Kaleb,
    I love your recipes and videos. I could absolutely watch you all day. I was wondering where did you get your pyrex measuring cup, you used in your video for the apple butter. I ha e always wanted one and would love to purchase one if I can find it.

  70. 5 stars
    I made this and shared it throughout the neighborhood. Everyone loved it!!! It’s AMAZING which says a lot coming from me as it is extremely rare I eat anything apple.

  71. I grew up makin in the oven cookin and stirrin for hours. Then we learn how to do in dlow cooker. We mafe purs a little different than u. Still same great taste. Now i make it suger free still good.

    1. 5 stars
      I canned mine, then no worries if the power goes out.

      will last, so you can give some as Christmas gifts.
      special people only ; ))

  72. When I was a young girl, my parents would drop me off at my grandmother’s for the day to make apple butter. They both worked. She had a great big copper kettle with a big wooden stick used for stirring. She would put a silver dollar in the bottom of the kettle while the apples cooked. My brother and I would take turns stirring all day long. This is a memory that I will never forget! Oh what fun it was to spend time with my grandmother. I miss those days!

  73. 5 stars
    I made this last year, It is absolutely delicious. So easy, in the slow cooker, get up smelling the apple butter. YUMMMM

    I do can mine, and give some for gifts, only to people who appreciate home made goodies.

  74. 5 stars
    Stellar recipe! Our family and friends love Apple butter and it’s a treat to make and share. I’ve made this recipe 6+ times with great success. Yay!