Spiced Apple Butter Recipe

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This is a wonderful recipe to create a delicious spread for muffins, bread, and scones. It is so flavorful yet easy to make.—Antique Apple Orchard, Joe Brocard, Sweet Home, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 8 medium apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 49 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), trace protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the apples, apple cider, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until mixture reaches a thick, spreadable consistency, stirring often.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir in raisins and lemon peel. Cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as Spiced Apple Butter in Country October/November 2009, p56

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Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"I liked the spices in this recipe, but the molasses and nutmeg is a bit too strong. The molasses leaves a funny aftertaste and hides the apple flavor. The nutmeg was a little up front. If I made it again I would cut down on the molasses & nutmeg or leave it out altogether."

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"Do not use blackstrap molasses in this recipe! After cooking down, all I could taste was the molasses. In retrospect I realize that blackstrap is the strongest type of molasses, and is not a good choice for baking. I hope to try this recipe again some time, but for now my family said I need to go back to my mother's classic apple butter recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"This is the best apple butter I have tasted. I love the addition of molasses to it, gives it a special flavor. Will definitely be making this again."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Excellent! Not too sweet. Good mix of spices, great flavor."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"I really like this recipe...it is scrumpious and so easy to put together. I wasn't sure about the molasses but I found great flavor. I will use this recipe again as I like to do homemade gifts from the kitchen."

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