Slow Cooker Apple Butter

To ensure that the peels havenʼt been waxed, buy your apples directly from an orchard or at a farmerʼs market. (The natural pectin in the peels helps thicken the butter.) Donʼt forget to pick up some freshly pressed cider while youʼre there.

Serves: 24Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 20 hours 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 24


  • 4 lbs. Jonathan, McIntosh, or Rome apples
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 1⁄3 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches long)


  • Core and quarter apples and place in a slow cooker. Stir in zest and juice from lemon, brown sugar, and cider. Add cinnamon sticks. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or until apples are soft and tender.
  • Uncover and, stirring occasionally, cook on high for an additional 8 to 10 hours or until the mixture has reduced to about 3 cups.
  • Remove and discard cinnamon sticks. Use a spatula to press the apple butter through a large mesh strainer to remove the peel. Ladle warm apple butter into hot sterilized jars. Screw two-piece lids onto the jars. Allow to stand at room temperature for 8 hours; refrigerate for up to 6 months.