Recipe By Shellie
Published Jun 19th
Our Apple Butter
Prep 15m Cook 9h Additional - Ready In 9h 15m
Servings 11 4-ounce jars Calories 58.5

My 9-year-old son said ‘Mom, you have to share this with America!’ It’s a huge hit at our house and easy to make.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 5 ½ pounds McIntosh apples - peeled, cored, and chopped
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Blend apples in batches in a blender until no large chunks remain.
  2. 2 Combine blended apples, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger in a slow cooker.
  3. 3 Cook uncovered on High for 1 hour. Place cover on slow cooker and continue cooking, stirring about twice per hour, until smooth, 6 to 8 hours. Remove the cover and continue cooking and stirring until thick and spreadable, 2 to 4 hours.
  4. 4 Spoon into jars leaving about an inch of space at the top; seal and freeze.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 58.5
  • Carbohydrate 15.1 g
  • Fat 0.1 g
  • Fiber 1.4 g
  • Protein 0.2 g
  • Sodium 1.7 mg
  • Sugar 13 g

Chef's Notes

This uses very little sugar and retains lots of the apple flavor. Pureeing beforehand makes it easier than attempting to mash them at a later stage. You can let it cook longer if you want it thicker. *I use this to make roughly eleven 4 oz jelly jars; You can let it cook longer if you want it thicker; You may choose to use whole spices in place of the ground version, but they can lose flavor from cooking for hours in the slow cooker.


  1. Turned out good used all spice along with the cinnamon used less sugar also.
  2. I will make it again. I used a variety of apples and less sugar. My husband really likes it. Thanks.
  3. I loved it! So easy! Tasted so good
  4. amazing apple bomuttwe and will kwep this pne doe lige!!
  5. Making a second batch! I did however add salt as you must always add some salt with making something sweet. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly.
  6. I still used half the sugar the recipe called for. I've never used ginger in my apple butter so it was a nice twist. The family enjoyed it. Thanks!