Jars of Crockpot Apple Butter

Crockpot Apple Butter

This crockpot apple butter practically makes itself, and it smells amazing while it’s cooking.

  • Author: Erin Huffstetler,
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 pints 1x
  • Category: Fruit Butters
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: American


  • 6 lbs apples (that’s approx. 24 small, 18 medium or 12 large apples)
  • 11/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg


Peel, core and chop your apples into small pieces, so they cook down quickly.

Then, pile your apples into a crockpot (4 quarts or larger), and add the sugar and spices.

Cover, and cook on high for one hour. Then, remove the lid; stir; and cook on low, stirring regularly, until the apples cook down to a dark, thick spread. This usually takes around 12 hours.

Jar up your apple butter, and store it in the fridge or freezer. It freezes beautifully.


  • Braeburn, Cortland, Fuji, Gravenstein, Grimes Golden, Jonamac, Ida Red, Liberty and McIntosh are all good varieties for apple butter, but really, any apple variety will make good apple butter.
  • Start your apple butter in the morning, or shortly before bed, so it has plenty of time to cook and cool.
  • This recipe can be doubled, if you have a big enough crockpot.
  • Speed things up by cooking your apple butter on high, and stirring more frequently, to prevent burning.
  • Use several apple varieties for the best flavor.