I feel a little bit of the Midwest and hear the voice of my Grandma in this recipe that has been here on my blog for over THREE years. Apple butter, to me, is quintessential fall and I am so excited to share my super simple recipe with you today! It’s sweet, richly spiced, thick, creamy, and so delicious. This apple butter is so well-loved that it’s one of the most popular recipes around here!
- 5.5 lbs soft, sweet apples
- Half a cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed ( 7 ounces )
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- Remove the cores from the apples and slice them into small pieces (about 14″). (you do not need to peel the apples).
- Place the apples in the slow cooker’s bowl.
- Stir together the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cloves in a medium-sized mixing basin until thoroughly blended.
- Pour the sugar mixture over the apple chunks and stir well.
- Cook for 10 hours on low heat with the lid on the crockpot.
- After 10 hours, purée the apples with an immersion blender until smooth and no pieces remain.
- Scrape the vanilla bean’s insides into your apple purée (or add vanilla extract).
- Cook for another 2 hours on low heat, stirring regularly, in the crockpot.
- It will last around 2 weeks in the refrigerator or kept in an airtight container.