How to Make Homemade Apple Butter

How to Make Apple Butter Recipe

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This is a easy apple butter recipe with or without sugar. How to peel and cut up lots of extra apples to make a delicious homemade apple butter. This recipe uses the crock pot for a carefree, easy recipe. Different methods of peeling apples are demonstrated. Make sweet or sugar-free version – your choice!

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How to Make Apple Butter

How to Make Apple Butter

Crockpot Apple Butter

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Servings: 10
Author: John MacDowall


  • 12 large apples peeled, cored, finely chopped
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 TBSP whole cloves
  • 1 quick grind of nutmeg
  • Apple juice or cider to cover bottom of crockpot


  • Peel and rough chop apples. Push cinnamon sticks under apples. Tie cloves into muslin. Grate nutmeg over. Pour enough cider into crockpot to cover bottom by an inch or two.
  • Cook on high for 6-8 hours.
  • Puree with a stick blender, if desired.
  • Remove to shallow pan to reduce and thicken.

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.

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