Making crock pot apple butter is a delicious way to start the fall season. Learn how to make the best homemade apple butter recipe in your slow cooker.
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, I decided to give it another try. This time in the crock pot, one of the handiest inventions ever.
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 Crock Pot Apple Butter
- 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 warfor 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.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator once cooled.