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Spiced Apple Butter

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
    4 cups


  • 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 zest


  • 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.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in raisins and lemon zest. Cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 49 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.

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  • kredhead
    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.

  • hannahjw88
    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.

  • pattibourey
    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.

  • mar4bill
    Oct 15, 2011

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

  • noriespad
    Dec 15, 2010

    I really like this 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.