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How to make apple butter, an easy recipe for fall!

Updated on September 1, 2014

Apple butter


Easy apple butter!

5 stars from 1 rating of Easy made apply butter

Apple butter

Apple butter highly concentrated, usually made by slow cooking cider, apples and water where it forces the sugar in the apples to caramelize, this gives the final result a beautiful deep brown color that is delicious and spreadable. The sugar also provides a long shelf life. A jar in your fridge could easily last over a year!

There are a lot of uses for apple butter, it's great for many recipes, but equally tasty as a spread on a nice piece of toast!

Make your own apple butter easily, and have a great preserve to enjoy for a long time.

Apple butter, perfect for fall

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 3 hours 30 min
Ready in: 4 hours 15 min
Yields: 2 cups

Try your apple butter on...

  • Toast
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Corn bread
  • Pork chops
  • Ribs
  • Grilled cheese
  • PB&J sandwiches
  • Oatmeal
  • Biscuits
  • Muffins

Make apple butter with these ingredients

  • 4 lbs Apples-peeled and chopped, assorted (your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Apple butter ready to enjoy


Making your apple butter

  1. Preheat your oven to 250
  2. In an oven safe pot, or dutch oven combine the salt, brown sugar, apple cider, and apples. Partially cover and cook until the apples are nice and soft. About 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add in the vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Stir well.
  4. Place the entire mixture into a food processor and puree. Or use a stick blender if that is easier.
  5. Put the mixture back in your oven proof pot and cook for 2.5 to 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so. The apple butter is finished when it becomes a thick deep amber color.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool, seal in an airtight container and enjoy your apple butter!

© 2013 Rebecca


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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Apple butter is one of my favorites on pancakes and toast. Thanks so much for this easy to follow recipe.

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks D. I hope you enjoy it!

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      d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Love this hub. I was just thinking yesterday i need to go on line and find some homemade butter recipes to make. I am getting sick and tired of all the unhealthy stuff you buy in stores. I have bookmarked this one and will try it as soon as possible.

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      Janellegems 4 years ago from United States

      What an awesome, simple recipe for apple butter. I definitely have to try this one. Thanks so much.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love apple butter, but up to now I've always bought it in a store. This sounds like a very useful recipe. Thanks for sharing it. I must try making my own apple butter some time!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love apple butter on toast, especially in the fall. Your recipe is simple and I think one that I can easily do sometime soon.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful an voted up for sure. Here's to looking forward to so many more from you.


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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      This is a great recipe. I have only made homemade applesauce so far but apple butter sounds even more delicious. Thank you for sharing this. I should try this out.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Make apple butter, an easy recipe for fall! This is a unique recipe and sounds too delicious