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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

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Ingredients

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
    Great recipe! Used up apples from our own tree & couldn’t bother to peel them. Have used it for breakfast (on croissants & toast) and dinner (Prosciutto Apple and Sage Butter Chicken with Cider Pan Sauce – also HBH recipe). Thanks 😊

  2. 4 stars
    I like to can this as soon as I pull it off the stove. Be sure the jars you use are already hot so the apple butter does not crack them. Lid the jars and place in boiling water for 10 minutes, remove and allow to cool. I have opened a jar 3 years later and it’s still like the day I jarred it, although they are usually all eaten with 6 months.

  3. 5 stars
    Hello,

    I used the crockpot method but thickened on stove top. My house smells incredible. The 2nd batch I made I left out the spice as I used a spiced cider but both were so good. Thank you again for creating these delicious recipes

  4. 5 stars
    I would highly recommend the crock pot method as your kitchen will smell fantastic for that much longer! Everyone loved this!(BTW I omitted the nutmeg and clove because I used Trader Joe’s spiced cider. I did use the cinnamon sticks. I did not purée a small amount, just to add a little texture.)

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Have a wonderful week! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    I’m allergic to apples. (Yeah. Who does that?) so I made pear butter. I added the peel of one lemon. I was out of cloves so I used allspice. It’s amazing! I’m not sure if I can make myself use it for the brown butter cookies. But we’ll have no problem using this wonderful stuff~

  6. Is there an alternate setting on the instapot you recommend for the simmering to thicken it up? I find the sauté setting too “violent” haha as in it bubbles up so much and ends up burning me 🙁 I’ve put it onto the stove top too for more control but I’d rather not have to move it into another container and it’s so much volume it doesn’t fit well into my stove tops!

    1. Hi there! I am so sorry about that! I would just put it on the lowest setting possible to avoid that! 🙂 xTieghan

      1. 4 stars
        I would give this five stars but I think the advice about returning the sauce to the Crock-Pot and turning it on high for 1 to 2 hours doesn’t work. I tried it and it wasn’t even producing enough steam so I had to pour it into a pot and put it on the stove.

  7. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe today in the crockpot but I didn’t add the maple syrup to cut down on sugar and it was absolutely delicious! It came out the right consistency once I blended it. I can’t wait to use it on my toast and baked goods!

  8. 5 stars
    I believe this is the first review I’ve ever left on a recipe online, and I have to say, I couldn’t NOT leave one for this one! I was amazed and delighted over how this turned out – I used fresh picked honeycrisp apples from a local orchard and they were amazing. I can’t wait to gift this to friends as a little “Fall Surprise”. Thank you for sharing this with us all.
    One question: is there a difference between using cinnamon versus whole sticks? I used 2 whole sticks and thought it was perfect.

    1. Hi Meg! Thanks so much for leaving such a kind review! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe. xTieghan

    2. Hi Rosie! Thanks SO much for sharing your version! I may cause a few people to just faint – but I bought some real maple syrup awhile back and didn’t like the taste at all…then it went bad within a month or so :(. Anywhoooo, honeycrisps are perfectly sweet on their own to me, can’t wait to try it! 🙂

      And Tieghan – thank you for the recipe! I have pretty much no memories of childhood (yeah, a tough one, but I’m over it) :)…but this brought back sitting in my Nana’s kitchen one cold winter day, warming up from the inside with her apple butter on homemade bread…thanks for that!

  9. 5 stars
    Hey Teighan,
    So I made the apple butter! So yummy.
    I cooked it on high in the slow cooker and then simmerd it another 1-2 hours on the stove top uncovered to get that darker color.
    It’s funny reading through all the comments and almost EVERYONE asking if you peeled your apples or not! Ha! Well, I didn’t and the flavor is great….but there are little bits of apple peel still in there….which some people may not like. It doesn’t bother me, but just saying.

  10. 4 stars
    Really liked this! I think next time I’ll add some orange zest or orange juice or a dash of cardamom to brighten it up a bit. Immediately made your apple ginger mule using this! Both are delightful!

    1. Hey Kaley,
      Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Theresa,
      You can certainly peel the apples, I like to leave the peel on mine:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

      1. My apples must have been super juicy! I’ve had in the crockpot for at least 2 hours after pureeing and it’s still very thin. Any suggestions on another way to get it to thicken up?

