Easy Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe

This is one of my most requested recipes, I thought it was the perfect time to repost it in celebration of fall approaching and apple season coming our way! Enjoy! 

Have you ever tried a Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe? After trying my hand at Crockpot Applesauce, I wanted to give this Crockpot apple butter recipe a try as well. I will just tell you right now, this is wonderful! This apple treat filled our home with a delicious scent, and tastes so good, taking me right back to my childhood. This apple butter recipe is so easy, and will be a keeper in our household!

crock pot apple butter recipe

Ingredients For Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe


  • Apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large sections. (enough to fill your Crockpot to the top)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

crock pot apple butter recipe

How To Cook Crockpot Apple Butter

  • Fill Crockpot with prepared apples.
  • In separate bowl combine and stir, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. (reserve the rest of the sugar for later)
  • Pour sugar and spice mixture over apples.
  • Turn Crockpot onto low and cook apples for 10 hours. After first 1-2 hours gently stir in the sugar mixture to coat the apples.
  • Leave it and forget it now.  At this point I let mine cook overnight
  • After 10 hours take lid off and stir. Your mixture will be very dark and cooked down by about half the capacity of your Crockpot.
  • Stir in lemon juice, and vanilla.
  • At this point taste your apple butter for sweetness. I had tart firm apples and they needed more sugar, so I then added the additional 1/2 cup of granulated and 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar. You can adjust accordingly to your taste and the apples you are using.
  • Let apple butter continue to cook for 1-2 hours with lid off to absorb more liquid and make apple butter thicken more.
  • At the end of the cooking time, smooth apple butter with an emulsion blender.
  • Spoon into clean pint jars, and cover tightly with jar lid and ring. Be sure to leave room at the top of the jar if freezing.

This recipe makes 10 pints of apple butter.  I then placed my filled pint jars in the freezer and we are enjoying this apple butter on toast, pancakes, and biscuits everyday.

This is the taste of the autumn season in a jar! Enjoy making this simple fall treat for your family.

You can find lots more fall recipes like this in my Autumn Bliss book!

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  1. This looks so good–all that apple butter needs is a biscuit!

  2. I made this last year and it was so good. Smelling it all day was the best! My recipe doesn’t have brown sugar and I think I’d like to try that on this years. I remember my mother making apple butter in a huge iron pot outside with neighbors. I still think that would be fun.

  3. This looks soooo good! My husband loves apple butter. I’ll have to try this and let you know how it turned out! :)


  4. Oh my, I am excited about this recipe. Apple butter is a favorite of mine. Yum!

  5. this sounds delicious~ and very simple to make.. thanks for sharing =)

  6. Hi Denise, Can this recipe be canned via traditional canning method (boiling water, etc) instead of just freezing the jars?

  7. Hi Denise
    I made this apple butter, which was delicious. But it was spicer than any apple butter I’ve had before. I was wondering maybe it wouldn’t have been so spicey if I had added more apples. How many cups of apples did you use or what size crockpot did you use?

  8. Just wondering what size crockpot you used I have a larger one or you could let me know how many apple you cut. Thank you

  9. How many apples did you use?
    I don’t thing I have enough to fill my entire crockpot…

    • It was a 10 or 12 quart, if you don’t have enough apples, just adjust the spices and sugar, you can cut them back and add more later if it needs it.

  10. I absolutely LOVE apple butter. Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I will eat the stuff straight out of the jar with a spoon. I’ve made crockpot apple butter once before and it’s so easy and totally worth it.

  11. I was wondering if I could use a food processer or a potato masher to process the apples before putting them in the jar. I don’t have an emulsion blender. Any thoughts or suggestions. Thanks, I am looking forward to trying this recipe. Also, What apple work best or does it matter?

    • Benita,

      You could just use a potato masher. You don’t need an emulsion blender, but they are very cheap at Walmart. like just 10.00 I think if you ever want one. They works so wonderful. But definitely don’t need it!

      I think you should use any apples that are your favorites. I would ask at your grocery store for the best apples to use. We just used what we had from our tree, and I honestly don’t know what they are!

      I hope you enjoy the recipe!

      • I’ve never made apple butter but this sounds simple and delicious! I have two crates of apples from our farm..Gonna try this tonight! I am wondering if I need to do anything special to the jars before putting in the freezer? You’ll think I’m crazy but do the jars need to seal? Like I said, this is my first time doing anything like this!! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. I was wondering what size crockpot to use? I have a 6 quart pot and was wondering if I needed to adjust the ingredients to it. I am also planning on using granny smith apples and am so excited to make this butter

  13. jessica feddersen says:

    I made this recipe. it was delicious, but I wanted to know if you could omit the lemon juice out of the recipe and still get the same flavor?

  14. Courtney says:

    As a bride to be wed this upcoming summer, I was thinking about making apple butter and throwing in them in 4oz jars as my wedding favors. Just wondering about what kind of quantity this recipe yields? In pints, quarts, whatever you used…

    I’m also curious if peeling the apples would be necessary. Instead, could you throw the butter in a blender or immersion blender after it’s all done cooking to smooth it out? I just don’t want to be surprised with completely different results. If you could follow up with me, I’d really appreciate it. I’d love to use your recipe for wedding gifters!

  15. Just made a batch of this yesterday – made the house smell so good and can’t wait to share it with others! Made a bunch!

  16. Awe…so loving all these fall encouragement s!! Love this recipe and am going to try this. Thank you for sharing.


  17. I was just wondering if you have a pear butter recipe or if this one would work with pears???

    • I don’t yet, but I was just thinking about trying some other kinds of fruit butters in the same way. I think it definitely could work well. I have a feeling the cook time might be less for pears as they are softer, so I would watch the time and see how it works out. Let me know if you give it a try.

      • I have made 3 batches of pear butter using this recipe, and it’s delicious!!! My family likes the pear butter better than the apple butter. ( I haven’t made apple butter with this recipe yet, but I’m going to soon.) Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

  18. Thank you so much for this recipe! My second batch is in the crockpot now! My family and friends love this apple butter!! Have a blessed day :)

  19. Thanks Denise!! I have a batch (actually 2, I used 2 crockpots – my mil just gave me hers!) just about ready to can right now! Smells delicious!! Hmm, pear butter…we have a pear tree and the pears never really ripen so they’re not very yummy…I wonder if I should make pear butter rather than letting them go to waste..

  20. I was curious as to how much in measurements, do you use of the spices? I’d hate to over-spice and ruin the batch. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ve always loved Apple Butter and could eat it right out of the jar. :)

  21. I was curious what kind of apples you used?

  22. Kayla Weidman says:

    Hi! Just made the apple butter :) looks and smells so yummy! Was wondering about a pumpkin apple butter recipe? Would I just use this but add a can of the pumpkin purée to it?

  23. I made juice with my juicer and decided to try making apple butter with the left over peels etc. I also added a few more apples. It was tasting kind of bland so I added brown sugar cinnamon and allspice. It’s still cooking but tastes much better. How do you know when it’s done?


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