Happy Fall, Y’all!  It is finally here.  Apple Butter is the perfect recipe for celebrating the delicious apples we have abundantly this time of year.  You could easily make this slow cooker apple butter on your stove, but why bother when you could let your slow cooker do the work.

Ingredients Slow Cooker Apple Butter

You will need 4 pounds of apples, sugar, cinnamon, and allspice to make this fabulous apple butter.  I am going to show you step by step with pictures exactly how to make it.


What is Apple Butter?

First of all, as you saw from the ingredients, apple butter contains no butter.  It is apples that are cook low and slow until the apples have a smooth and buttery taste.  Apple butter is thick and kicked up with more spices than applesauce.  Apple butter cooks for a longer time than apple sauce, which allows it to caramelize.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Can you substitute apple butter for apple sauce in recipes?

You can substitute apple butter for apple sauce when replacing the oil and butter in recipes.  It adds so much flavor to recipes.  It pretty much smells and tastes like fall in a jar.

Apple Butter is the perfect recipe for celebrating the delicious apples we have abundantly this time of the year.
Slow Cooker Apple Butter is the perfect recipe for celebrating the delicious apples we have abundantly this time of year.
Slow Cooker Apple Butter is the perfect recipe for celebrating the delicious apples we have abundantly this time of year.

How Many Apples Do Your Need For This Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe?

Begin making your butter by peeling and coring 4 pounds of apples.  Four pounds of apples is about 16 apples.  Slice the apples into quarters and place the apples at the bottom of a five or 6-quart slow cooker.

Chopped apple layered in crockpot.

Toss Everything In Your Slow Cooker

After adding your apples to the slow cooker, stir in your sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and water.

Add spices and sugar to the crockpot.

Use Your Slow Cooker To Cook Your Apple Butter

Cook the apples on low for 8 hours.  You can do this overnight.  Your apples should be very tender.

Apples after cooking in a slow cooker.

The next morning use your handheld immersion blender and thoroughly blend the apples until smooth and creamy.  If you do not have an immersion blender, allow your apples to cool and combine them in a food processor or blender. 

Why is apple butter thin?

After blending the apple butter, it will be thin or may even look watery.  Do not worry!  It will thicken up as it cools and even more once put in the refrigerator.

Ladle Hot Apple Butter Into Mason Jars

If you are not canning the apple butter, ladle the hot apple butter into heated, clean mason jars.  Place your mason jars on a baking sheet pan and in the oven to heat them—Wip the lids and around the top of the jar clean, secure lids on jars.  Next, refrigerate or give to your friends and family.

How Much Apple Butter Does This Recipe Make?

If using four pounds of apples, 16 medium apples, this recipe will make two quarts.

Use an immersion blender to make the apples smooth and creamy.

How long will apple butter last in the refrigerator?

Homemade apple butter will last three months in the refrigerator.

How long will apple butter last in the freezer?

Homemade apple butter will last up to a year in the freezer.  You have to use freezer-safe jars and leave space at the top of the mason jar.

Recipe Adapted

This recipe is from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.   Their version was cooked on the stove until apples were tender.

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you purchase after clicking a link, I will earn a small commission which helps keep my blog up and running, but it won’t cost you a penny more).

Please see my disclosure.

Print Recipe Add to Collection
5 from 1 vote


Let your slow cooker do all the work for this delicious slow cooker apple butter.
Prep Time5 hrs 38 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Course: side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple butter, crock pot, crockpot, slow cooker
Servings: 2 quarts
Calories: 853kcal


  • 4 pounds apples about 16 medium apples, peeled and cored
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoons cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Wash apples and then core and peel them.
  • Slice the apples into 4 equal parts.
  • Place the apples along with 2 cups water in a slow cooker.
  • Add the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice.
  • pour in the water.
  • Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
  • Use a hand-held immersion blender to blend up the apples until smooth.
  • You can also place cooled apples in a food processor and blend until smooth if you do not have an immersion blender.
  • Ladle the butter into mason jars.
  • Do not fill all the way up to the top of the jars.
  • Makes 3 pints


Calories: 853kcal | Carbohydrates: 223g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 416mg | Potassium: 745mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 201g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg

Other Apple Recipes You Will Enjoy

Fresh Apple Cake


Apple Dump Cake


Fresh Apple Muffins

These Fabulous Apple Muffins With A Crumb Topping Are Not Only Delicious, But Will Make Your House Smell Amazing.  Fresh Apples, Allspice, And Cinnamon, Make An Amazing Muffin.

Apple Turnovers – 2 Ingredients


Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese

Celebrate fall with this fabulous Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese.  It is the best sweet & salty combination, plus it is quick and easy to make. This excellent Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese includes peppered bacon, apples, cheddar cheese, bread, and sweet and spicy honey mustard.

Ham & Apple Grilled Cheese


Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Use a Spice Cake Mix to whip up these quick and easy Caramel Apple Cupcakes.

Fried Apples & Spiced Waffles

Southern Fried Apples are easy to make and so delicious.  They are perfect as a side dish, over ice cream, cake, or over these spiced waffles using a cake mix.  Cooking these Southern Fried Apples low and slow brings out the sweetness.  These apples also include a secret ingredient, maple syrup.

Flaky Apple Pie Crumble


Amazing Apple Fritters


Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia salad is sweet and healthy. This ambrosia is full of delicious fresh apples and oranges. The key to making ambrosia is fresh fruit.  I am going to teach you easy steps to making ambrosia salad that I have been using since I was a little girl.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

100% Free 30-page ebook Cooking Tips & Hacks including Quick and Easy Recipes

...So you can spend precious time with your family around the table enjoying a meal together.

We hate spam and promise to keep your information safe.  Read our privacy policy. Powered by ConvertKit