Easy Apple Butter

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Let’s talk about some {small-batch} easy apple butter that you can make in your Crock-Pot!


I’m going to tell you something, I’ve never had apple butter. I’ve heard of it and seen it around Pinterest, but I didn’t even really know what it was (until yesterday that is).

One night I asked Jay about it and he, being from Oklahoma, knew exactly what I was talking about! He said his grandma used to have it and he would eat it on toast. His exact words were “it’s good.” He’s not always a man of many words, obviously.

Quick and easy apple butter made in the Crock-Pot!

Anyway, I was curious about what this apple butter was all about, so I conducted some serious research. Seemed simple enough. I’ve made my own applesauce hundreds of times, so how hard could a little apple butter be? The answer is not hard, not hard at all! In fact, it was so easy I titled the recipe easy apple butter!

And true to me, I even made the recipe small-batch, so it only makes two half-pint jars full! You won’t be overrun with apple butter, unless you want to be and in that case, just double or even triple the recipe! And remember, it’s almost the holidays and this would make a great homemade gift!


Now that I am professional apple butter maker (haha, because that’s totally a thing), I’m hooked! I eat it on toast in the morning and also on top of my yogurt and granola, it’s so delicious! It took me two days of asking, but I finally got Mad to try it and now she has had this easy apple butter on a piece of toast every single day this week!

If you’re like me and you’ve never tried apple butter or if you’re more like Jay and you’ve been eating since childhood, I promise, you’ll fall in love with this easy apple butter recipe!

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Easy Apple Butter

By: Kristine Underwood
A simple recipe for homemade apple butter in the Crock-Pot. Perfect for fall.
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Course Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 98 kcal


  • 6-8 large Honeycrisp apples (or approximately 3 pounds of your favorite variety)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice


  • In the bottom of the Crock-Pot pour honey and stir in sugar and spices.
  • Wash, core, and chop apples into chunks and place in Crock-Pot and stir, coating the apples with the honey mixture.
  • Cook on high 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours until apples are falling apart.
  • Remove the lid and continue cooking for 1 more hour to thicken apple butter.
  • Cool, place in mason jars, and store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.


Serving: 1 servingCalories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.2mg
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    1. Thank you Becca, it really is and it’s so easy to make! 🙂

  1. I’m sold! I’ve never tried apple butter either but you’ve made me realise I need in my life. NOW 🙂 I bet it tastes great on freshly baked brioche buns or croissants too…

    1. Sara – yes! You need it in your life and yes it would be incredible on brioche or croissants. I love croissants, now I want one! 🙂

  2. I love apple season, and this apple butter sounds so delicious. You can enjoy it so many ways. Using the crockpot is a bonus too.

    1. Gloria, I’m finding out all sorts of different things to do with it. Who knew! It sure is yummy!

  3. Mmmm! Sounds delicious! I love homemade apple butter, but I haven’t made it for ages. Now I’m craving it!

    1. Thank you Raia and you’re welcome, time to make some! 🙂

  4. I love this idea! Especially since it’s small batch. What a delicious looking apple butter!

    1. Thank you Bintu! That’s a great idea! My daughter eats oatmeal all the time, I’m going to stir some in next time I make it for her! 🙂

  5. This is perfect for fall! I love cooking apples in my microwave, but usually just for applesauce. I’ll try this next time!

    1. Thank you Lisa! It’s definitely easy peasy! I love making applesauce too! 🙂

  6. I love apple butter..on everything! It is a great snack with nut butter on a rice cake. It has less sugar or sweetener than jam or jelly. My mom used to get a box or 2 of apples every fall to make apple butter and applesauce.

    1. I love this so much! It is so good on all sort of stuff, and I’m still learning! I love to make applesauce too – so delicious!

  7. Can you put this in something besides a mason jar?