        1. Hey Diane,
          You can allow them to really simmer on the stove top to help it thicken. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

          1. Yep, that worked! I simmer on the stove top for maybe another hour or so and it thickened up! Its sooo good! I’ve been giving as gifts!

    1. Hey Courtney,
      Gala apples would be great to use! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  11. Hi Teighan!
    I’m so excited to try this recipe, however, where I live (Costa Rica) we dont have apple cider, we just have alcoholic apple cider, apple juice, apple sauce or sparkling apple cider… which one would you use?

    thanks in advance!

    Melanie

    1. Hey Melanie,
      I would use the apple juice. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  12. Hey Teighan,
    Wondering what we could do to make the color of this bit darker? The flavor is good….but I like the rich dark color of others I’ve done.
    Thoughts?
    And I’ve seen some recipes with apple cider vinegar? I have some wonderful local VT apple cider…and also some of their vinegar. Wondering what your take is on one vs the other?
    Thanks!
    Linda

    1. Hey Linda,
      I would not recommend adding vinegar to this recipe. You could simmer it on the stove for longer to try to achieve a darker color. I hope this helps! xTieghan

    1. Hi Tammy,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Sure, I bet that would work well for you! Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

  13. Hey Keighan,
    I use so many of your recipes! they are amazing.
    How many medium apples is 4 lbs….approx? And you did not say to peel them….I’m assuming you do that too?
    Thanks!
    Linda

    1. Hi Linda,
      4 pounds of apples should be about 12 apples depending on the size of them. I did not peel my apples but feel free to do so. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

  14. 5 stars
    This apple butter is amazing! I used my freshly picked cortland apples, but other than that, I followed the recipe as is in my slow cooker. So far, I’ve spread it on toast and used it in my apple oatmeal. I plan to use it in some other HBH recipes I’ve seen; I can’t wait to try them all! Thank you again for another amazing recipe!

    1. Hey Victoria,
      Happy Friday!! I so appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  15. I have a Cooking Blender are you able to cook and do the whole process in a cooking blender instead of stove top, crockpot or Pressure Cooker

    1. Hey Nichole,
      Sorry, I am really not familiar with a cooking blender, if that is something that would typically work in one then I would say it should work just fine for you. I hope this recipe turns out amazing, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  16. I rushed out today and got my apples. So excited to make this! Silly question – do you peel the apples or just core/chop?

    1. Hey Bonny,
      I like to keep the skin on my apples for extra flavor, but you can certainly peel them as well. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  17. 5 stars
    THE BEST. first time trying this out ever and I used a slow cooker. I cooked it for 4 hours on high then pureed the apples and cooked for another 2 hours on high. It definitely needs more time since it was too thin after the 6 hours. It was already 10pm by this time so I let the apple butter sit in the crockpot (which was off) overnight and in the morning I simmered it on the stove for 35 minutes and it thickened up perfectly into a butter like consistency! Highly recommend, very delicious apple butter and can’t wait to put this stuff on everything!

    1. Hey Victoria,
      Thanks a bunch for trying out this recipe, I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

  18. 4 stars
    I used the slow cooker method and it smelled and taste delicious, but I’m afraid it has come out a bit runnier than it should. Is there a way to thicken the final product?

    1. Hey Whitney,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try! As it sits it will probably become thicker for you, if not you can always pop it on the stove top and let it simmer a little while. I hope this helps! xTieghan

  19. I’m allergic to apples (yeah, who does that?) So I usually sub pears. Do you think I should add lemon juice to bring the flavor back to something more tart for your apple butter recipe if I want to make pear butter?

    1. Hey Jan,
      Sure, I bet that would work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kim,
      I’ve not personally tried this, but I bet it would work well! Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

      1. Hey Nancy,
        I do not peel my apples but you totally can. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Karen,
      I leave the peel on the apples, but feel free to peel them to your liking. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Tammy,
      You can keep this in the fridge in glass jars for up to 1 month. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  20. 5 stars
    This is in the slow cooker, thickening up, right now! Smells SO good!!! I decided to make it (first time making apple butter), because I love apple butter, and I want to make your Brown Butter Chewy Maple Brown Sugar Cookies! Can’t wait to try both!!

