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Small Batch Apple Butter

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.

Apple butter in a small jar with a knife on a dark surface with a red cloth napkin and a bowl of apples and lemons

Have you ever tasted apple butter? This dreamy spread is one of my favorite fall recipes.

Why This Recipe Works

  • It's so easy!
  • Less expensive than store-bought apple butter.
  • Simple list of ingredients and you're able to control the amount of sugar you use.
  • Apple butter is spreadable like butter and lovely when spread on biscuits, pancakes, muffins, and scones.

What You'll Need

  • Apples: You can use a variety of apples or use the kind you have on hand. This recipe calls for using 1 1/2 pounds of apples which is roughly 4 small apples, 3 medium apples, or 2 large apples. No need to worry about using the exact amount.
  • Lemon juice: Gives the apple butter a "boost" of flavor.
  • Sugar and brown sugar: For sweetness: feel free to add a little more sugar or a bit less to suit your tastes.
  • Vanilla, ground nutmeg, and ground allspice: For incredible flavor!
Sliced apples in a slow cooker

How To Make This Recipe

Scroll down to the recipe box for the ingredient amounts and complete recipe.

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  • Step 1: Prepare the apples. Peel and chop the apples and place them in a small slow cooker.
  • Step 2: 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: 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 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.
using an immersion blender to puree apple butter | one dish kitchen
  • Step 5: Transfer to a clean glass container
    • Be sure to let the apple butter cool before storing in the refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • 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.
Apple butter spread on two slices of toast plated next to a small jar of apple butter with a knife and a bowl of apples and lemons

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What Are The Best Apples To Use 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.

How Long Can you Store Apple Butter?

Apple butter will last in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. In the freezer, it will last about 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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This small batch apple butter recipe will yield about 3/4 of a cup (96 grams, 3.38 oz.)

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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Small Batch Apple Butter

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours
0 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: apple, crockpot, slow cooker
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 34kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Place the apples in the small slow cooker.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir very well.
    apples in a crockpot for apple butter | one dish kitchen
  • 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.
    using an immersion blender to puree apple butter | one dish kitchen
  • Transfer to a clean glass jar and refrigerate when cool.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.94g | Protein: 0.11g | Fat: 0.07g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1.08mg | Potassium: 48.49mg | Fiber: 1.02g | Sugar: 7.81g | Vitamin A: 22.96IU | Vitamin C: 1.96mg | Calcium: 4.42mg | Iron: 0.07mg

The information shown 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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6 thoughts on “Small Batch Apple Butter”

    1. Yes, you can make apple butter on the stove too. Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the apples are soft and are beginning to fall apart. This usually takes me around an hour. Once the apples are soft, you can puree them.

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