My Grandmother’s Apple Butter

I grew up eating my family’s homemade apple butter.

My mom, aunt, and grandmother would all take turns making a huge batch of the stuff and then sharing the results between the three families.  They would make it in the oven, using the big black oval turkey roasting pan.

Growing up, I called it the “apple butter pan” and genuinely thought it was a special pan just for making apple butter.

grandmas apple butter recipe

Obviously, there wasn’t a lot of turkey roasting going on at our house.

There was kind of running contest to see who could get the thickest batch without actually burning anything.  As an adult, I occasionally get a jar of apple butter when my mom or aunt decides to make it.  I hide the jar in the back of the refrigerator and almost refuse to share with my husband or kids.   In my mind, there’s something incredibly special about the pairing of fresh baked bread with homemade apple butter.

I finally got to join in the tradition.

apple butter with homemade breadSince I don’t own a turkey roasting pan, I decided to use my crockpot.

I used homemade apple sauce to make this batch, but it works just fine with the store bought kind (that’s what I normally use).

Start with apple sauce.

Then, I add sugar, cider vinegar, and spices.

The cider vinegar isn’t in every apple butter recipe, but I think it adds something special.  It keeps the apple butter from being so overpoweringly sweet.

I used cinnamon, cloves, alspice, nutmeg, and ginger in here.

(If your mouth is watering, join the club.  This makes the house smell better than any candle ever could!)

It makes a mess in the crockpot.  Stir until it looks evenly distributed.  Then cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Stir every two hours. apple butter in the raw baby

You may need to vent the crockpot (put a chopstick under the lid) after the first 3 hours of cooking to make the applebutter tighten up (get less watery).

After you’ve cooked it down, it gets very dark brown and smells incredible.  I licked the spoon when I stirred it.

This will make your house smell amazing. It’s better than any apple spice scented candle could ever be. If you want to impress houseguests, cook up a batch of this stuff before everyone arrives.

(Besides, you can send a jar home with everyone. Or serve it on fresh baked bread with a generous smear of butter. Simple.)

It smells so good!

apple butter jars

Stick it in jars and pop it in the refrigerator when the jars have cooled.

Home canners: heat process for 10 minutes.  The vinegar helps the acidity level.

(If you’ve never canned and are interested, check out the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving to get started.)

Ya’ll this was so good.  You’ve got to make it!

grandmas homemade apple butter recipe for crockpots

Apple Butter Recipe

My Grandmother's Apple Butter
Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Apple Butter right out of your childhood
  • 6 cups applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon each of alspice, ginger, and fresh grated nutmeg
  • 3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  1. Combine in a crockpot. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Stir every two hours. Heat process according to ball blue book instructions.


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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Lily from It's A Dome Life says:

    This looks so delicious. I am going to try it. Apple butter is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I am so hungry right now…OH MY… I need apple butter NOW. that looks so flipping good babe. I might have to try that…if I’m brave.
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  3. This sounds delicious! I have made my own applesauce, but I’ve never made apple butter. I might have to try it. My honey would love this!
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