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All-Day Apple Butter

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 11 hours


4 pints

I make several batches of this simple and delicious homemade apple butter recipe to freeze in jars. Depending on the sweetness of the apples used, you can adjust the sugar to taste. —Betty Ruenholl, Syracuse, Nebraska
All-Day Apple Butter Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 5-1/2 pounds apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Place apples in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt; pour over apples and mix well. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
  2. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until thickened and dark brown, 9-11 hours, stirring occasionally (stir more frequently as it thickens to prevent sticking).
  3. Uncover and cook on low, 1 hour longer. If desired, stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Spoon into freezer containers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Cover and refrigerate or freeze.

All Day Apple Butter

What is apple butter used for?

Apple butter is a concentrated, flavorful spread that can be used in many ways. It can be spread on toast or bread, stirred into oatmeal, as a spread for a cheese plate, or as a substitute for applesauce or pumpkin in baking. Of course, enjoying it with a spoon straight out of the jar is good enough too!

What are the best apples for apple butter?

Because apple butter takes a long time to cook, a softer variety like Fuji or golden delicious are the best types of apple for apple butter. You can also use Braeburn, Corland and Idared.

How long does homemade apple butter last after opening?

Once your apple butter is opened, it will last about a week in the fridge. For those unopened frozen jars, they’ll keep for six months in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 68 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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