Charles Walton; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill
6 cups

This recipe crockpot apple butter legitimately could not be easier. Requiring just a handful of basic ingredients, apple butter is a low-effort and inexpensive fall treat to make—but sure is an impressive one to share. And thanks to the hands-off power of the crockpot, the apple butter can simmer to perfection (and fill your kitchen with its heavenly aroma) while you’re out and about or taking care of other tasks around the house. Do note, there are two phases to the slow-cooking: First, you simmer your apples and apple cider vinegar in the crockpot for 6 hours on high. You’ll then add sugar and spice to the crockpot and cook for another 4 hours on low, so be sure to plan accordingly before starting into the recipe. Slather your crockpot apple butter over warm biscuits, toast, waffles, and anything else that could use a robust hit of sweet apple flavor. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Place sliced apple and vinegar in a 4-quart slow cooker.

Step 2

Cook, covered, at HIGH 6 hours. Stir in sugars and nutmeg. Reduce setting to LOW; cook, covered, 4 hours. Cool. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Ratings & Reviews

SJHaun's Review

November 12, 2012
Excellent recipe and easy. My mother and I altered it to reduce the vinegar taste: 2 T. vinegar and 6 T. apple juice concentrate. Turns out perfect every time. Also, we used freshly gound nutmeg.

lhwill's Review

October 16, 2013
I read the other comments and decided to use 1/3 of the sugar and then added it slowly tasting it after it had been well stirred. I ended up using 1/3 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar, which is A LOT less than called for in the original recipe. My crockpot seems to cook fast so I only cooked it 3 hours to begin with and then about 2 hours after I added the sugars. Delicious!

Sydsmommy's Review

August 11, 2010
I cut the amount of sugar in half and found it was still a little too sweet for my tastes. It was simple to make and the flavor was good. Will make again using 1/3 of the sugar.