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Apple Butter

Have you gone apple picking? Got lots of apples? Or, ready to make the best seasonal hostess gift?

This easy homemade apple butter recipe takes a few simple ingredients and creates a jar full of Fall flavors!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: Approximately 2 hours

Yield: 4; 4-ounce jars



  • 5 pounds apples (11-12 medium-sized apples), peeled and cored
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup loosely packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest


Add all ingredients to a large and cook over medium-low heat, uncovered until the apples have become very soft, about one hour, stirring occasionally.

In a blender, carefully blend the mixture until a smooth pureed consistency.

Place the puree back into the pot and continue to cook, on medium-low until thick, velvety, and a deep mahogany brown color, an additional 1 – 1 1/2 hours. But, be careful to stir often or the mixture will burn.

Ladle apple butter into prepared canning jars, leaving a 1/4-inch of headspace, and water bath can for 15 minutes when canning in pint jars (Complete Home Canning Instructions).  Or, simply store in the refrigerator.

Rad Tip:  Use your slow cooker to free up your time!  Place all the ingredients from the start into a slow cooker set to high for 2 hours.  After you puree, place back in the slow cooker and cook until the puree is thick, velvety, and a deep mahogany brown color, about 2 hours.  *You will have to adjust your cook time by adding an hour to each step of the original recipe.