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!
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.
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.
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!