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All-Day Apple Butter Recipe
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All-Day Apple Butter Recipe

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I make several batches of this simple and delicious apple butter to freeze in jars. Depending on the sweetness of the apples used, you can adjust the sugar to taste. —Betty Ruenholl, Syracuse, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 11 hours
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 11 hours
MAKES: 64 servings


  • 5-1/2 pounds apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 68 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.


  1. Place apples in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt; pour over apples and mix well. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
  2. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 9-11 hours or until thickened and dark brown, stirring occasionally (stir more frequently as it thickens to prevent sticking).
  3. Uncover and cook on low 1 hour longer. If desired, stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Spoon into freezer containers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Cover and refrigerate or freeze. Yield: 4 pints.
Originally published as All-Day Apple Butter in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p45

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 68 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"I make this every year.But I actually weigh my apples after i peel and core them.Then I put in 6 qt. crock pot. It fills it up pretty good.I use whatever apples I have and it turns out great every time. I don't even eat apple butter but I like to give it to my friends and they rave about it. I save all my empty butter tubs thru out the year and put it in them so no one has to return any containers."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Excellent recipe I've used for years; however, you MUST know your apples before preparing! If you're using a Honeycrisp, Gala or similar, they have a very high sugar and moisture content which will turn this into apple soup. You have to cut the sugar in half or add a thickener. A cooking apple such as Granny Smith will give a much different apple butter. If you don't know anything about apples, please Google whatever type you purchased before making this recipe. In fact, do this before using apples in ANY recipe!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"I have yet to make this but what I was wondering is that what can I substitute apple butter for in a muffin recipe I want to make? maybe apple jam or sauce? which I do have both. Hope to get a reply since I want to make my muffins tomorrow. Thanks and happy Friday to all! Have to rate or I cannot post. Will make it soon."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"still too soupy. what did I do wrong?"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2015

"Wonderful flavor! Used less sugar and it was delicious. Made 3 batches, canned two and froze the other. A friend overheard part of the recipe and discovered that if you leave out the flavorings, it also makes great applesauce!"

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