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Apple butter

Happy 34th birthday to my wonderful husband today! I am grateful for him. Maybe it's just the season, but I have been feeling extra gratitude for everything in my life lately. I have much to be thankful for.

I have about 20 spare minutes to get this post written, so I will cut to the chase! I hope you enjoy this one. It can be another great gift for the holidays. Don't be confused by the name! Apple Butter has nothing to do with butter. I considered renaming it Apple Spread, but it doesn't have the same ring.

Here is Day #5 of Twelve Days of Christmas Treats!

In a large crock pot, place the following ingredients:

10 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (use a variety of apples - I used Granny Smith and Honeycrisp)

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

Juice from 1 lemon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

Cook on High for 4 hours, or Low for 7 to 8 hours.

It will look like a brown chunky soup when it is finished and it will make your home smell delicious. Yum!

Mash the mixture with a potato masher to give it a smoother consistency. If desired, use an immersion blender for an even smoother texture (I did not do this, as I prefer mine on the slightly chunky side).

In a large saucepan, boil six 1/2-pint mason jars, along with their lids. One at a time, remove one jar and matching lid from the boiling water and fill the jar with the hot apple butter. Tightly seal the lid and store in a cool place. Repeat the process with the remaining jars. The jars will seal on their own.

I have one little boy who loves this stuff and one who doesn't care for it. We spread it on toast, but it would be great on any type of bread. If you have other uses for it, please let me know!

Happy Wednesday to you all! I am off to run errands and finish laundry and wrap a few presents!

Apple Butter

Not to be confused with butter, but feel free to spread it on everything (like butter)!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Dec 5, 2012

Serves: Six 1/2-pint mason jars

Total time: 4 hrs

Apple Butter


  • 10 medium apples, peeled cored and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  1. Place apples, vinegar, both sugars, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a large crock pot. Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 7 to 8 hours. Use a potato masher to smooth the mixture. If desired, use an immersion blender for a smoother texture.
  2. Pour mixture into mason jars and seal. Chill and spread on toast or muffins.



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Reader Comments (10)

I've never made apple butter, but I remember my great grandmother and mom making it when I was little. It involved hours and hours of baking and stirring, then running it through a food mill, canning it, etc. I've asked family and friends if they like apple butter, and the answer is unanimously YES. I'm totally making this for Christmas gifts this year!!

12.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Yummy apple butter! I've never made it before.

12.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

This is really good to use as a marinade for pork chops...simply marinate the chops in the apple butte overnight. To add a little savoriness to the dish sprinkle in some dried rosemary either in the marinade itself or onto the chops directly once out of the marinade. These chops can either be pan fried or baked or pan seared then baked. I am actually planning on this one day next week!!

12.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSummer Brooks

Do you know the shelf life on these since they're not technically canned? I know the jars/lids/rings are sterilized and they're self-sealing, but since they're not boiled after being put in the jars, how long will they last? And is that what the apple cider vinegar is for--to help keep them more shelf stable?

12.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Yes brings back memories of my grandmother and the smell in the kitchen. I put it on oatmeal in the morning instead of other sweeteners. Also try a some warmed apple butter on ice cream. A less sweet topping.

12.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLA Foodie

My grandmother used to make a cinnamon swirl sour creme bundt cake every year at christmas, we all loved it so much when i was little it went to a year round request, so to make it a little different at christmastime, she started mixing some cornstarch with her applebutter to thicken it a little and when she would put the ribbon of cinnamon and brown sugar in the bundt cake she would add an extra ribbon of apple butter for an added surprise.

12.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott Yates

I just found your blog tonight & am overwhelmed at all the wonderful, yummy goodness you have on here! I think I'm going overboard on posting.....I made apple butter for the first time this year, so easy in the crock pot! Besides putting it on toast, you can put it on your pancakes instead of syrup. And, I've found recipes where people use it to make an applesauce cake. And then, there's always just putting it over some vanilla ice cream....but, I love the idea of the pork chops, I'll have to try that!

01.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTia

Yummy apple butter! I've never made it before.

01.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarram Elbayar

I saw that some one already mentioned pork chops, but any pork part will do stuff it into pork tenderloin, or onto pork shoulder for an amazing marinade. Also you can fill sweet pastry with it to create little apple dumplings.

03.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAimee Warner

I was also wondering about the shelf life. Does this need to be refrigerated? I made some a while back and now that I'm learning more about making other kinds of preserves I'm a little afraid to eat it.

03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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