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apple butter

Apple Butter

This recipe for apple butter is really easy. Just add all your ingredients to a slow cooker and voila! Easiest recipe for making apple butter with minimum effort.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes


  • slow cooker
  • hand blender
  • cooking spoons
  • measuring cups & spoons
  • chopping board and knife
  • peeler


  • 5-6 lb (2.2kg-2.7kg) apples use a combination of gala, Fuji, granny smith apples
  • cups granulated sugar See Recipe Notes
  • cups brown sugar See Recipe Notes
  • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 4-5 numbers cloves


  • Wash, peel, core, and dice apples into pieces.
  • Add apples, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to the slow cooker. Cover with the lid and cook on LOW for 10 hours.
  • After 10 hours of cooking, fish out the cinnamon sticks and cloves (as much as possible). puree the tender apple pieces using a hand blender. [See recipe notes]
  • Do a taste test and see if you need more sugar. Add the required sugar and cook on LOW for another 2-3 hours to thicken the apple butter. [Keep an eye out to see whether your desired thickness is reached during the last 1-2 hours of cooking] Once your desired thickness is reached, turn off the slow cooker and allow the butter to cool down.
  • Transfer to storage containers. Refrigerate leftovers.


  • 1 CUP = 250 ML. (US cups are typically 240 ml. You can use US cups with no significant change to the dish).  1 TEASPOON = 5ML; 1 TABLESPOON= 15 ML
  • You can use cinnamon powder (ground cinnamon) instead of cinnamon sticks. 
  • If you don't have a hand blender, use a potato masher to mash the apple pieces. You can use a mesh strainer to sieve the butter to ensure a smooth texture. 
  • The actual quantity of sugar needed will depend on the tartness of the apples you have used and your desired sweetness. Start with 1 cup of granulated sugar and brown sugar each and once the apples are cooked for 10 hours, do a taste test and add more sugar if needed.