Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Sharon L. | What the Fork Food Blog

Slow cooker apple butter couldn't be easier. Set it and forget it, until it's time to package up as gifts for family and friends!

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While I absolutely love summer (it’s by far my favorite season), I do look forward to fall because fall is apple season. I looove everything about apple season. Picking my own, all the fabulous apple recipes, apple festivals, fairs, and more apples. Apples upon apples. I’m a happy girl.

This slow cooker apple butter is a cinch to make. You literally just throw all the ingredients into your slow cooker, set it to low, and let it cook for 12 hours. Yep, 12 hours. Low and slow baby.

You’re going to want to exercise some patience with this recipe. I know you’re going to want to crack that lid and stir those apples around, especially when you see that the whole recipe only calls for 2 tablespoons of liquid.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Picture

Just don’t do it. Don’t open it, don’t crack that lid. Put down the spoon and just walk away. Walk away. For 12 hours.

Since you’re cooking this apple butter for 12 hours, I recommend just starting it at night and letting it cook while you’re sleeping. Then you won’t be tempted to crack that lid and take a peek ;)

When the apples are done cooking, they’ll be a deep, caramelized brown color. Some will have stuck to the sides while cooking, but they’ll scrape right off and you can mix them into the rest of the apples, no problem.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Image

You’ll also notice that the apples have given off a lot of liquid. That’s why you don’t need to add much when you start them. I like to add that small amount just to get them going (and for peace of mind I guess). Since the apples are pretty liquidy when they’re done, I recommend refrigerating them before blending. The apples will re-absorb all that delicious liquid that’ll make your apple butter super tasty without being watery.

Once it’s ready, you’re going to want to eat it on everything. Gluten Free White Bread, oatmeal, and biscuits are all prime vessels to deliver this slow cooker apple butter straight to your mouth. And if you want to cut out the middleman, you can always dig right in with a spoon. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe

    80 Servings


  • 3 pounds Gala Apples, Peeled and thinly sliced, organic preferrred
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider, Or water


  1. Add the apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and apple cider to the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker and mix well.
  2. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 12 hours. Do not open or stir!
  3. When the apples are done cooking, cool to room temperature, then refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
  4. When the apple butter is completely chilled, blend in a blender or food processor until smooth. Store in an airtight container (like a mason jar) in the refrigerator up to one month.


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Sharon L.

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Sharon is our latest gluten free fanatic. We love her easy approach to gluten free recipes that are versatile enough to be gluten-full too. Try one, you'll see what we mean. Find her at What the Fork Food Blog every day.