A homemade Apple Butter recipe is exceedingly more flavorful, spiced, and rich than a store bought jar! Inspired by my grandma’s old fashioned apple butter recipe and the Cracker Barrel Apple Butter Recipe, this slow cooker apple butter recipe is easy to toss together with very limited work required and easily the best apple butter you’ve ever tasted!
Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe
Whenever I think of homemade apple butter, I think of my grandma. My mom grew up on an orchard in the St. Louis area, and, even though it was sold long before I was born, my grandma would get a big batch of fresh fruit from old neighbors and make homemade jams and preserves. When we visited, we would often be sent back home with a couple jars of goodies – normally her peach jelly and apple butter.
Before my grandma passed on a few years ago now, I took it upon myself to try to recreate her apple butter. Well, her old fashion apple butter recipe combined with the Cracker Barrel Apple Butter Recipe that my family also loves so much! She thought the end result was delicious and absolutely loved that this apple butter recipe was made in the slow cooker. She had always made it the long way with the oven and stove top, so using the crock pot was a genius idea to her! She always loved seeing how technology made her cooking easier over the years.
Her apple butter was normally made from a red apple which is traditional, so the recipe down below is made from red Galas. I have plans on eventually tweaking the recipe slightly into a Granny Smith Apple Butter, which is something my grandma did occasionally. It was my sister Debbie’s favorite batch! My oldest sister, however, will always love Cracker Barrel’s apple butter though. The highest praise she has even given my cooking is to say my slow cooker apple butter taste’s like the apple butter from Cracker Barrel!
If you’ve never had apple butter before, I always recommend trying for the first time on a warm fluffy biscuit! It’s the perfect combination! With that said though, apple butter is a really versatile item to have in your fridge. I love baking with apple butter for recipe like my Apple Roses and it also goes really well with main dish recipes as well, like pork!
If you’ve never had apple butter before, I always recommend trying for the first time on a warm fluffy biscuit! It’s the perfect combination! However, I also really love baking with apple butter because the spiced apple flavor pairs so well with breads and pastries. I use my homemade apple butter to make my Apple Roses and they are always a big hit at Thanksgiving and special events. Apple Butter can also be used with main dish recipes and is most commonly paired with pork!
Delicious Recipes Using Apple Butter You Might Enjoy:
- Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll Muffins
- Apple Pull Apart Bread
- Apple Butter Pancakes
- Apple Butter Cake with Dulce de Leche Buttercream
The Best Apple Butter Recipe with Simple Prep
How to Make the Best Homemade Apple Butter in your Slow Cooker - Flavorful, spiced, and incredibly rich! Inspired by the Cracker Barrel Apple Butter Recipe!
- 6 pounds. apples peeled, cored and sliced (I used Gala)
- 1.5 cups water
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
Peel. core and chop your apples.
Place all ingredients in your slow cooker and mix well, making sure all the apples are coated with the spices.
When making this large of a batch, I recommend cooking on the high setting for at least 12 hours with the lid on, stirring periodically. If the mixture starts to scorch at all, turn down to low (your cooking time might need to increase). Most of the water should evaporate, and the mixture will thicken slightly.
When your apples are well cooked and the liquid has mostly evaporated, insert immersion blender or add ingredients to blender in sections to combine and smooth your apple butter.
REFRIGERATE or use proper canning methods. This batch fills about 3 regular size mason jars for me (3 pints or 6 cups).