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Crock Pot Apple Butter

Like magic your slow cooker or Instant Pot will turn a bounty of apples into a smooth, deeply colorful and flavorful spread with this recipe for crock pot apple butter. So let’s head to the orchard and get apple picking!

Overhead photo of crock pot apple butter in a small jar on a marble countertop

Making your own jams, jellies, fruit butters or marmalade does not get any easier than this simple method of making apple butter. It is so easy that it barely counts as making-your-own—the crock pot does all of the work! Yes, a slow cooker or Instant Pot works well too.

Spices to use in apple butter

Apples plus sugar plus a few spices combined with the wonder of slow cooking gives you a beautiful and deeply flavored apple butter. This apple butter recipe should be labeled as Preserving 101; it is wonderfully straightforward and easy to repeat each season.

Spices like cinnamon are obvious choices to use in making small batch apple butter. 

Other good options from your spice rack include warm spices like nutmeg and cloves.

What apples are best for apple butter?

It’s always a baker’s question: which apples are best for which recipe? Well, the easy answer is to make this crock pot apple butter with apples you like to eat. It’s like wine– who cares which wines are supposed to pair with particular foods, just drink what you enjoy.

In this batch of crock pot apple butter are honey crisp apples and granny smith apples. A great balance of sweet and tart.

What’s the best way to peel apples?

Peel your apples any which way you like, but when a recipe calls for a peeled apple, I often turn to this gadget– the apple peeler-corer. Clean up is a little bit of a hassle but well worth it considering how quick and efficient this simple machine is for the job of peeling and coring apples. 

I use the apple peeler in this upside down apple cake recipe too. Love it!

Apple peeler and corer device with granny smith apple ready to be peeled

Look how easily the peel separates from the fruit. Play around with the adjustable piece until you achieve the depth of peel that you desire.

Apple peeling with apple corer and peeler with granny smith apple being peeled

See, easy as that! Apple peeler for the win!

Peeled and cored apple using the apple peeler creates rings of apple slices all connected

Slow cooker magic

After your apples have cooked for six to eight hours you can choose the consistency you prefer for your apple butter. Gently stir the apple butter for a chunky texture or use an immersion blender to achieve a smoother texture.

Add a label to your jar of apple butter!

Did you know that I have a FREE Printables library? I love sharing labels that you can download and print yourself. When you are making jams, jellies, and marmalades, it is so nice to add a personal touch.

Yield: 4 cups

Crock Pot Apple Butter

Crock pot apple butter in jars

Like magic your slow cooker or Instant Pot will turn a bounty of apples into a smooth, deeply colorful and flavorful spread with this recipe for crock pot apple butter. So let's head to the orchard and get apple picking!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 12 apples (any combination will do-- Granny Smith and Honeycrisp were used here)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from one lemon)


Start by preparing your apples. Wash, peel and slice them.

Fill your crock pot with the apple slices. Pour in the sugars and the lemon juice. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Toss gently to stir.

Now sit back and let the crock pot do its thing. Six to eight hours on low should be plenty of time.

Stir once or twice.

Puree the apple butter with an immersion blender if you would like a smooth consistency.


A slow cooker, a Crock Pot or an Instant Pot all work well for this recipe. If using the Pressure Cooker function on your Instant Pot, cook on high for 12 minutes.

If your apple butter is not as thick as you'd like it after 6 -8 hours in the crock pot, put it back on low for another hour and check again. Every crock pot cooks just a bit differently.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 0g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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More fruit butters and apple recipes

Once you catch the bug of making fruit butters you’ll find reason to repeat the process with many fruits. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed along with more apple recipes:

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Homemade preserves

Canning at home and making small batch jams and curds have really become a source of enjoyment for me in the kitchen. If you are interested in making more homemade preserves, here is a canning resource to give more more recipe ideas!

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Please note that this post was originally published in September, 2012, and was updated with fresh photos and text in August, 2018. 

Lisa Turk

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

So good. I used all Fugi apples and cut back on the white sugar to 3/4 cup since this years apples were very sweet. I added a couple of tablespoons of apple cider as well, Cooked on low for 4 hours or so and then on high for 4 hours. Mashed the apples and the apple butter was perfect. Will do another batch today and freeze.

Holly Baker

Sunday 18th of October 2020

I like the idea of adding apple cider-- the more apple goodness the better!


Friday 18th of September 2020

If you use the instant pot, how much water would you use or would you make it put-in-pot? Thanks so much! Ruth

Holly Baker

Friday 18th of September 2020

Hi Ruth, I don't add extra water even in the Instapot but if you would like to do so perhaps just 1/4 - 1/2 cup water to coat the bottom of the pot. If the consistency is too runny or loose after cooking, put the setting on Saute and cook the mixture down until it is your desired consistency.

Billie Weathers

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

I see that this was posted in 2012, but I'm hoping that you'll still get this message! How do you can this? I can't wait to make it! I hope you can help! Thank you

Holly Baker

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

Hi there, thanks for your comment! I have not canned this recipe because I do not know the precise level of acidity in the apple butter. I use less sugar than other recipes I've read in canning books. Because sugar helps to preserve the apple butter, reducing it may change the safety of canning the end product. I keep this in the refrigerator or freeze it. If you want to have a tested recipe that is suitable for canning I'd suggest using Ball's Blue Book of Preserving. Their ratio is 16 apples (4 pounds) to 4 cups of sugar with 2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp cloves. They process the apple butter for 10 minutes (at sea level). Hope this helps! -Holly

Holly @

Wednesday 12th of September 2012

Hi Paula, Thanks for sharing your memory about the gift store. Hope you can make this slow cooker recipe, it makes the whole house smell good!

Jeannie @ Living Loving Crafting

Tuesday 11th of September 2012

Can't wait to make this, for the taste and the smell!! After your apples were pureed, did you have a half crock pot of butter? Trying to figure out how many jars to get. Thanks!

Holly @

Tuesday 11th of September 2012

Hope you enjoy this easy way to make apple butter. This makes 5-6 half pint jars. Thanks for stopping by!

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