This crockpot apple butter recipe is a sponsored post created in partnership with Albertsons.
Growing up, I never experienced apple butter. Lots of apple sauce, but never apple butter. My husband is actually the first one that introduced me to it. At first I thought it was something made with actual butter, but after a quick search online, I realized it had nothing to do with butter!
The first time I made it, I did it on the stove and it took forever. I got so tired of stirring it, that I didn’t let it get quite thick enough. After that, I decided it was just too much work.
However, now that it’s apple picking season and you can get apples from the new crop at grocery stores, I decided to give it another try. This time in the crockpot, one of the handiest inventions ever.
I picked up about 4 pounds of Gala apples because they’re on sale at Albertsons right now during their Stock Up Sale. Organic Gala apples are only $1.79 per pound and conventional Gala apples are $0.99 per pound.
Even though it’s a very long process to make apple butter in the slow cooker, it’s so worth it because you can leave it for hours without stirring it! All in all, I left mine running for 30 hours, but almost everything takes longer to cook at altitude, so it may not take you quite as long.
Super Easy Crockpot Apple Butter
- 4 pounds organic Gala apples
- 1/2 cup unrefined organic cane sugar
- 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (recipe here)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I used a glycerin-based one)
- Core, peel and chop apples. I use a gadget that cores and chops them, then I peel each of those pieces. Make sure to peel them well or you’ll end up with pieces of peel in your apple butter.
- Put apples into your crockpot, then sprinkle the sugars and pumpkin pie spice over them and stir.
- Turn the crockpot on low and allow to cook for 10-12 hours or overnight.
- Mash the apples (I used a potato masher), add the vanilla, then continue cooking on low (or warm) for 2-3 more hours.
- Use an immersion blender to puree the apple mixture. Alternatively, you could put it into a blender to puree.
- Continue cooking in the crockpot on low or warm, stirring every couple hours, until it reaches the desired consistency. It should be thicker and richer than apple sauce.
- My kids like to eat it on bread, but it’s also great stirred into oatmeal or yogurt and even on it’s own as a sweet treat!