Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter: this easy recipe uses the slow cooker to make delicious apple butter that is smooth, rich and delicious.
Slow Cooker Apple Butter: this easy recipe using the slow cooker to make delicious apple butter that is smooth, rich and delicious.

Fall is nearly here, and it’s apple season. My husband and daughters love apple anything, and this homemade apple butter has become a family favourite.  It’s one of my favorite fall recipes.   

If you’ve been apple picking and have some extra apples, it’s the perfect easy apple butter recipe to try.  We have an apple tree in our backyard, and it’s a great way to use our homegrown apples.  Especially since we have quite a few with some blemishes, this is a great way to use them.  If you love flavor of apples and warm spices, this traditional apple butter recipe is a must try. 

how to make apple butterToday I’m joining in in on the Seasonal Simplicity Fall Series with some of m y favourite bloggers.  Be sure to check out all the links to their fabulous recipes at the end of this post.

Fall recipe ideas

This is a slow cooker apple butter recipe, so it’s supper easy to make.  Just chop up your apples and add them and a few other simple ingredients to your slow cooker and forget about it for a few hours.  

What Type of Apples Are Best?

We love making our apple butter with macintosh apples.  They’re a great cooking apple.  They have a soft flesh and break down easily with cooking.  They’re perfect for apple butter.

Golden Delicious are also a great choice for apple butter.  They’re a soft apple, not great for eating, but perfect for baking.  They do have a thick skin so be sure to peel them for this recipe.

Any soft fleshed variety of apples that breaks down with cooking is a great choice.  A more tart apple is fine, even if you like it sweet, you can just up the sugar to your taste.

There’s really no bad apples.   Any kind will work, but some work especially well.

?How To Use Apple Butter

This recipe is called apple butter, but there is no butter in it.  It’s more like a jam-like consistency and taste.  Use this apple butter anywhere you would normally eat jam.  It’s great on your morning toast.  We love it on homemade bread, or on hot biscuits, or a warm scone.  It’s also great on a toasted English muffin.  You could even have it on ice cream. We had ours on our Easy Food Processor Scones -find the recipe here.  

homemade apple butter recipe

Yield: 2 cups

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter: this easy recipe using the slow cooker to make delicious apple butter that is smooth, rich and delicious.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours 5 seconds
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes 5 seconds


  • 5 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of salt


      1. Add diced apples, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt to a slow cooker. Cover, and cook on high for 1 hour.
      2. Reduce to low heat. Cook stirring occasionally, for 4-6 hours, or until thick and golden brown in colour.
      3. Use a immersion blender in the slow cooker to blend the apple butter until it's smooth -taking care that the hot apple butter doesn't splash you. Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 3gSugar: 49gProtein: 0g
slow cooker apple butter

The best part of this crockpot apple butter recipe is how great your house smells afterward. If you have some apples around, this is a great and very easy recipe you’re sure to enjoy.  It”s also a great way to use up leftover apples, maybe some that are a little past their prime. Softer apples are fin for this recipe.  And you can really use any kind of apple variety, if they’re leftover and you’d like to use them up. 

Can I Double This Recipe?

This recipe uses only 5 apples, feel free to double or triple this recipe and make a big batch.  As long as it fits in your slow cooker, you can multiply the recipe and make a much larger batch.  This is especially good if you have too many fresh apples.  It’s the perfect way to preserve them, and be able to enjoy them much longer.

Can I Make This Without An Immersion Blender?

We used the immersion blender to blend the sweet apple butter into a smooth spread.  After slow cooking, the apple mixture is soft, but still somewhat lumpy.  Using the immersion blender makes it perfectly smooth and silky.  

You can use a regular blender.  Take care with the hot mixture.  You may want to let the apple butter cool slightly before blending. 

slow cooker apple butter

How To Store Apple Butter

It keeps well in the fridge, like any jam.  Allow the finished apple butter to cool to room temperature, and place your slow-cooker apple butter in an airtight container.  This delicious spread will keep for weeks and weeks in the fridge, just like any jam.

apple butter recipe

Jars of apple butter make a great hostess gift.  Anyone would love to receive this great gift.  

With homemade apple butter, life really is a party!

More Fall Recipe Inspiration


Low-Carb Keto Blackberry Muffins at The Happy Housie
Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs at Finding Silver Pennies
Almond Twist Bread at Place of My Taste
Slow Cooker Apple Butter at Life is a Party

Puff Pastry Apple Tart at Modern Glam
Easy Pumpkin Dessert at Clean & Scentsible
Sweet Potato Casserole at She Gave it a Go
Easy Apple Spice Bread at Jennifer Maune

Easy Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping at The DIY Mommy
Rustic Mini Apple Galettes at Tatertots and Jello
Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars at Maison de Cinq
Pumpkin Sheet Pan Pancakes at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Delicious Beef Bourguignon Recipe at Paint Me Pink
Hearty Autumnal Yam Soup at This is Simplicite
Apple Pie Chia Pudding at Cherished Bliss
Baked Brie with Blueberries and Bacon at This is Our Bliss
Salmon with Sherry and Tomato Cream Sauce at Willow Street Interiors

Fall Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins at Inspiration for Moms
Baked Zucchini Donuts with Vanilla Glaze at Satori Design for Living
Pecan Spice Biscotti at My Sweet Savannah
Best Homemade Lasagne Recipe at The Handmade Home
Crispy Parmesan Fried Zucchini at Two Twenty One


You might also like our Apple Crisp in a Mason Jar here.

Also check out Caramel Apple Fondue here.

Caramel Apple Fondue: Easy and delicious caramel apple fondue recipe with lots of different toppings, and perfect for kids.

You might also enjoy our Caramel Apple Trifle here.

Caramel Apple Trifle: layers of cake, caramel, cooked apples, custard, and whipped cream create the perfect fall dessert.


  1. YUMMY! YUMMY! YUMMY! I make homemade apple sauce for my three little ones but never thought of apple butter! I buy it all the time but will definitely be trying this recipe out! I wonder how long it lasts in the fridge?

  2. Ohh this looks so delicious! Apple butter is one of my favorite things in the fall. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try! XO

  3. I’ve never made apple butter, but I love that it can be made in my slow cooker. Perhaps I’ll give it a try. Bring on apple season!

  4. I can only imagine how fabulous your house smelled after making this in the slow cooker. Steeping apples and creamy butter. This looks so wonderful and perfect with apple picking season upon us!

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