Old-Fashioned Apple Butter

Apple Butter
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  • Total: 24 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 24 hrs
  • Yield: about 5 cups (80 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
51 Calories
2g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: about 5 cups (80 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 51
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 0g
Calcium 4mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If cooked totally on high, it takes all day to make this flavorful apple butter.


  • 12 to 14 apples (sweet-tart, like a Winesap)
  • 2 cups apple cider (or juice)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ​cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Lightly oil crock pot.

  3. Don’t peel, but wash, core and quarter apples. Put in the crock pot. Stir in cider.

  4. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 18 hours (or high for 2 to 4 hours).

  5. Put soft fruit in a food mill to remove skins. Measure fruit back into the crock pot. For each pint (2 cups) of fruit add: 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg.

  6. Stir well. Cover and cook on high for 6 to 8 hours. Stir every 2 hours.

  7. Remove cover after 3 hours to allow fruit and juice to cook down.

  8. Spoon into hot canning jars and proceed according to canning jar directions. Or spoon into freezer containers.

  9. Allow apple butter to cool and then store in the freezer.

  10. Enjoy!


  • Make sure and use one of the original crock pots for this recipe. An original crock pot only has three settings - off, high and low. They don't cook as hot as the ones with the warm setting, and you may burn the apple butter in a newer crock pot.