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Best New Year's Apple Recipes From The American South

Updated on November 13, 2015
5 stars from 1 rating of Southern Recipes for New Year's

Old Fashioned Recipe For Apples

Even up in the North in Ohio, families brought out huge cast iron pots to make apple butter behind their farm houses in the early years of the New Nation and on into the 1900s. Some farmhouses probably still have those pots and make good use of them over cooking fires in the fall when apples are ripe under the Harvest Moon.

In the South, cooked spiced apples are another way to enjoy the fall harvest and the following recipe is easy. It creates a warm, tasty feeling all over the house as you smell them cooking.

This recipe creates a warm, tasty feeling all over the house as you smell the apples cooking.


Cook Time: Slow Cooked Spiced Apples

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 5 hours
Ready in: 5 hours 25 min
Yields: At Least Six Servings


  • 4 Cups of cooking or baking apples after they are peeled and sliced to a medium thickness
  • 2 Tablespoons of All purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup White table/granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup Oats (Oatmeal)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter, melted
  • 1/3 Cup Light Brown sugar -- Use Dark Brown sugar for a heavier molasses flavor.
  • 1/3 Cup Dark of Light raisins
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • Note: Some cooks like to include 1/4 Cup of Blueberries, whole or dried)

This hamster loves apples on New Year's Day!
This hamster loves apples on New Year's Day! | Source
  1. Coat sliced apples in flour and plain white table sugar.
  2. Stir in the cranberries, raisins, cinnamon, and oatmeal with the coasted apples and blend well. Add cinnamon and stir.
  3. Pour the water into a crock pot and add the fruit mixture.
  4. Pour the fully melted butter over fruit mixture and then sprinkle the whole with the brown sugar.
  5. Cover the crock pot and cook on the LOW setting for five to six hours.
  6. When done to the consistency you like, serve the cooked apples over vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. You can also serve it over oatmeal for breakfast, or waffles, or crepes, or pancakes. Enjoy!

Slow Cooked Apple Butter


  • 2, 48 ounce jars of Chunky Applesauce, or use homemade if you have it.
  • 3 Pounds of Granny Smith or other tart apples
  • 4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1.5 Cups Apple Juice
  • 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Nutmeg


  1. Peel the apples and dice them to a small dice.
  2. Pour all of your ingredients at once into a large crock pot and stir well.
  3. Cover and cook on the LOW setting overnight, about eight hours or longer,
  4. In the morning, remove the cover, stir, and taste the mixture. Re-season with additional spices or sugar, if needed.
  5. If the mixture is too think for you, continue cooking uncovered until you like the consistency.
  6. Turn off the pot and pour the apple butter into jars or refrigerator plastic containers and refrigerate and chill.
  7. Serve your apple butter hot or cold with any baked good you can imagine. or use it with pancakes and waffles.

Nashville TN
Nashville TN | Source

Alabama Apple Orchards

Alabama is known for its apple orchards around the state. A number of Pick Your Own apple farms thrive there as well. Visit a few the next time you are in Alabama. You can find the addresses on the map below. Happy New Year!

Steele Orchards -

At least 20 varieties of apples thrive in this orchard system.

This orchard offers apples and other fruits all year long, with additional Sunday hours from August through December. It's a long growing season in the American South!

You can also purchase fruit trees at this orchard and participate in fun events throughout the year.

Scott's Orchard

This orchard is located on the border with Tennessee and offers apples, peaches and cider. A variety of jams, jellies, and related products are available in the farm store.

If you have never seen one, the Arkansas Black Apple is for sale at Scott's. It is a very deep red and almost black. The crisp Dixie Red is a variety of Delicious apple. The Mutsu is green and slightly tart, good for recipes in which the Granny Smith is too tart. The Ozark Gold is a yellow apple, good to eat.

Crow Mountain

This orchard is just South of Tennessee and grows at least a dozen varieties of apples. One of their specialties is the King Lusk Apple, a tart-sweet variety much like a Jonagold or Honey Crisp. It is also an excellent stand in if Granny Smith is too tart for your recipe.

This orchard and market is open 362 days a year, closed on July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

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A markerSteele Orchards, 1695 County Road 1141 Cullman, AL 35057 -
1695 Co Rd 1141, Cullman, AL 35057, USA
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B markerScott's Orchard, 2163 Scott Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750 -
2163 Scott Rd, Hazel Green, AL 35750, USA
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C markerCrow Mountain, 6236 County Road 39 Fackler, AL 35746 -
6236 Co Rd 39, Fackler, AL 35746, USA
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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Patty Inglish, MS Both recipes sound terrific, the apple butter sounds heavenly.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I guess we've missed out on living in the South! :)

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Oh, these look good. Here there does not seem to be a 'New Years' recipe associated with the holiday. What did we miss all these years?!

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @MsDora - I am sorry apples are so high-priced where you live! You likely have fruits I can't get at all in Ohio, though.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @BlossomSB - It's holiday season and these are "New Year's" recipes :) Of course, the recipes can be used in any month.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for these recipes. I couldn't afford them with the prices of apples in these parts,but I am forwarding them.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Love apples and apple recipes and great photos, too. I'm puzzled as to why you are wishing us a happy new year when January is still a way off. Please enlighten!

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @drbj - Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! I hope you enjoy these recipes in the near future. They are certainly easier than using the large black pot. :)

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Apples are one of my favorites, Patty, so I appreciate these two tasty-looking recipes.