Slow Cooker Apple Butter 911


I’ve always loved teaching.

When I was a young girl, I used to play school with my stuffed animals and any friends that I could trick into being a student in my class. I made an Attendance List (the students didn’t always show up on time!) and I taught math, writing, art, and deep life lessons from a 4th grader.

Turning to my stuffed duck “Quackers”, I would often say, “Quackers, why were you late for school this morning? I’m going to have to see you after class today.”

Sighing, I marked a big “L” beside his name.

“Jonathan and Annabel, please stop talking while the lesson is being taught.”


It wasn’t always roses and puppy dogs.


While I didn’t end up becoming a teacher, I do like to pretend I’m one on the blog. I also know when you’re skipping class!

But today, I’d like to be the student. And I think you can help…


I’m on a fruit butter making kick.

Earlier this week, I made my beloved pumpkin butter in a slow cooker and turned out wonderfully.


I’ve been spreading it on everything and mixing it into oatmeal. As soon as I see sugar pumpkins at the market, I will be making pumpkin butter from fresh pumpkins later this Fall.

After my pumpkin butter success, I decided to make apple butter. I’ve never made it before, but I absolutely LOVE it. I researched about 10 different apple butter recipes, trying to decide the best way to make it (there are a lot of methods!). I decided to go with the most popular apple butter recipe on All Recipes with 5 stars and 525 reviews. Although, without the 4 cups of white sugar…

I added fresh ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon sticks, 1/3 cup Sucanat, and a 1/4 cup of apple juice instead.

Then I bought 5 pounds of local, sweet apples!

It took me just 10 minutes to peel 5 pounds of apples. Not too shabby!


(That picture only shows half the apples)

I diced the apples. I added cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, apple juice, ground cloves, and a touch of Sucanat.

Mix in slow cooker:


I heated on high covered for 1 hour. I waited.

Then I turned the heat to low, still covered, and cooked for another 15 and 1/2 hours. I waited. I may have slept.


I came downstairs hoping to find thick and dark apple butter, but no such luck. I think it’s somewhere in between applesauce and apple butter right now!…


I’ve been cooking it on medium heat, uncovered, for a couple hours so far this morning.

And I’m praying for a miracle.

Anyone have any words of advice for me? Did I make it all wrong?

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Lori November 9, 2016

I am new to making apple butter, but from my short experience I’ve learned these things…it does take several hours in a slow cooker and I have 2. When I cook a batch in each at the same time, I will have an apple sauce consistency in one and huge chunks in the other all because one gets much hotter on low setting than the other. Of course the slower unit will eventually cook them down. But some units just get hotter faster even if both are set on low. Also some apples cook up better than others. Cortland apples cook up perfect. This year, I couldn’t get any, so I’m cooking Cameo apples. They are a little chunkier, but I like the texture. Cooking with lid ajar, or off at the end, will help it thicken up. Now. I’m going to try pumpkin butter. Thanks!


Monica Culberson November 5, 2016

I actually made apple butter for the first time yesterday. Pretty much the same recipie you used except I went with the sugar ;) after you show cook it for 12 hrs you need to use a blender or hand held blender to smooth it out.


Lana October 13, 2016

I am having the same problem…did you figure it out


Mary September 29, 2016

Your apple butter is looking lovely! I always start with making apple sauce on the stove top. I place apples (peeled and cored) in a large heavy sauce pan along with about an inch of water. I cook it on high until it really boils and then back down to medium with the lid on, stirring occasionally until they are cooked through. I then blend and transfer to a crockpot, I add spices desired, some orange zest, orange juice and sweetener. I cook for 12 to 16 hours on medium with the lid tilted or resting on some butter knives.


Angela Liddon October 3, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Mary!


Kris March 4, 2014

I assume the apple butter is ready by now :-) For what it’s worth: the sugar you left out (so would I!) does the trick so maybe you would need to use a thickener like psyllium?


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