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Best Apple Butter Recipe

This is the best apple butter recipe you'll find! Not to be confused with butter, it is delicious when spread over the top of everything!
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 60
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • Crock Pot


  • 10 apples peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves


  • Place apples, vinegar, both sugars, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a large crock pot. Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 7 to 8 hours. Use a potato masher to smooth the mixture. If desired, use an immersion blender for a smoother texture.
  • Pour mixture into mason jars and seal. Chill and spread on toast or muffins.


  • Decrease the amount of brown sugar in the recipe for a less sugary treat.
  • Replace brown sugar with dark brown sugar for a bolder, deeper flavor.
  • You do NOT need to use a regular blender and puree this mix. It will cook down on its own. Mash the mixture with a potato masher to give it a smoother consistency. If desired, use an immersion blender for an even smoother texture (I do not do this, as I prefer mine on the slightly chunky side).
  • For a much healthier snack that tastes similar to apple butter, consider making Instant Pot Applesauce or Crockpot Apple sauce.


Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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