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5 from 8 votes

Amazing 24-Hour Slow Cooker Apple Butter

An incredibly rich and old-fashioned flavored apple butter that makes itself while you are sleeping. The long, slow cooking process renders a wonderfully deep flavor with notes of caramelized apple. It’s absolutely delicious!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 d
Total Time1 d 20 mins
Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 160 servings
Calories: 25kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • 6 pounds apples , stemmed, cored, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar


  • Place the apples in a 7-quart slow cooker and add the remaining ingredients. Give it a gentle stir.  Cook the apples on the "low" setting for 20 hours, giving the mixture an occasional stir after the first few hours of cooking.
  • After 20 hours, use a [url:1]blender stick [/url]to puree the apple butter until smooth. Continue to cook, now with the lid open, for the remaining 4 hours to allow the apple butter to further thicken. Depending on how juicy your apples are, you may need to cook it a bit longer until the desired consistency is reached. At this point, taste and add more sugar if desired.
  • If you'd like to store your apple butter long-term, it's super easy to can it! This water bath canning set has everything you need.  While the apple butter is still hot, ladle it into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace, and process the jars in a water bath for 15 minutes. The apple butter will store in a dark, cool place for up to a year. 
    Alternatively, freeze or store in the fridge in air-tight jars for at least a month. 
    Makes about 5 pints.


*If you don't have a large 7-quart slow cooker, you can cut the recipe in half.
*The amount of sugar you use will depend on the sweetness of the apples. Adjust accordingly. You can start with less and add more toward the end.
Adjustments for canning at high altitudes:
  • At 1,001 to 6,000 feet (305 to 1,829 meters) above sea level: increase processing time by 5 minutes.
  • Above 6,000 feet (1,829 meters) above sea level: increase processing time by 10 minutes.
Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Potassium: 24mg | Sugar: 5g