This homemade apple butter is made in a slow cooker. It’s perfectly spiced and so easy to make. This small batch apple butter recipe comes with step-by-step instructions. It’s wonderful to spread on toast, to use in a recipe, or to give as a gift.
Have you ever tasted apple butter? This dreamy spread is one of my favorite fall recipes.
What Is Apple Butter?
In case you’re wondering, apple butter is not made with butter. It is essentially concentrated applesauce.
What Is The Difference Between Apple Butter and Applesauce?
Both apple butter and applesauce are slow cooked with similar spices. The main difference is that apple butter is cooked longer. It has a rich, golden brown color that comes from the caramelization of the sugars in the apples. The flavor of the apples is intensified and it tastes incredible.
How To Make Apple Butter
Scroll down to the recipe box for the ingredient amounts and complete recipe.
Ingredients in Crockpot Apple Butter
- lemon juice
- brown sugar
- ground nutmeg
- ground allspice
Step 1: Prepare the apples
For this small batch apple butter recipe, I use roughly 1 1/2 pounds of apples which is about 4 small apples, or 3 medium apples, or 2 large apples.
Peel and chop the apples and place them in a small slow cooker.
Step 2: Add the ingredients, stir, and cook
Add the remaining ingredients to the apples, stir well, cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Every so often, remove the lid and stir the apples. This will prevent the apples from sticking.
Step 3: Remove lid and continue cooking
Uncover, stir the apples, and continue cooking uncovered for an additional hour on low. This will allow the apple butter to cook down and thicken.
Step 4: Purée the apple butter
Purée the apples with an immersion blender until smooth. Alternatively, you could transfer the mixture to a regular blender and blend until smooth.
Pro Tip: Be careful when using a stand blender – when hot food is inside a blender and a lid is put on top, the air heats and causes pressure to build up in the blender. This pressure can cause the top of the blender to blow off and hot food explode out of the top.
Be sure to remove the center piece of the blender lid and cover the blender with a clean kitchen towel. Blend at the lowest speed, then gradually increase speed as needed.
Step 5: Transfer to a clean glass container
Be sure to let the apple butter cool before storing in the refrigerator.
What Are The Best Apples For Apple Butter?
You can use any apples you have on hand for apple butter.
Softer varieties of apples tend to work better because they cook down faster. I like using Fuji, Golden Delicious, or Jonagold. I will often use Gala because those are the ones we almost always have on hand.
This small batch apple butter recipe will yield about 3/4 of a cup (96 grams, 3.38 oz.)
Tips For Making The Best Small Batch Apple Butter
You might like to use a mixture of tart and sweet apples.
Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to taste.
Apple butter will often taste even better the next day once the flavors come together in the refrigerator.
How Long Will Apple Butter Last?
Apple butter will last in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. In the freezer, it will last about 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Other Small Batch Apple Recipes
Since this is a small batch recipe, I recommend using a 1.5-quart slow cooker. For best results, use a slow cooker of similar size.
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Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe
- 1 1/2 pounds apples peeled, cored and sliced
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the apples in the slow cooker.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir very well.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours, stirring every couple of hours.
- Uncover, stir apples, and continue cooking uncovered for an additional hour on LOW. This will allow the apple butter to cook down and thicken.
- Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. If you don't have an immersion blender, use a regular blender with the center piece of the lid removed.
- Transfer to a clean glass jar and refrigerate when cool.
The information shown for this recipe is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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