Crockpot apple butter is the tastiest fall treat! No sugar added, thick and buttery, with pure, concentrated apple flavor.
Continuing on the easy DIY Christmas gifts train with this buttery smooth crockpot apple butter. Not only is it so simple to prep, but it tastes even better than applesauce...thick, sweet and so rich in apple flavor!
This apple butter also happens to make a great gift! Bottle it up in jars and print out a cute gift tag and voila! You have yourself an easy holiday gift that almost anyone would be happy to receive.
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Reasons you'll love crockpot apple butter
- it's simple to prepare and your house will smell amazing!
- it's made of clean, wholesome ingredients
- it's versatile and can be spread on toast, drizzled on yogurt or pancakes, or used in baking
How to make apple butter
Apple butter is similar to applesauce, except that it is simmered low and slow all day long. This helps it thicken and caramelize slightly and really enhances the apple flavors.
- Peel, core, and chop your apples. Fill your crock pot right to the top!
- Add in the spices, I used cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
- Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or low for 8-10 hours.
- Puree well with an immersion blender.
That's it! So as you can tell, most of the work is in cutting up the apples. Once they're in the slow cooker, there's very little else to do!
Which kind of apples should I use? You can use pretty much any apple you'd like. I picked ambrosia because they are in season right now and cheap at the grocery store! You can use granny smith, fuji, macintosh, golden delicious, gala, really, use any apple that is in season!
Do I need to add sweetener? Nope! It is plenty sweet since it basically concentrates an apple down...so it's even sweeter than an apple!
Does apple butter thicken as it cools? Yes! You can see from the pictures of the crock pot that it was thinner when it was still warm. As it cools it thickened quite a bit.
Does it need to be refrigerated? Yes. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can freeze for up to 3 months. Make sure if you freeze in jars that they are only filled ¾ full and that you leave the lids ajar.
Looking for more DIY Christmas Gifts? Check out:
- Classic Peppermint Bark
- Homemade Citrus Infused Salt (find the recipe in my 5 DIY Christmas Gifts post!)
- Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
- Cinnamon Roasted Pecans
- 6 lbs apples approximately; *see note 1; peeled, cored and cut into small ½ inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Combine - Place peeled and chopped apples in the base of a 6 quart slow cooker. Stir in the spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
- Slow cook - Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-10 hours. You may want to stir it partway through (only once).
- Blend - After cooking through, blend it until smooth using an immersion blender. Alternatively, you can work in batches and carefully puree the apple butter in a stand blender.
- Store - Cool and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You may freeze for up to 6 months; make sure to leave lids ajar and to leave space for expansion if you are freezing right in the jars.
- Fridge - Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- Freeze - Freeze in an airtight freezer container for up to 6 months. Alternatively, you can freeze in jars using the tips below.
- Canning - we've never canned this recipe before, but if you know how to can jams and sauces, you could also can this apple butter to preserve it.
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