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Spirited Apple Butter

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Spirited Apple Butter
8 Hr

This Spirited Apple Butter has all of the tastes of the holiday season, but you can eat it whenever you'd like and make it the "most wonderful time of year" year-round! It's perfect for slathering over toast or on biscuits. 

What You'll Need

  • 3 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brandy (see note)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

What to Do

  1. Combine all ingredients in a 3- or 3-1/2-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW setting 8 hours, or until apples are falling apart. Mash apple mixture; cool. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.


  • Craving apple butter even sooner? Set your slow cooker to HIGH and cook for 3 hours, or until apples are falling apart. 
  • This apple butter can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 week. 
  • If you'd prefer not to use brandy, then substitute 2 tablespoons apple cider.

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About how many apples would make 3 pds?

3 pounds of apples is roughly about 5 to 6 apples, depending on the size of the apples. Enjoy!

Can this be canned by using the water bath canning process? I'd like to can so I could store on a shelf and have it later on. Or does it have to be canned in a pressure cooker.

We make slow cooker apple sauce and butter when ever we need it and it's better than anything you could find at your local grocer. We bought some cheap plastic pint containers and froze the apple butter & sauce. Just as good as canning and way less trouble.

this is okay for an apple butter but it's still better cooked outdoors in a cast iron pot over an open fire the way ti was meant to be made.

How long should I cook this when cooking it outside?

How long should I cook this when cooking it outside?

The benefits of cooking this outside in a copper or cast iron kettle, besides the trouble and cost of these items, are far diminished by the outcome of cooking the same thing in a slow cooker. Try the slow cooker method and then see if you need to go to any further trouble and expense ..... bet'ch won't. ')

Try the #1 recipes for apple butter and sauce from Yummmmy !


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