- 12-15 medium-sized apples (a mix of sweet and tart varieties, such as Granny Smith and Honeycrisp)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Juice of 1 lemon
Peel, core, and chop the apples into small chunks.
The size doesn’t need to be uniform since the apples will cook down.
Place the chopped apples in the slow cooker (crockpot).
In a bowl, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
Sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture over the apples in the slow cooker.
Toss the apples to ensure an even coating.
Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the apples.
This not only adds flavor but also helps prevent the apples from browning.
Cover the slow cooker with a lid and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Alternatively, you can cook on high for 4-5 hours.
Stir the apples occasionally during the cooking process.
After the apples have cooked down and become soft, use a potato masher or immersion blender to puree the mixture until smooth.
If you prefer a chunkier apple butter, you can leave some small pieces.
Add vanilla extract if desired and stir well.
Continue cooking the apple butter with the lid slightly ajar to allow moisture to evaporate.
This helps to thicken the apple butter.
Cook for an additional 1-2 hours on low.
Taste the apple butter and adjust the sweetness or spice level according to your preference.
Once the apple butter has reached your desired thickness and flavor, turn off the slow cooker and let it cool.
Transfer the apple butter to clean, sterilized jars.
Seal the jars and store them in the refrigerator.
The apple butter can also be frozen for longer storage.
Enjoy your homemade Crockpot Apple Butter on toast, pancakes, yogurt, or as a delicious topping for desserts!
Note: This recipe can be easily customized by adding other spices like ginger or cardamom, or experimenting with different apple varieties for unique flavors.