In the height of apple season I’m sharing with you a recipe that I recently made following a trip to the apple orchard with my family: 5 ingredient slow cooker apple butter.This is the perfect recipe to make ahead of the holidays and have in your fridge for when guests are over for breakfast, just spread some apple butter on toast and you have yourself a delicious breakfast!
This year we did something I’ve never done before: we went to a ‘you pick your own’ apple orchard.
It was amazing, we just so happened to all be wearing plaid (don’t know how that happened…winky face lol).
We had so much fun, it’s definitely going to be an annual thing.
When we got home, I asked Nick what I should do with the apples. He said “why don’t you make something different…like apple butter?”
Oh my goodness, yes! It was the perfect way to use a lot of apples and have something that lasts for a while.
Apple butter doesn’t have any actual ‘butter’ in it, but it’s a thick butter like fruit spread, and my recipe for 5 ingredient slow cooker apple butter couldn’t be easier to make.
My husband made biscuits while I was making the apple butter, so I put some apple butter on them, and omg so good, it would definitely recommend trying that, it’s SO good (p.s. – I have an insanely awesome biscuit recipe in my cookbook!!)
You spend a little time peeling and coring apples (it’s actually not that bad once you get going), and then you put them in the slow cooker. You can simply set-it-and-forget it while you’re out of the house at work or running errands, and then come home to a house that smells amazing.
If you’re looking for other recipes to make this holiday season, I put together a list of 35 of the best 5-ingredient recipes. Happy holidays!
Other recipes you might enjoy:
- Eggless Applesauce Muffins With Struesel Topping
- Healthy Apple Cider Donuts with a Tahini Maple Glaze
- German Apple Cake
5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Butter
- 9 cups of peeled/sliced apples about 3 pounds
- 2 tablespoons apple pie spice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cups sugar
- 2/3 cups brown sugar
- Peel/core/slice and dice your apples and put them in a slow cooker then add remaining ingredients.
- Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
- Let cool for a little bit, then put contents of the slow cooker into a blender or food processor and process until smooth (about 1-3 minutes!)
- Pour into jars, let cool and then put in the refrigerator.
Hi, could you freeze the apple butter like a freezer jam?
Oh my goodness, what a great idea! Yes, I’m pretty sure you could, I just have never tried it with this one in particular. But I freeze purees and jams I make for my son all the time and they come out perfectly!
Can you see these in jars and put in cabinet?
I have never canned, but if you’re familiar with it and using sterilized equipment and know what you’re doing, yes!
I often have trouble printing your recipes. Is there a trick to fixes no this problem? I love your recipes!
So glad you like my recipes! Unfortunately the print issue might be related to your browser and personal computer/printer settings. Each recipe has a ‘print’ button, are you seeing those? I have heard people telling me that they’re viewing the recipe on their tablet/ipad and said it wasn’t printing, but then we figured out that their device wasn’t hooked up to a printer lol. So my only suggestion would be to make sure you’re viewing the recipes from a device that is hooked up to a printer.
If you are able to print sometimes and just not others, we can definitely try to troubleshoot to try and figure it out – my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
What type of apples work best for apple butter?
Any kind of apples would work, I like to use Jonathan, Pink Lady, Fiji or Gala 🙂