Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Apple butter is a concentrated apple sauce, spiced with warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom. Great as a spread on toast, over pancakes, with oatmeal and more.

Pumpkin gets a lot of love around this time of the year but I am on a mission to make apples (and other seasonal Fall produce) shine more. Apples are available all year long but Fall apples are tastiest as they are harvested this time of the year. They are also one of the versatile fruits out there because you can enjoy them as a snack alone, bake with apples, toss them into salads, or make a batch of apple butter.


To make apple butter, you are going to need your choice of apple(s), warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, sugar, and apple cider. Besides coring and preparing the apples, there is not much active cooking involved to make apple butter.


Most apple butter recipes I came across used a mix of brown sugar and granulated sugar and suggested removing the peel. Removing the peel definitely makes the apple butter more luscious and smooth but I opted to keep the skin on. You can also adjust the sugar per your taste as well as sweetness in apples/type of apples you use for the recipe.



Apple cider vinegar or apple juice is added to the slow cooker in order to help apple cook/release juices and it also prevents it from sticking to the bottom.



I hope you welcome Fall this year by making apple butter. The aroma of cooked apples and warming spices fills up your kitchen and makes everything so cozy. I have been enjoying apple butter by the spoonful, on toast, and made apple butter latte.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter


  • 14-16 apples, cored and chopped

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder

  • 2-3 teaspoon cardamom powder

  • 1 heaping teaspoon ginger powder (or use a small piece of fresh ginger)


  1. Combine apples with spices, sugar, and apple cider vinegar in a slow cooker and allow it to cook for 8-10 hours in low heat.

  2. Once apples are mushy and dark in color, turn off the slow cooker and use an immersion blender to puree everything into a smooth, thick consistency.

If you do not own a slow cooker, you can easily make apple butter using a stove top method (great for small batch) or instant pot method (for a larger batch).

Dixya Bhattarai

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