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Slow Cooker Applesauce Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Applesauce Apple Butter is an easier, faster way to make this delicious condiment. Spread on toast, pancakes, muffins, or even use in a cocktail.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple butter recipe, crock pot apple butter
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Sandy


  • 6 quart slow cooker (3-4 qt size if halving the recipe)
  • Pint Jars with Lids


  • 2-3 quarts Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 cup Apple Cider (not juice)
  • 2-3 cups Sugar
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ginger
  • ½ tsp Allspice
  • ¾ tsp Ground Cloves


  • Add all ingredients to the crock and stir.
  • Place a tea towel between the lid and the crock. This is to absorb condensation. (Be sure to fold the ends of the tea towel on top of the lid so it doesn't touch the sides of the slow cooker).
  • Cook on High for 8-10 hours, removing the lid and tea towel after 2 hours. Then cook without the lid for the remainder of the time. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn. Cook longer to make it thicker and darker in color.
  • Apple butter will be done when it is thick, sticking to a spoon when the spoon is turned upside down, and is dark in color.


You can halve this recipe (make it in a 3-4 qt slow cooker). Cook time will be about 8 hours.


Calories: 56kcal