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Bill's Apple Butter

 Bill's Apple Butter
Since retiring, I have more time to tend to our 75 apple trees and to experiment in the kitchen. I came up with this old-fashioned apple butter after some trial and error. The red-hot candies make it unique.—Bill Elliott, Urbana, Missouri
128 ServingsPrep: 3-1/2 hours Process: 5 min.


  • 15 pounds early-season apples (Gala, Jonathan and/or Cortland), peeled and quartered
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 5-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup red-hot candies
  • 1 cup boiling water


  • Place apples and vinegar in a stockpot; cover and cook over medium
  • heat for 30-40 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cool
  • slightly. In a food processor, process mixture in batches until
  • blended. Return all to the pan.
  • Add the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, salt, extract, cloves and
  • allspice. Dissolve red-hots in boiling water; stir into apple
  • mixture.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours or until
  • mixture reaches a thick, spreadable consistency. Carefully ladle hot
  • mixture into hot sterilized 1-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace.

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Bill's Apple Butter (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 5 minutes
  • in a boiling-water canner. Yield: 8 pints.
Nutritional Facts: 2 tablespoons equals 92 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 22 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.