  21. 5 stars
    I made the apple butter today. Great use for the honey crisp apples I picked up at the farmers market. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfectly. I did the stove top version. Instead of using the blender I used an immersion blender, which worked perfectly.I tasted it warm and it was perfect. I am sure it will taste even better as it cools. Another great recipe. This made the house smell amazing.

    1. Hey Cindy,
      I do not string my apples, but you absolutely can! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  22. Do you think I could make this apple butter shelf stable bu sealing g the jars and processing them in a canner???
    MK

    1. Hey MaryKay,
      I’ve not personally tried this, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work well for you. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Megan,
      I did not peel my apples, but you can if you want. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Lynn,
      I’ve not personally canned this recipe, but I’m sure it would work well for you! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jeanne,
      I do not peel my apples but you can if you like. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Sharon,
      I don’t peel my apples, but you certainly can! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  23. Just finished making this- stored in the fridge to try in the morning! I’m a little concerned as it was thinner than I thought it would be. Do you think it will thicken as it cools?

    1. Hey Molly,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! Yes, it should! xTieghan

  24. 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

  25. 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!

  26. 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

  27. 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!!

  28. This looks amazing! I’m planning to use some of it in your apple cider doughnuts this weekend 🙂
    I’ll be using an instant pot, but I’d like to cut the recipe in half…should I also reduce the cooking time, and if so, by how much? Should the time change be proportional to the change in quantity?

    1. Hey Lilla,
      If you plan to only make half of the recipe you will also want to cut the cook time in half. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Lauren,
      Yes, Granny Smith will work. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  29. Hi! I’m in the process of making this and I’m hoping to can it. Do you think that will work for storage? Or would it need some acid added to it do you think? It smells really good!

    1. Hey Emily,
      I’ve not tried canning this, but you can certainly give it a try! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  30. 5 stars
    I made this. Really delicious! Just wondered about shelf life. I’ve read a few articles that if you process in sealed jars, it can last up to 6 months. Hoping to make more now and give as Xmas gifts. Thoughts?

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      This recipe is good for 1 month in the fridge. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      Yes totally fine to do! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Leslie,
      I do not peel the apples. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  31. Hi- great recipient the only problem I have is it is still really soupy even after cooling and being in the fridge all day. Any suggestions? Absolutely delicious too

    1. Hey Ali,
      Thanks for trying the recipe, did you adjust anything? Try simmering it on the stove for a bit longer. I hope this helps! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jean,
      Yes, honey will work. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  32. 5 stars
    Hi there! I would love to jar this and send to family members- can this be jarred and stored out of the fridge for a few days or will it go bad? Thanks!

    1. Hey Mads,
      So sorry, I would highly recommend keeping this in the fridge:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  33. Wow, I’m in the middle of making this and had to comment- my house smells amazing and this recipe is just making me feel so happy. Thank you! Great use of leftover apples 🙂

  34. Hey there, this looks sooooo yum!
    I don’t have a slow cooker, how much time and in what temperature can I cook this on a conventional pan with a lid?

    1. Hi Ioanna,
      All of the stove top instructions are listed above:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Noa,
      You could do apple juice? But I would recommend using the cider! I hope you love the recipes, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  35. 5 stars
    Made this using the Cortland and McIntosh apples we had picked last weekend. Did the instant pot version and it turned out amazing! Just the right amount of sweetness and tart, and it made so much I could share with family. I will never buy apple butter again! Thanks for another simple but delicious recipe!

    Question: If I halved the recipe would it be half the cook time??

    1. Hey Jessica,
      I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Yes, if you halve the recipe you can also cut the cooking time in half. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  36. Good evening! I’m a new follower and have loved the 3 things I’ve made so far. This is my next one that I am trying tomorrow! Just 2 questions.
    1 – Will a food processor work the same as the blender to get the correct texture needed?
    2 – I have the mini instant pot (3 qt), should I cut the recipe in half or do you think it would be okay with the full recipe? AKA does this recipe fill up most of the regular sized instant pot?

