This Slow Cooker Apple Butter is the easiest and tastiest way to fill your home with all the smells of fall! Spreadable, apple-y goodness!
Honestly, this might make your house smell better than baking up a fresh batch of eggless chocolate chip cookies.
Plus, it’s a whole lot easier!
Set it. Forget it. Come back to a big ol’ vat of creamy, spicy-sweet fall goodness for your taste buds.
And if you want to make it even easier? Just make some Instant pot Apple butter!
You have alllll the options!
What is Apple Butter?
Have you ever had apple butter before? If you answered NO to that very important question, that definitely needs to change! Apple butter is made by slow cooking apples for hours, causing the sugars in the apples to caramelize which gives it a rich and deep flavor. Today’s recipe is an easy apple butter recipe slow cooker and you are going to LOVE how easy it is because the slow cooker does all the work! Move over, healthy strawberry chia jam and homemade pecan butter because apple butter is coming around!
What kind of Apples to use for Apple Butter?
When deciding on what type of apples to use to make your slow cooker apple butter, it’s really up to you! Any apples would be delicious so go ahead and use whatever you love or have on hand at home already. I used fuji apples because they’re one of my favorite kinds, and this apple butter turned out great!
Making this recipe is extremely easy, but you wouldn’t know it with how DELICIOUS it tastes! You’ll only need a handful of healthy ingredients to make this easy apple butter recipe slow cooker:
- Cored and Sliced Apples
- Coconut or Brown Sugar
- Raw Organic Cane or White Sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Ginger
- Vanilla Extract
How to make Slow Cooker Apple Butter
Place all the ingredients minus the vanilla into the slow cooker and stir to combine them.
Cover the slow cooker and cook until everything starts to become tender. Add in the vanilla and continue cooking until everything breaks down.
Once the cook time is complete, add everything to a blender and puree until smooth.
Spread it on ALL THE THINGS and enjoy!
What does Apple Butter go on?
Once you’ve made your pot of delicious, flavorful apple butter, it’s FINALLY time to enjoy it! Trust me- cooking it all day will be more than worth it! I recommend serving this apple butter on your favorite air fryer toast or thick slice of good bread, or as a topping on your favorite muffins– my suggestion would be applesauce muffins!
How to store Apple Butter
Once your apple butter has cooked and cooled completely, pour it into a glass or plastic container (I use mason jars) and place it in the fridge. Your apple butter will last this way for up to a week!
Apple Butter FAQ
No! Apple butter is a concentrated, caramelized fruit spread with warm notes and cozy spices whereas apple jelly needs to set as it includes gelatin. They both are delicious, but are different in taste and consistency!
Applesauce is made much more quickly than apple butter. The apples in apple butter are cooked longer so that they caramelize and provide a silky smooth, rich spread, basically making it a more concentrated version of applesauce.
I think it is because of the texture of the finished product- it is easily spreadable and smooth, just like butter, and does not contain any pectin or gelatin to thicken it.
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- Place all of the ingredients, except the vanilla, in your slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Cover, and cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 3 hours
- After the time is up, stir in the vanilla and cook another 4 hours on LOW or 2 hours on HIGH
- Once cooked, transfer everything (including the liquid) to a blender and puree until smooth. You could also use an immersion blender.
- OPTIONAL: if you want it on the thicker side, you can place the apple butter in a large pot and bring to a boil and then simmer until it starts to reduce.
- DEVOUR on everything!
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