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Spiced Apple Butter Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 710648 222524
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."

hannahjw88 User ID: 5274328 170082
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."

pattibourey User ID: 3847259 211501
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."

mar4bill User ID: 1059512 187272
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

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

noriespad User ID: 5603099 190135
Reviewed 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."

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