    1. Hey Katherine,
      Thanks so much for following along and trying the recipes! Yes a food processor will work, the instant pot might be a little small so you may want to cut the recipe in half or follow the stove top/slow cooker instructions. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

      1. Hi Jessica,
        For this recipe you are going to use flat apple cider. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Cara,
      I haven’t tried that but it could certainly work! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  37. This look so good! I just made blueberry butter this summer! Question you said jar it for up to a month. That is with out it being canned? If so I am so happy I don’t can ever ! Thanks

    1. Hey Nicole,
      Yes, that is without it being canned. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Vannie,
      I like to keep this sealed in the fridge for up to a month. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Andrea,
      I leave the skin on the apples. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Olivia,
      Yes, instant pot instructions have been added:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kristen,
      I love to leave the skin on the skillet, I think it adds so much flavor:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  38. Could you do this in the instant pot instead?? How long would you cook it in the instant pot? Definitely will be making this!!!

    1. Hey Kaitlyn,
      You can cook on high pressure for 15 minutes, release the steam and then cook on saute for 10-15 minutes to thicken the sauce. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Dianna,
      Cool and store in glass jars in the fridge for up to 1 month. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Karen,
      I would recommend using the stove top for 20-30 minutes. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  39. 3 stars
    Really wish the recipe had of stated the Apple cider is not the same in the UK. I went through the comments after 8 hours of cooking this because I wanted to see if anyone had mentioned how thick it should be and came across a comment that said the cider is different in the US and UK people should just use apple juice which I didn’t know because I’ve never made this or applesauce before… gutted that I wasted 8 hours and £25 trying out the recipe 🙁

    1. Hi Samantha! I am really sorry that this did not turn out well for you. I unfortunately do not know what kind of apple cider there is in the UK.. but it is more of an apple juice yes. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with! xTieghan

    1. Hi Evelyn,
      You could do this on the stove top following the same instructions! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  40. I am trying to use up the apples on my counter which are a mix of green apples and honey crisp, would mixing be ok?

  41. This looks wonderfully delicious! Is there anything I could substitute the apple cider for if I don’t currently have apple cider?

    1. HI! Do you have apple juice? Or grape juice? Use either of those or just water. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  42. This sounds delicious! I want to make this for the french toast sticks 🙂 I’m just wondering, is apple cider same as apple cider vinegar?

    1. Hi Mirka! It is not the same! Apple cider does not have a vinegar taste it would be found near the apple juice section of the grocery store! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  43. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this lovely recipe, dear Tieghan! It is so tasty, and everybody loves it in all the recipes. Great job!

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  45. So I just bought an instant pot!! I’m so excited,and wondered if I could do this in there? What would the timing be?

    1. Hi Chanel! I am not too familiar with canning, but I would image that this would work well and I know others have done so with success! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

    1. Hi Emily! Yes, you can cook on high pressure for 20 minutes, then simmer the butter on saute for 15-20 minutes, until it has thickened. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

    1. Hey Alex, did you turn the heat to high and leave the top off the slow cooker? If so, try switching to a saucepan and simmer the apple butter over medium heat on the stove for 20-30 minutes That will thicken the butter up for you. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

  46. 5 stars
    I made this recipe this past weekend and overall it came out pretty good– tastes great, but mine did not reduce to the consistency in your photos! It’s much runnier… maybe I didn’t use enough apples? Still happy with the outcome though! I plan to give them out as favors at our (Canadian) Thanksgiving next weekend 🙂 Thank you for the recipe!

  47. 5 stars
    Great! This is a interesting read. It’s a very useful and informative information for me. Thanks for sharing this useful information.

  48. 5 stars
    I made this today to go with the prosciutto wrapped chicken with cider pan sauce recipe I will be making tomorrow 🙂 any remaining apple butter will be going in paninis. Thanks for sharing all your recipes!! I come to your website for ideas daily and I always leave inspired!

  49. 5 stars
    Just made this so I can make your spiced apple pecan cake tomorrow. So delicious! I added a couple tablespoons of butter at the end of the puree process for some extra richness and it was divine!

