Apple Butter

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups 1x


Great on toast or as a filling, apple butter is a thicker, sweeter cousin to apple sauce. This homemade treat is perfect for gift giving or for your extra apples from your fall baking recipes!



  • 2 pounds (about 6 apples) Honeycrisp, Gala or Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove


  1. Add apples, cider and 1/2 cup sugar to a dutch oven or a wide, heavy bottom sauce pot. Stir to combine.
  2. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Cover, almost fully, leaving a small space to vent steam.
  3. Continue to boil for 20 minutes or until apples are soft and tender, stirring about every 5 minutes. Almost all liquid should be evaporated.
  4. Using an immersion blender, process until smooth. If using a standard blender, be careful for hot liquid when transferring the cooked apples. Process until smooth and return to the dutch oven.
  5. Stir in spices and remaining 3/4 cup sugar.
  6. Return to a boil over high heat uncovered, reduce to low heat and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring often. Mixture should be thick and hold a line when drawn using a spoon.
  7. Allow to cool about 30 minutes.

  • Category: condiment
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: apple butter, apple spread, easy apple butter, apple filling, what to do with leftover apples

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