Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Butter

Make this easy and flavorful cinnamon apple butter in your slow cooker! A great breakfast and dessert spread, full of Fall flavors. Recipe includes easy canning instructions.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Butter Recipe by

How on earth is it September 30th already? I swear the kids just started school! The leaves are changing, I’ve eaten an entire apple pie… not by myself, I promise and we’re through an entire apple party month again. Seriously, how on earth is that possible? I hope you enjoyed the second apple a day party!! There were so many amazing recipes shared by so many fabulous bloggers. If you missed anything, be sure to check out the main apple a day party page!

And while we’re discussing what you may have missed. I’d really hate for you to miss these giveaways going on: Ending today(!) is a giveaway for a 7qt KitchenAid stand mixer, in your choice of color! So if you haven’t entered yet, run on over and enter! There’s also an Amazon giveaway going on too. Just imagine all of the great stuff you could buy! Hope on over and enter that one too!

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Butter Recipe by

Now let’s talk about this apple butter. I’d never had apple butter prior to this. I feel like I’d been missing out on something amazing after I tasted it. I mean it’s basically super concentrated and thick applesauce… holy yum! If you love applesauce, especially homemade applesauce that basically tastes like PIE, then you need this in your life. Spread it on toast, an English muffin, a bagel… maybe even a muffin or pancake… or eat it with a spoon (I won’t judge!).

The best part of this recipe, it cooks while you sleep! Seriously! Prep before bed. Set the slow cooker and go to bed. The only bad part is you might dream about apples and pie since your house will smell amazing! That could be fun though.

This super easy recipe also includes easy to follow canning instructions. So whip this up, can and save for the Winter or package up as a tasty homemade gift!

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Butter Recipe by

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Butter

Make this easy and flavorful cinnamon apple butter in your slow cooker! A great breakfast and dessert spread, full of Fall flavors. Recipe includes easy canning instructions.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 hours
Total Time10 hours 15 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker


  • 10 apples roughly 12 cups
  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Peel, core and chop apples into small chunks. Add to the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Toss with brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Puree with an immersion blender or in batches in a food processor or standard blender. If blending in a food processor or blender, return to slow cooker when smooth. Cook uncovered on high for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Apple butter is done when you can scoop some with a spoon, tilt it and it does not slide off immediately.
  • If choosing not to can, store in an airtight container in the fridge and use within 2 weeks.

Canning instructions:

  • Prepare water bath; to a large canning pot add enough water to cover jars by 1-inch. Bring water to a boil. Remove lids and rings from jars. Add lids to a small saucepan with 1-inch of water, bring to a simmer. Sanitize jars by boiling for 10 minutes or by running through the dishwasher. Set aside a clean dishtowel on the counter.
  • Fill jars with apple butter, leaving 1/2-inch of head room. Cover with lids and rings. Carefully lower into boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes. Carefully remove to dishtowel. Let jars rest undisturbed for 12-24 hours. Listen for the jar lids to pop. If they have not sealed after the allotted time, store in the refrigerator and use within two weeks. Sealed jars may be stored in a dark location for up to 1 year.


Recipe yields 7: 4oz jars or 3 1/2: 8oz jars
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Items used in this recipe:

Even more sauce and spread recipes to try:
Strawberry sauce
Strawberry jam
Hot fudge sauce
Brown sugar barbecue sauce
Salted caramel sauce
Slow cooker cinnamon applesauce
Garlic and cheese dipping oil

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60 Responses to “Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Butter”

  1. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Apple butter is on my fall agenda!! One of my favorites!!!

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      This and apple pie are totally necessary and since you’ve already done pie, you’ve only got this left ;)

  2. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — September 30, 2013 at 8:31 am

    This is definitely motivating me to finally make apple butter, I’ve been meaning to do so for years! Thanks for posting this, it may be the kick in the butt that I need.

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      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      It’s SO easy! You’ve definitely got to try it :)

  3. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 30, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I love apple butter and have somehow never made it myself. This looks perfect!

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Oh you should really try making it sometime! :)

  4. #
    ashley - baker by nature — September 30, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I can’t wait to make apple butter this Fall! Which is definitely flying by way too fast!!! Your slow cooker version looks INCREDIBLE!

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Seriously! It’s going to be winter before we know it (boohoo)

  5. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — September 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Yes! I love this! I’ve actually been looking for a good slow cooker apple butter, but all the recipes I’ve found call for a ridiculous amount of sugar. This looks perfect! Can’t wait to try this out. :)

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! :)

  6. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I really need to make this! Great recipe, Rachel!

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      You really do! Thanks Lauren :)

  7. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — September 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Why are you torturing me with this! #1 I’m jealous that you get to spread this on your toast. #2 I’m jealous of how your house must smell after making this. #3 I’m jealous that you have so many damn apples LOL

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Oh my gosh, especially with the long cook time. It’s ridiculously torturous but totally worth it.

  8. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — September 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    This is the last recipe? Booo :( Seriously. How IS it the end of September already? Craziness.

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      I know! How is that possible?! But I’m not promising it’ll be the last apple recipe for the season or year. It’s not in me to just say bye lol ;)

  9. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — September 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Just in time. I’m getting ready to go apple picking and need an apple butter recipe. This looks great. Thanks!