    1. Hi Kimberly! Yes it could, but I’d suggest she follow the instructions as outlined in the Ball Guide to Canning for fruit preserves. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  50. 5 stars
    Made this today and it’s delicous! My mom made apple butter and canned it every Fall with my Grandma’s apples so I was pretty skeptical if this would stand up to her recipe – because of course she doesn’t have a recipe so I had to look for one! – and it certainly does. Absolutely delicious. Cooked in my crockpot for 7 hours on high and blended it in batches. Every HBH recipe I’ve tried has been a keeper! ❤️

    1. Hi Miranda! A dutch oven will be great! I would cook, covered over low heat for 2-3 hours, puree, then simple until the apple butter thickens to your liking. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  51. 5 stars
    I do t know what the equivalent apple is in the UK to a honey crisp apple. Is it a tart apple like a Granny Smith or more like a Braeburn or Jazz apple. Or is it a cooking apple like a tart Bramley apple. The wrong sweetness of the apple would change the end result. Thanks.

    1. Hi Caroline! Sure, you can make in the instant pot. I would combine all ingredients and cook for 12-15 minutes on high pressure, release the steam, then saute for 10 minutes to thicken the apple butter. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hi Terry, I do not peel my apples. I love to leave the skins on. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  52. 5 stars
    I just tried this, it was aaaaamazing! My whole house smells so good. I just made this, to make the brie and apple dessert.. But this is a can definitely stand alone and it’s so easy! Talking about easy, I’ve been married 14 years and I’m a 35 year old women. Who’s cooked the same 10+ dishes for a decade and a half. Which only half of those are from scratch. My neighbor was obsessed with your recipes. But I figured it’s because she’s a good cook. So it’s easy for her to make anything good. I first tried your beef tenderloin and mushroom dish. It the was fun to make , easy to follow and absolutely delicious. My husband loved it. I was shocked. He’s a very harsh critic. Then everyday other day since, I’ve tried a different recipe. Not to get emotional, but you’ve turned me from a person who was scared to cook. To a person who can’t wait to make a meal. Thank for teaching this grown women how’s to finally cook.

    1. Hi Aliya! I am so glad you loved this apple butter recipe! Also, I am so glad you love cooking now.. Thats amazing!! Thank you so much!

  53. My apple butter is still pretty runny after letting it cool over night. Is it ok to put it back in the slow cooker to reduce more after it has already been cooled down? Thanks!!

    1. Hey Ariel! Yes, you can certainly put the apple butter back in the slow cooker to thicken it. You can also thicken it up on the stove-top as well. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  54. 4 stars
    Hi there, this was delicious but like some other comments above, mine never set. I allowed to cool for a few hours and then refridgerated overnight and still quite soupy. Any tips to help thicken it to a more buttery consistency? Can still use for a syrup like topping if not as the taste is delicious!

    1. Hey Melissa! I recommend placing the butter back in the slow cooker and cooking, with the lid off for an addition hour. That should thicken the butter up! Please let me know if you have any other questions. So glad you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

    1. The apple butter will keep about 2 weeks in the fridge. Yes, you can freeze the apple butter. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  55. 5 stars
    Love this apple butter so much!! I made this in my mini instapot, half recipe, blended in my Vitamix and finished on the stove top, which may have been unnecessary…although turned out great and perfect for the Amazing Apple Butter Bars (big hit for my dinner party last night)!! Now, I’m making a second batch for a friend:). So delish even on its own…a spoonful of Fall! Thank you! Love ALL that you create & share!!!

  56. 5 stars
    Thanks for making this easy! Made it without clove bc I didn’t have it handy and I’m not a huge fan. I was happily surprised with how much the recipe made. Slathering it on my pancakes and toast!

    Got a huge stash of apples from harvesting at a friends so I need more easy ideas! Unfortunately I cannot live on apple butter and apple crisp. ?‍♀️

  57. 5 stars
    Wow! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to make this! Maple and apples, never tried it before but it sounds delish!

  58. Hi Tieghan! Love all your photos and your recipes are great!! I was looking forward to make this apple butter but unfortunately, I was unable to locate the non-alcoholic Apple cider. Can I replace with Concentrated & Unsweetened Apple Juice? Or does it have to be sweetened? Thanks in advance!!

    1. Hey Brenda! I would use unsweetened apple juice in place of the cider. I am sure that will be great. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  59. 5 stars
    For anyone hoping to make this without a slow cooker: I had great success! I simmered all the ingredients for 45 minutes on medium in my Dutch oven (covered), then transferred it to a blender and blended until it was very smooth. I put the puree back in the pot and simmered it for 1 hour, uncovered on medium-low, stirring frequently. It was a great consistency by the end (and especially after a few hours in the fridge) and is absolutely delicious! As a side note: I did try the immersion blender but wasn’t satisfied with how chunky it still was. A minute in the blender gave me the texture I was looking for. Another fantastic HBH recipe I’m sure I will make again!!

