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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 a jar as a gift.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 hrs
0 mins
Total Time9 hrs 10 mins
Course: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, crockpot, slow cooker
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 34kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1.5 quart slow cooker
  • Immersion blender


  • 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 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.


1 1/2 pounds of apples is about 4 small apples, or 3 medium apples, or 2 large apples.


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