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Best Apple Butter Recipe
Homemade Apple Butter
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins
Went apple picking? Got lots of apples? Make this easy homemade apple butter recipe! Just a few simple ingredients and so much delicious Fall flavor!
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Butter, apple butter recipe, crockpot apple butter, how to make apple butter
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 23 kcal
  • about 4 pounds apples (roughly 9 medium-sized apples), peeled and cored
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • juice of half a lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  1. Place the apples, apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a large pot, and cook over medium-low heat, uncovered, (stirring occasionally) until the apples have become very soft (about 1 hour).
  2. Use a hand blender to puree the mixture (or ladle it into a regular blender in batches) until smooth.
  3. Place the puree back into the pot and continue to cook, uncovered, (stirring occasionally) until thick, velvety, and deep mahogany brown (about 1 hour).
  4. Stir in the lemon juice, transfer the mixture to jars, and keep refrigerated.*

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*Apple butter can also be canned. Ladle into sterilized jars, wipe the rims clean, screw on fresh lids and submerge in boiling water for 10 minutes. Processed jars of apple butter will keep at room temperature for several months.

Makes about 4 4-ounce jars of apple butter.

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Apple Butter
Amount Per Serving (1 /32)
Calories 23
% Daily Value*
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.