  60. I went apple picking and now i have a TON of apples. All different varieties. Do you think this recipe would still work out if I used a mixture of different types of apples?

    Thanks!

  61. What do I do if it doesn’t thicken like it looks in your pictures? Do I just keep cooking it to see if it will thicken?
    Thank you.

    1. Hey Shelly! Yes, just keep cooking until it is thickened to your desired consistency. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

    1. HI! I do not peel my apples, I like the texture the skin provides. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

    1. HI! it might take a bit of elbow grease and a little more time, but I am sure you could get it blended with an immersion blender. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  62. Hi! Does this recipe freeze well?
    I want to make some to offer as Christmas’s gifts, and since apple picking season is now, I’d like to use apple I’ve picked.

    Thank you,

    Sam

    1. HI! This freezes great and is perfect for gifts! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  63. We came home with Ambrosia, Honey Crisp and MacIntosh Apples. I am going to use all 3 in the apple butter as I have 1/2 bushel of each. Last year I used honey crisp and it was amazing. We canned it and it was great! Tiegan your recipes are fantastic. We are a Half Baked Harvest Family!

  64. Hi Tieghan!
    I just made this! My house smells amazing! Lol! I was wondering if this recipe can be canned? I seem to the canning bug right now! I did peel the apples (I don’t know how I missed the part of keeping the skin on!). Clearly I was a bit to excited about the recipe and didn’t read it thoroughly!

    Thanks!
    Tammy

    1. Hey Tammy! I have not tried canning this, but I don’t see why it would not work. Please let me know how it goes! I am so glad you love this recipe! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  65. Tieghen – I agree with Victoria S. that you have a beautiful eye for food photography – it is what first drew me to your site – thanks for sharing your talents! While I don’t love to cook, I’ve started cooking more and counting less on prepared foods.
    As as a happy consequence have lowered my blood pressure …whole food is so much better than processed! So, thank you so much for sharing your inspiration and best wishes for your continued success …and happiness!

  66. 5 stars
    With the 1st day of September being tomorrow I have all the fall feels and your blog is the BEST for fall recipes! I have made many of your recipes and love them all. I use apple butter a ton in both savory and sweet applications and loved your other recipes in the top that mentioned ways to use it! My husband and I were in Boston/vermont last year and of course purchased maple syrup from Vermont which I have been dying to use! . We also had a pizza that made me think of you and a great use for apple butter!-apple butter base, smoked pork, red onion, gruyere, mozarella, and sage! I made this apple butter yesterday and it is truly amazing. I can’t wait to re-create that pizza and make your others recipes using it! Any other riffs on pizza with apple butter you can think of would be awesome because who doesn’t like a Friday pizza night!

    1. I am so glad you’re so excited for Fall recipes because.. SAME! Thank you so much Taylor! I hope you love your pizza tomorrow!

  67. i very like it and i always drink this almost every days. i like ur website always have good article for us.

  68. 5 stars
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    many cool recipe i got from here,
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  69. 4 stars
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  70. 4 stars
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  71. Thank you for sharing the slow breader butter maple apple recipe made or your own. I think the result is very good.

  72. Yummy, I don’t think I have ever tried apple butter before! But this homemade recipe looks better than anything store-bought! Looks so fresh and sweet!

  73. 4 stars
    Made this yesterday and although it tastes great its consistency is very liquidy. I followed everything exactly as written. Any ideas how to try and thicken it up, cant put it on anything because its in such a liquid state. Thanks

    1. HI! Just let the sauce cook with the lid off for an hour or so until it thickens. You can also just simmer this on the stove for 30 minutes until it thickens too. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Thanksgiving! ?

    1. Hi! I am not sure as I have never done so, but I would think preserving or canning this would work great. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe. Thank you! ?

  74. I made the apple butter and purred like instructed. However, I’m on the 3rd hr after blending and it still looks like applesauce. What should I do?

