crock pot apple butter recipe - easy family recipe in a slow cooker

Homemade Apple Butter in Slow Cooker

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!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 20 minutes
Servings 3 pints
Author Maggie Roush


  • 6 pounds. apples - peeled, cored and sliced (I used Gala) peeled, cored and sliced (I used Gala)
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice


  1. Peel. core and chop your apples.
  2. Place all ingredients in your slow cooker and mix well, making sure all the apples are coated with the spices.

  3. If you can, I recommend cooking on high for the first four hours, stirring occasionally. Then switch the heat to low for the next 6-8 hours.  If you won't be around, you can cook on low immediately for 10-12 hour. 

    Most of the water should evaporate while cooking, and the mixture will thicken slightly.

  4. 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.

  5. REFRIGERATE or use proper canning methods. This batch fills about 3 regular size mason jars for me (3 pints or 6 cups).