Condiments From-Scratch: Homemade Apple Butter



(makes 4 pints)


  • 6 1/2 lbs apples cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Place the apples in a large pot, add the cider, and cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the apples are soft (should be about 20 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and salt.
  3. Transfer the apple mixture to a slow cooker. Add spices. Cook on low overnight (10-12 hours) or until the mixture thickens and is a dark brown.
  4. Uncover, stir in vanilla and lemon zest, and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours
  5. Transfer mixture to a food processor or blender, or use an immersion blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Transfer mixture to sterile containers and refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction

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