    1. Hi! This sounds like the right consistency to me. I would stop cooking. It will firm up a little in the fridge too. let me kno if you have other questions. Enjoy! 🙂

  75. 5 stars
    Loving this! Eating it right now on a slice of homemade zucchini carrot bread. Delicious – I can’t get enough! Made it as written, with Honeycrisp and Liberty apples from the farmers market. Also used both a cinnamon stick and some fresh ground cinnamon. Cooked it on high for 4-5 hours, then low for another 5-6 hours. YUM! Thank you!

  76. Finally getting around to making this – kitchen smells great – I used my dandy little Cuisinart Smart Stick and pureed the cooked apples in the crock pot rather than transferring hot stuff to a blender. Worked fine.

  77. I am not sure if someone else asked this, but do you take the cinnamon stick out before blending? Thank you!

    1. Hi Juliet! Yes, you remove the cinnamon stick before blending. Recipe is all fixed. Thank you! Let me know if you have questions and I hope you love recipe! 🙂

  78. Oh my goodness, I just jarred this up, it’s delicious! Perfect amount of maple syrup and spices – I’m planning on giving my neighbors some tomorrow! Thanks for sharing xo

  79. Really liked this part of the article, with a nice and interesting topics have helped a lot of people who do not challenge things people should know you need more publicize this so many people who know about it are rare for people to know this, Success for you

  80. LOVE your Blog and so excited to see you have a book! Congratulations! Your photos are inspirational always!

    SO… I made this apple butter from Red D apples from grandmother’s tree (that my 4 year old daughter picked with grandmother)- and as they weren’t the most perfect apples, I had to work at getting them usable (i.e. trimming off many bad parts) – but totally worth it as what a special day for my daughter… That being said, I followed the recipe and it is SO tart! Maybe I used too much apple cider vinegar for my type of apple? Have any suggestions to help save this batch?! Already added an extra cup of maple syrup… I’m thinking white sugar at this point… Thoughts? TIA!

    1. Hey Kim! First, what an incredibly fun day. Such great memories!!

      Did you use apple cider vinegar or apple cider? If you used vinegar, that is probably the issue. My recipe uses apple cider. Also, it could have been the apples. I used honeycrisp apples that where pretty sweet. Next time, try adding more maple until it is sweet enough to your taste. Let me know if you have questions. thank you!!

  81. OMG this looks amazing! My grocery store is selling huge bags of apples now, and I’ve been dying to make something with them. Quick question: does this apple butter keep in the freezer?
    -Claire
    tallgirlbigworld.com

    1. I have not tried freezing this, so I am not sure. I would think it would freeze just fine though. Please let me know how it goes. Thank you and enjoy the apple butter!

  82. Just finished making this, so yummy! I used an immersion blender to “sauce” the butter, worked perfectly. I also strained my apple mixture through a sieve into a bowl to get an even smoother texture, and dumped it back into the slow cooker to finish cooking.

  83. This looks great. Question though…what size crock put do you use for this recipe? I don’t have a huge one like most people, it’s medium sized but I don’t know the exact amount offhand. Looking forward to hearing more about the retreat!

  84. If you spread your toast with cream cheese and then apple butter, it taste like the toast is topped with apple-y cream cheese icing. Just sayin’.

  85. Is apple cider the same there as it is in the UK? Cider over here is an alcoholic, carbonated drink, served cold. I’d love to make this.

    1. Apple cider in the US is not the same as we have in the UK. It isn’t alcoholic and it isn’t sparkling (that is what Americans would call “hard cider” I believe). They have a distinction between apple cider and apple juice, where the latter is usually sweetened, more like the cheaper versions of apple juice we’d get over here. The closest you’ll get in the UK to apple cider is one of the cloudy apple juices, such as Copella.

    2. Hi Laura! Typically our is does not include alcohol or carbonation. I would use apple juice in place of the cider. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope you love the apple butter!

  86. I am so excited about this recipe! Apple cinnamon combo is my favorite of all time! The only problem is, that I do not have a slowcooker 🙁 are there any other ways I could do this?? Rice cooker perhaps? Or just a normal pot on low heat? Thanks so much!

    Also I have to say, I randomly found you on instagram a long time ago and always liked your posts, the pictures are so inviting and yummy.. Only recently I started to look into your recipes a bit more and I am just amazed. I love your blog!

    1. HI! I would recommend a normal pot over medium low heat for about 102 hours or until the apples are extra soft. Let me know if you have any questions at all, but I think that should work great!

