Slow Cooker Amish Apple Butter

Traditionally flavored with warm spices and sweetened with honey, this condiment is called a “butter” due to its thick consistency and soft texture. Since apple butter needs a long, unhurried cooking period to caramelize the fruit and deepen the flavors, the slow cooker is the most suitable modern cooking appliance to make it.

Serves: 48Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 16 hours 25 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 48


  • 5 lbs. Gala apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. allspice


  • Place apples in a greased 4-quart slow cooker.
  • Pour honey and lemon juice over apples and add cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Stir to coat apples.
  • Cover and cook on low for 16 hours (yes, 16 hours), until the apple butter is a deep, dark brown and is richly flavored.
  • Ladle into pint jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. You can also process and can the apple butter if you prefer.