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Perfect! Enjoy apple picking and the apple butter :)

  10. #
    Kiran @ — September 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Divine!! I love apple butter but I need to get me a slow cooker soon. Yum!

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Yes, you absolutely do!

  11. #
    Claire @ The Black Cat Kitchen — September 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    ooo this looks like the perfect fall preserve! We don’t really have fruit butters in the UK but having tried a pear and cardamom one last year I’m defo a convert! Love the idea of doing it in the slow cooker – I imagine it just takes all the work out. I can already smell how amazing your house smelled while making it!

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Claire! It’s totally worth making and yes, the slow cooker makes it so easy! :)

  12. #
    dixya| food, pleasure, and health — September 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I have never had apple butter before but certainly something to taste – looks so good and I am always game for slow cooker anything :)

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      You should try it sometime! :)

  13. #
    Javi Trulove @ T3treats — September 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Really? Cooking while i’m sleeping… Well a dream come true.. it must be a delicious reat for the morning when i wake up

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      It absolutely is! :) Perfect way to wake up.

  14. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — September 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Beautiful recipe for Fall, Rachel! Your apple butter looks delicious. Love your spin on making this in a slow cooker. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning to family diy group boards at Pinterest! xo

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks Stacy! :)

  15. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — September 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Delightful :) I love apple butter and this recipe looks perfect

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks Brandy! :)

  16. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    The scent in your house must be intoxicating while this cooks! SO GOOD!

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2013 at 7:24 am

      You have no idea ;)

  17. #
    Gaby — September 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Apple butter makes the best spread for breakfast!!

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2013 at 7:24 am

      It really does!

  18. #
    Jackie — September 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Looks fantastic! It’s been years since I’ve had apple butter. I really must make some. Do you think this would freeze okay in airtight containers?

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2013 at 7:24 am

      It’s possible it would. I don’t see why not if you’re familiar with freezing jams etc. I personally haven’t tried freezing it though.

  19. #
    April @ Queen Acres — October 1, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I’ve been meaning to look up a good apple butter in the crockpot recipe on Pinterest and wow – you saved me the trouble! What type of apples did you use? My mom recently started working for an orchard, so I’m having fun experimenting with different varieties.

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      I believe this particular batch was a mix of MacIntosh, Tydeman and Paula Red but don’t quote me on that ;) At the very least it was Tydeman. I’ve gone through a lot of apples this month. Honestly, use what apples you love best! It’s usually recommended to use a variety of apples with something like this but I’ve done applesauce with just one variety and it still tasted great. Enjoy!! :)

  20. #
    April @ Queen Acres — October 1, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Oh! I forgot to add my favorite way to eat apple butter – you have to try! Instead of a pb&j use apple butter in place of jelly. It was a childhood favorite that I still eat as an adult. So ridiculously delicious!!

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

      That’s a great idea! Unfortunately we’re a no pb house :( Maybe someday though!

  21. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 1, 2013 at 8:43 am

    seriously didnt know you could make this in a slow cooker. i totally want to now cause i’ve been looking to make apple butter at home. yum!!!

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2013 at 9:20 am

      It’s so easy and SO delicious :)

  22. #
    Sandy Coughlin — October 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This would make the perfect homemade gift or hostess gift! Sounds delicious too.

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

      It really would! And what’s better than a homemade gift? :)

  23. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — October 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Making some sort of fruit butter is always on my fall list! Love that this is done in the slow cooker!!!!

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Right? Anything that makes life easier :)

  24. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — October 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I can almost smell the goodness through the computer!

    • #
      Rachel — October 2, 2013 at 7:26 am

      We have 3-d tv so why not smellovision? Surely they can make that work ;)

  25. #
    Jaclyn — October 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    This looks so good! I love that it’s cinnamon and that it’s made in the slow cooker!

    • #
      Rachel — October 2, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Cinnamon is the only way ;)

  26. #
    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — October 2, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I have a whole heap of apples waiting for me. I know now what I’m going to do with them.

    • #
      Rachel — October 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Enjoy! :)

  27. #
    Taylor — October 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I don’t understand how this made 3.5 jars for you. I just finished making it (tastes GREAT by the way), but I didn’t even get one 8oz jar filled up! It made me sad because I was going to can a couple for gifts, but now I can only use the one I made.

    • #
      Rachel — October 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      That’s really odd. Perhaps your apples were much smaller but I’m glad you still enjoyed it! :)

  28. #
    Tammy — October 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Can I use this same recipe to make pear butter? I have so many pears right now! Thanks!

    • #
      Rachel — October 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

      I haven’t personally used pears but they’re fairly interchangeable so you shouldn’t have an issue.

  29. #
    Missy — October 4, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I just made this, but doubled the recipe. I’m glad I did – this tastes awesome, just like cinnamon applesauce that is thicker for spreading on bread! Such a nice fall treat!

    • #
      Rachel — October 5, 2015 at 7:58 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing, Missy!

  30. #
    Sema Bilgin — October 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Do you have any other Cinnamon Apple Butter Recipe without slowcooker?

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