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Traditional Apple Butter

Sweet, spreadable cinnamon and spice apple butter. Perfect for toast!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 hours
Servings 7 pints


  • Crock Pot


  • 6 Qt Applesauce homemade or store bought, or you can peel and chop up 1/2 bushel of apples.
  • Cups Sugar I use organic evaporated cane sugar, you can use any kind you wish, even sucanat
  • 2 TBS Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cloves


  • Fill the crockpot to the brim with applesauce. I used a bit more than 6 quarts of applesauce. Add 3½ cups of sugar. Let it cook uncovered on high for several hours before adding the spices. When it has reduced some and a lot of the liquid is cooked out add 2 TBS cinnamon, 2 tsp allspice, ¼tsp nutmeg, and ½tsp cloves. Stir well and let it continue to cook down until it looks glossy and has reduced in the crockpot by several inches.
    If you are canning this, you will need 7 sterilized pint jars. Apple butter requires a 10 minute water bath.