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Easy Apple Butter Recipe from Applesauce

Cooking this apple butter in the slow cooker all day made our house smell amazing!

Growing up in North East Texas, Apple Butter was a staple in our house. However, I always thought that it was too darn complicated to make. So I never even attempted it.

I couldn’t stop thinking about it though, so I had to find an easy way to make apple butter. I have finally done it!

What is apple butter?

Apple butter is NOT apple-flavored butter. It is essentially a caramelized apple sauce with a kick of spice. Imagine cooking down apple sauce until it becomes creamy, thick and spreadable.

What is the difference between apple sauce and apple butter?

Apple butter is apple sauce that has been cooked down over a long period of time. It is spicer than apple sauce and it is also thicker and has a more intense flavor.

What ingredients go in apple butter?

  • Apple sauce
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves

How do you make apple butter?

Making apple butter is so simple that I didn’t trust it at first. I had to experiment and was nervous but it is truly a set it and forget it recipe.

All that you do is add all of the ingredients into a slow cooker, stir and cook on high for 6 hours. That is it.

Note about this recipe: Feel free to add more spice to the recipe as desired. If you like a bit of a kick you can double or even 4X the amount of each spice suggested in our recipe.

In our house, we like it super flavorful and we doubled the amount of spice.

How do you make apple butter?

Yes, once apple butter has been cooked you should allow it to cool. If you are not serving it right away put it in an airtight container. Then place it in the fridge.

Easy Apple Butter Recipe from Applesauce

Easy Apple Butter Recipe from Applesauce

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

This is a simple apple butter recipe made using unsweetened apple sauce. Just add in all of the ingredients and cook in a slow cooker.


  • 4 c unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t ground allspice
  • ¼ t ground nutmeg
  • ¼ t ground cloves


  1. Add all ingredients to a slow cooker.
  2. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Turn on high and cook for 6 hours UNCOVERED. Stir the mixture every 2 hours as desired.
  4. Allow to completely cool.
  5. Serve or store.


This recipe may be frozen after it has cooled completely.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 603Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 158gFiber: 7gSugar: 146gProtein: 1g

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Wednesday 25th of August 2021

Can you double or even triple the amount of your recipe and cook it in the crock pot with success?

Andi Reis

Thursday 26th of August 2021

Hi, Debbie. We've doubled it without any problems, but we made sure we got out the big crockpot. Off the top of my head I can't remember how big that was, but that's my only recommendation so that it doesn't bubble over. We like ours less sweet, so taste yours after cooking for an hour and if it's not quite sweet enough, add sugar a 1/4 c at a time.

Tina marie Campbell

Thursday 8th of October 2020

Can you can it?

Renee Groskreutz

Monday 26th of October 2020

No this isn't meant for canning but making such a recipe would be a great idea.

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