      And thank you! What a kind comment! So glad you are enjoying my work. Hope you love all the recipes you try! 🙂

      1. Hi, thank you for your answer!

        I will definitely try the normal pot. I got a bit confused, because you wrote 102 hours. Did you really mean that, or did you mean 10 hours? Thanks! Looking forward to your new recipes. Warm autumn greetings from Prague!

        1. Hi! Sorry, I meant 1-2 hours! Clearly was typing too fast, sorry about that. Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love the this. thanks! 🙂

  87. Hey Tieghan,
    I’m looking forward to making this apple butter recipe and filling my apartment (or mom’s house) with the smell of fall. I would love a full post on the retreat! Haha I don’t have an instagram so I didn’t get to see your stories, but I’d love to hear about how everything went! I’m glad it seemed to go well and you can now (somewhat) breathe. ?
    (Or at least make more apple butter).

    1. Awh thank you Krisin! I can’t wait to show you guys the retreat, it was so fun! Anyway, I hope you love this recipe and love the smell!!

  88. I just made some apple butter in the slow cooker and I love it. I peeled the apples which takes some time ( my husband does it) and is kind of wasteful. I am going to try your recipe because you don’t peel the apples.

    1. Hi Juliet! No, you do not peel the apples and yes, you can use other apples, but I do like honeycrisp the best. Just use a firm, tart apple. Hope you love this!

  89. Yes! Definitely post on the weekend; I followed on Instagram but I’m sure there was so much more that we all missed.
    This apple butter looks amazing. I hope you’re thinking about doing a pumpkin butter too!

    1. Hi! Yes, you can halve the recipe, that works great! The apple butter keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge in a sealed container. Let me know if you have other questions. Enjoy the apple butter!

        1. HI! I have not tried freezing this, so I am not sure. I would think it would freeze just fine though. Please let me know how it goes. Thank you and enjoy the apple butter!

  90. I cannot wait to make this apple butter..oh my! It’s looks delicious! I need to go apple picking this weekend and then make this recipe and the old fashioned!

    I am excited to hear about the retreat and how everything went. Sounds like everyone had a great time.

    1. Thank you Joshua! I hope you absolutely love both recipes! I can’t wait to share with you guys the retreat, it was so fun!

      1. Thank you! I have this in my instant pot on the slow cook high setting now. I’m at the open cooking stage, but it doesn’t really seem to be thickening after an hour and a half. Any advice?

        1. Hi Victoria! So this will thicken more as it cools. I am thinking what you have is probably fine. Hope it all turned out great! Let me know if you have other questions. Thank you!

  91. Tieghan thanks for the lovely recipe. I’ve been meaning to comment on here for ages (been horribly busy). Anyway, what I’ve been meaning to say is, not only do I love your recipes, I also love the photos (I’ve published over 500+ magazines), so I do know good photography when I see it! In fact, I’ve been known to pin some of your recipes that for whatever reason, I know I won’t cook, but I love the pics so pin them anyway! I do enjoy your posts I just wish I was in synch with your seasons (I live in Australia, so the seasons are opposite (Christmas is the height of our summer!). Anyway, thank you for all the lovely recipes And I will be buying your book (& one for a friend) this Christmas!

    1. Wow thank you so much Victoria! Oh ya, it is Spring in Australia right now. Well I hope you enjoy some of my recipes from our spring season! Also, it makes me so happy to hear that you like my photos and you are purchasing the book! Let me know what you make! ?

  92. This look so delicous, I can only imagine how great it tastes and smells to… I’m wondering how I could make this since I don’t own a slow cooker

    1. Just make this on the stove, simmer on medium low for 1-2 hours, stirring often until the apples are super soft. then puree. That will be great! Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love the apple butter!

  93. Thanks for this recipe, Tieghan, been waiting for it! Also, would love to hear all about the HBH weekend and see all the photos. Glad it went well.

  94. YES!!! Want to hear more about your weekend and see pictures. Apple butter is great and so is sweet potato and peach butter.

  95. Thank you! I’ve been looking forward to this recipe (and I’ve already made the panini from last week ;-)) I’m also looking forward to more details about the retreat – the snaps on InstaStories looked cool! You make me want to travel to Colorado!