Amazing Old-Fashioned Apple Butter

Apple butter holds a special place in my heart. It was my Grandma’s favorite thing in the world, and I’ve always felt close to her when I eat this simple, silky smooth, fall treat.

shallow focus photography of two ripe apples on basket

Apple butter doesn’t have to be as hard to make as everyone says. Dump everything into your crock pot or dutch oven. Cook low and slow, and enjoy the wonderful smells that fill your house all day.

I use just barely over-ripe apples so the apple butter is silkier and less watery, and I typically use a mix of Granny Smiths and whatever else I have on hand.

Amazing Old-Fashioned Apple Butter


  • 10-12 Medium-Sized Apples
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Finely-Ground Salt


Peel, core, and cut apples into quarters.

green unripe apple with silver peelerPlace all ingredients in a crockpot set to low (or in a covered dutch oven in your oven set to 200 degrees F), and let cook for 6-10 hours until apples are caramel-colored and soft and lumpy, like applesauce.

I mash them with a potato-masher about halfway through cooking.

While still warm, put apple butter into a blender or food processor on puree until it’s silky smooth (about 1 minute).


Put into airtight container and store in the fridge. Should keep for 3 weeks or more.


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