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Apple Butter

Updated on August 20, 2012

Crock Pot Apple Butter

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A Delicious Treat

Apple Butter is typically considered an American creation. The colonists in New England were thought to have created apple butter. It is also argued that the German immigrants and Pennsylvania Dutch brought over this recipe and it spread rapidly among other colonists, which made the origin of it difficult to truly trace. They referred to this dish as Cider boiled Applesauce. Colonists changed the name and claimed it as their own. This dish spread to Appalachia, were it became a staple and where it was called apple butter due to the way it spreads so easily and smoothly.

This is an easy and delicious recipe for apple butter. It is great on toast, biscuits, and apple fritters. My daughter even likes it as a substitute for jelly on peanut butter sandwiches.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 14 hours
Ready in: 14 hours 20 min
Yields: Several Servings


  • 7 cups applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp allspice


  1. Mix all ingredients in a slow cooker. Make sure to mix them together well.
  2. Cook on low for approximately 14 hours. Store using homemade canning methods for long term use or in the refrigerator in a sealed container for short term use.


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    • SRae profile image

      Shelia Wadsworth 5 years ago from Central Pennsylvania

      Sounds delicious! Hope to try it soon. I like apple butter on PB toast : )

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      'Twill soon be time for apples! Thanks for a recipe that would make a great holiday gift.