Slow Cooker Easy Apple Butter

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 10 minutes

Made with no added sugar, this easy slow cooker apple butter recipe can be prepped in as little as 10 minutes and is scented with cinnamon and other warm fall spices.

Spoonful of slow cooker apple butter.

Apple butter is one of those secret weapons in the kitchen of a health-conscious home cook. Naturally sweet yet low in calorie, it’s one of my favorite ways to lightly sweeten everything from oatmeal to smoothies to a pancakes. If you haven’t had apple butter before, it’s essentially a richer, more flavorful applesauce. It’s cooked down and concentrated flavor makes it a great add-in to lots of dishes in the kitchen. While you can certainly make apple butter on the stovetop, I love the “set it and forget it” aspect of my Slow Cooker Apple Butter.


  • Apples: Softer variety of apples will cook down faster, and gala is my favorite to use, but you could use Braeburn, Fuji, Cortland, or McIntosh apples as well!
  • Apple cider: Adds needed moisture to cook the apples without taking away any of the warm, apple flavor.
  • Warm spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger
  • Lemon juice: Adds some needed citrus and freshness for balance of flavor.

How to Make Slow Cooker APple Butter

cutting apples

Start your slow cooker apple butter by washing your apples, coring them, and cutting them into slices. I like to leave the skin on for the best nutritional benefits, but you could also peel your apples.

Pouring apple cider over apples scaled

Then toss all of your apples in your slow cooker, along with the warm spices, and a pinch of salt. Top it all with the apple cider and lemon juice, stir it all together, and cover with a lid. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Slow cooker apple butter.

Once finished cooking, transfer cooked apples to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. You could also use an immersion blender, and leave it in the slow cooker! Serve warm or chilled, and enjoy your Slow Cooker Apple Butter!

What Pairs with Apple Butter?

If you’re looking for ideas of what to try with apple butter, here are some ideas to try!

  • Stirred into plain Greek yogurt
  • On top of pancakes or waffles
  • Over toast or biscuits
  • Used to sweeten oatmeal or smoothies

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does homemade jarred apple butter last?

If you follow the water-bath canning method, an unopened jar of apple butter will last a couple of years. Otherwise, it’ll last for a month in an airtight container in the fridge.

Why won’t my apple butter thicken?

Cooking and blending your apple butter will only get so thick. If you want a thicker apple butter, I recommend putting it back over heat after it’s been pureed. Once blended, put the apple butter back in the slow cooker and cook on low for a couple more hours, and that’ll help it thicken.

Can you freeze homemade apple butter?

Yes you can! Keep it in an airtight container like a jar or a freezer safe resealable bag, and it’ll be good for up 6 months in the freezer! Just thaw in the fridge overnight before you plan on using it.

Slow cooker apple butter with whole apples.

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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Made with no added sugar, this easy slow cooker apple butter recipe is scented with cinnamon and other warm fall spices.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 8 hours
TOTAL: 8 hours 10 minutes



  • 3 pounds apples (such as Gala, Fuji or Golden Delicious) (cored and roughy chopped)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch salt


  • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and mix well. Cook on Low for 8 Hours.
  • Transfer cooked apples to a food processor and puree until smooth. If you prefer a thicker consistency, return to the slow cooker and cook for an additional 3 hours on low with the lid off. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled.


Leave the skin on for maximum nutrition benefits.
If you prefer sweeter apple butter, add 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 35kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 31IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

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4 responses to “Slow Cooker Easy Apple Butter”

  1. Maggie Bancroft Avatar
    Maggie Bancroft

    What can I use in place of the cider?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hmm… water?

  2. Dorothy Reinhold Avatar
    Dorothy Reinhold

    Apples are my favorite fall ingredients. I can’t wait to head to the orchard and make some of this!

  3. Liren | Kitchen Confidante Avatar
    Liren | Kitchen Confidante

    I can’t wait to try this is the slow cooker! Apple butter is the best!

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.