Sharing my favorite homemade slow cooker maple apple butter recipe today, since you guys have been asking for it all month long.

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

As a lot of you have noticed, I’ve been using a ton of apple butter this September, see this honey, apple, cheddar, and bacon panini, this brussels sprout mushroom pizza, this honeycrisp apple old fashioned, and this pastry wrapped baked brie with maple roasted apples. To my surprise, many of you are actually unfamiliar with apple butter. If that happens to be you, apple butter is basically just apple sauce, but thicker and spiced with warm autumn spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It’s sweet, smooth, and possibly one of the most delicious spreads to put on toast throughout the fall season.

I’ll usually buy apple butter from the store, but on my fall bucket list this year I had written down “make homemade apple butter”. I was so excited that I actually checked the item off my list within the second week of September! I mean, this is amazing because my fall bucket list is huge, and I’ll often make a bucket list and never check anything off!

Anyway, I guess my point is that I was very excited to finally make some homemade apple butter. I’m also extremely excited, not only in how delicious it turned out, but how easy was to make!

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

If you have been following along on the blog for a year or more, than you know, come fall, I love to break out my slow cooker. Something about slow cooking a recipe all day long, just screams out to me during the fall months.

This apple butter is the perfect recipe to make on a crisp Sunday morning. Then maybe go out for a mid-day hike or bike ride and when you come back in the house will smell all cozy and delicious. then just spend an hour or two curled up on the couch and taking in the smell of apples cooking with cider, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg…nothing short of amazing. Honestly, I would make this apple butter recipe simply for the smell it gives off. It’s like your favorite fall candles, but so much better.

Of course, unlike a candle, you get to eat this at the end of cooking, which is obviously much more ideal than just blowing something out, you know?

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

OKAY, so here’s how this recipe works. Chop up your apples (I love using Honeycrisp) and add them to your slow cooker along with, apple cider, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover and cook on low and slow all day long (or at least that’s how I prefer to do it). Then remove the sauce, puree in a blender and place back in the slow cooker for another hour or so. This will help thicken the sauce into more of a “butter”.

There’s almost zero work involved in the recipe and the end result is just so delicious. So far, I’ve used this apple butter in four recipes and it has taken them from good to incredible. AND I love that the only added sugar I used in the recipe is maple syrup. Meaning, this totally is totally acceptable to call healthy. Cool. Cool.

I have truly been using this apple butter almost daily. It is delicious in so many recipes (try it with pork chops!) or just spread it over a piece of toasted bread.

Plus, it’s the perfect way to use up all the fall apples you went and picked over the weekend…or that I hope you picked!

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

And you guys! Speaking of the weekend! I have so many fun details to share about the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook retreat. Would you like a full post on the retreat? I don’t have too many photos, but I have so much to say! Maybe I will share the details in my favorite’s post this Sunday!

Just to quickly recap though, the retreat went so amazingly well and was so much fun! Fortunately, the dinner on Saturday night went great. I worked with Crate and Barrel on the tables, and Kroger on the dinner. The tables turned out so cute that I might just need to recreate them and snap some better photos. I always LOVE the tablescapes I am able to create with Crate and Barrel product. The actual meal thankfully turned out great…thank you to Kroger for all my delicious produce…oh, and the ice cream social we did together was so delish.

Sunday morning was brunch with my friends at Land O’Lakes, and it could not have been more delicious. All of their special butters take recipes to another level…their pumpkin spice butter is just too good.

I will go into more detail on Sunday, so stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, how about we all make some apple butter and then this apple cheddar Panini and this cocktail?!

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Calories Per Serving: 269 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ingredients

  • 4 pounds Honeycrisp apples, cored and diced
  • 1 1/4 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon or 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cloves (about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 pinch sea salt or kosher salt

Instructions

Slow Cooker

  • 1. In the bowl of your slow cooker, combine the apples, apple cider, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours, stirring halfway through cooking.
    2. Remove the cinnamon stick and then transfer the apples to a blender and puree until smooth. Return to the crockpot and cook, uncovered on high for 1-2 hours or until slightly thickened. Taste and adjust sweetness level to your liking by adding more maple. Cool and store in glass jars in the fridge for up to 1 month. 

Instant Pot

  • 1. In the bowl of your instant pot, combine the apples, apple cider, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Cover and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Release the steam.
    2. Remove the cinnamon stick and then transfer the apples to a blender and puree until smooth. Return to the instant pot and cook, uncovered on sauté for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Taste and adjust sweetness level to your liking by adding more maple. Cool and store in glass jars in the fridge for up to 1 month. 

Stove-Top

  • 1. Combine the apples, apple cider, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and 1 cup water in a large, heavy bottomed pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are completely softened and the liquid has reduced by half, 30 to 40 minutes, adding water if needed to keep the apples in liquid. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
    2. Remove the cinnamon stick and then transfer the apples to a blender and puree until smooth. Return to the pot and cook, uncovered over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Taste and adjust sweetness level to your liking by adding more maple. Cool and store in glass jars in the fridge for up to 1 month. 

Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cup

Homemade Slow Cooker Maple Apple Butter | halfbakedharvest.com @hbhharvest

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow this is very delicious and tasty recipe. I am sure that this is on the top priority of every mothers. As it is liked by every child. Thanks for this article with all of us

    1. Hey Peter,
      I am thrilled this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! 🌷xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    This is delicious! The hardest part is waiting all day for it to cook as it fills your home with the wonderful aroma!

  3. I’d love to try this, I don’t think I’ve seen apple cider, just apple cider vinegar which I don’t like 😫 what’s the beat substitute?

    1. Hey Samah,
      You could use apple juice. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Made your apple butter about 3 weeks ago. When it was finished I looked at all my little jars and thought, “This was a mistake! How will just 2 of us ever eat all this??” Well, we have almost finished it, there is only 1 cup of it left. We have eaten it on oatmeal, with pork chops, on toast or bagels. Bought more apples. It is time for a second batch!!

    1. Wow well I am really glad this recipe turned out so amazing for you, Staci! Thank you for trying it!! xTieghan

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