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Yummy Homemade Apple Butter Recipe

Updated on October 12, 2017
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I’m a home grown southern woman, mom to 3 wonderful kids, and wife to the man of my dreams. I grew up in Texas but have lived all over the


My Daughter Jade


Every August I and my daughter make homemade apple butter together. It is a family tradition that my mom used to do with me as I was growing up, and I now share with Jade. We have been making apple butter together since she was 2 years of age.

We go together and pick the best apples at the store, or if we are able we hit up a farmer's market or a u-pick orchard. This year it was the shop. We sit at our kitchen table peeling and slicing apples and talking about times in the past, what she wants to be as she grows up, friends, what is happening in her life, and silly things. It is a time I cherish with my daughter, and she says she looks forward to every year.

This year on the 26 August, Jade turns 13. It warms my heart to know that even though she is getting older she still enjoys our time together.

As the smell of apple butter fills my home, it adds a warm comfort that only it brings. I think about to when I was young doing the same with my mom and all the memories me and my daughter have made together.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me and my family dose, and that it might start a tradition in your home.

Apples For Apple Butter


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3.7 stars from 83 ratings of Apple Butter

What Is Apple Butter

Apple butter is a form of applesauce that has been cooked down to make a spread. It is made out of apples and spice like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg and then is cooked for a long time.
It was first made in Belgium in the Middle Ages as a way to persevere the apples from orchards during harvest, and become popular in America in the 1900.

It is called apple butter because it spreads on bread like a butter, but apple butter has no dairy in it what so ever.

How Long It Will Take To Make Apple Butter

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 6 hours
Ready in: 6 hours 45 min
Yields: makes 4-6 jars

Apples Cooking

What You Need For Apple Butter

  • 10 apples, I like a mix of Fuji, Granny Smith , and other nice cooking apples.
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Apple Butter


How To Make Apple Butter

  1. Wash, peel, core, and quarter your apples.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large pot and cook on medium high heat for 1 hour or cook over night in your cockpot.
  3. .Stir the mix every 20 minutes or so to prevent burning on the bottom
  4. turn heat down to low and cook for 4-5 hours, until the apple butter is smooth and thick
  5. After your apple butter is done, you can store in the refrigerator or processed into canning it.

Apple Butter Pie. This is So Good

Not For Sure What To Do With Your Apple Butter

The video above is for an amazing apple butter pie. You can also use it in cakes, on chicken or pork, on toast, in bread, cinnamon rolls, and muffins. You can also add more water and let it cook down more for a rich apple syrup.


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      Jerry Guthrie 10 months ago

      Tricia Deed, I think the Author may have been referring to her other article that is specific to the pie

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      Brenda 10 months ago from Florida

      The recipe and instructions are there. I sm not for sure why you can not see them. I'm sorry I will ask hubpages what the problem might be.

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      Tricia Deed 10 months ago

      The written list of ingredients and instructions which I was referring to is the apple butter pie.

      Thank you.

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      Brenda 10 months ago from Florida

      Tricia not sure what you mean there is a recipe on both hubs

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      Tricia Deed 10 months ago from Orlando, Florida

      I will try the apple butter pie recipe. It would be very helpful if you would list the ingredients. Had to review video in order to confirm correct measurement of ingredients.

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      Cynthia stanley 3 years ago

      Thank you! Thank you! Everywhere I went it was crock pots...I have today not tomorrow! I had forgot that it would take that long to cook down. Thought something else was wrong, so I just will work dinner around it. Been 3 decades since I have made any, guess I should have found your site first.

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Florida

      I'm glad you like the recipe Rowdee. i love the way it makes my house smell as well. Your diner sounds so good. I would love the recipe for for the pork roast, it sounds like something my hubby would go nuts over. Thanks for the comment

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      Rowdee 4 years ago

      If you can cook at all you can this. Its absolutely simple and just delicious. My house smells great today. Making some cider too. Roast prok loin stuffed with homemade Italian sausage and Rosemary. Some fresh baked bread and apple butter with it. Roast new potatoes with Rosemary also.

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Florida

      Claudia Tello I never heard of applestroop so I went and googled it. It seems to made from apple juice spices like my apple butter, and lemon. then cooked down to make syrup. I'm sure my apple butter would make a nice replacement, if you really want to applestroop seems to have a good recipe. Thanks for the vote up, and I hope you enjoy the apple butter.

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      Since I was a little girl I went with my mom to The Netherlands and enjoyed all the special Dutch treats we didn´t have in Mexico. One of those was “applestroop”, a gooey apple spread that blows my mind. I think your apple butter might be a good substitute for it. Interesting and useful recipe.

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Florida

      msginger let me know how you like it

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      Mirmana 4 years ago from AMSTERDAM

      Like your hub! I will try this recipe soon.

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Florida


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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      Interesting hub. The apple butter recipe sounds good. The images look great too.

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Florida

      Let me know how to like it molly. :)

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      I have some apple trees on my property and this sounds so good...will have to try. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the share, and vote up.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Great hub!!! Lovely story and a delicious recipe. Up, across and sharing it. Once again welcome to HubPages!