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Easy Peasy Crock Pot Apple Butter
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Easy Peasy Crock Pot Apple Butter

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 hours

Fall is the season for harvesting apples. Now is the time to make apple butter to can and store for the winter months. Apple butter on hot toast is a delicious treat on a cold winter day. Apple butter makes an excellent Christmas gift. Select one of the varieties of soft apples for the butter such as McIntosh, Liberty, Fuji or Grimes Golden. Other varieties may be utilized, but will take longer to cook down.


  • 6 Pounds of Apples 
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Cloves
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • Bowls
  • Canning Jars, Seals and Rings 
  • Funnel
  • Jar Lifter (comes with most canners)
  • Large Pot
  • Paring Knife
  • Slow Cooker
  • Towels 
  • Water Canner
  • Whisk
  • Wood Spoon


  1. Sterilize jars, seals and rings in advance per instructions on water canner. 
  2. Peel all apples and remove the core. 
  3. Slice the apples into the crockpot. 
  4. Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a bowl and stir. 
  5. Pour dry sugar mixture over apples in crockpot. 
  6. Cover and cook over night. (Approximately 10 hours) Cook for one hour on high and then turn down to low. Leaving the crockpot lid ajar will allow the butter to thicken. The lid may be removed for the final hour to further thicken the apple butter. 
  7. Stir apples with a spoon and when soft enough stir with a whisk. The apple butter will become dark. 
  8. Fill the canning jars with apple butter. Leave about ¼ inch space near the top of each jar empty. 
  9. Wipe the edges of the jar clean with a cloth. 
  10. Add the seals and rings to the jars. 
  11. Fill canner half full with warm water. 
  12. Add the jars filled with apple butter to the rack and place in canner. Place lid on canner. 
  13. Heat water in canner to a boil. Allow to boil for 10 minutes. 
  14. Turn heat off stove eye and uncover canner. Allow the jars to sit in water bath for 5 minutes. 
  15. Remove jars from water bath and place on dish towel to cool. 
  16. Check lids for the next 12 to 24 hours for a good seal. 
  17. If seal did not take either reprocess or place in refrigerator to be eaten soon.

*Photo courtesy of Apple Butter by JeffreyW on Flickr’s Creative Commons.


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  1. Support
    Mouth-watering seasonal goodness! We're pinning this now! Thanks for contributing to The Flaming Vegan! We hope to see more from you soon!
    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Thanks for the encouragement! Apple butter also makes a good Christmas gift!
  2. BigCM
    1. NT3RNT RITR
      I could make a meal on apple butter and biscuits. Thanks for the encouragement Big CM!
  3. immasweetiepie
    Love this! ????
    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Lori, after putting everything in the crockpot, you just forget it for 10 hours! You can stir it occasionally. Thanks for your support!
  4. pftsusan
    Looks yummy. Can we switch regular sugar for organic sugar in the recipe?
    1. NT3RNT RITR
      I would think you could switch equal portions. Thanks Susan!
  5. CharlotteCD
    This will smell great cooking too.
    1. NT3RNT RITR
      You are right Charlotte! It is better than a candle! Thanks for your support!
  6. Veganara
    Voted! Sounds delicious!
    1. NT3RNT RITR
      I love apple butter! I do not know what the calorie count would be; however, if you are only using a tablespoon on whole wheat toast it should not be too bad! If you are eating a biscuit on the other hand you are probably not worried about calories. LOL! Thanks for the vote and comment!
  7. TomCat
    Sound very good. Voted #23


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