No Butter in this Fall Apple Butter

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I love Apple Butter! It is the taste of all things Autumn. I really believe if fall had a flavor, it would be Apple Butter. It looks so tantalizing sitting there in the pretty jars, then once opened the aroma wafts all around one’s head until you can’t grab a spoon and piece of toast fast enough, so you nearly stick your finger into the jar to have a taste. I salivate just thinking about it.

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Spicy Apple Butter
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Serves/Makes: 7 jars

  • Around 8 pounds of Granny Smith and Fuji or Pink lady Apples. (Or any combo).
  • ½ Cup Apple Juice
  • 2 C. Brown Sugar
  • 2 C. White Sugar
  • 2 Tb. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tb. Chinese 5 spice

  1. Quarter apples and place in a large crock pot. Add all other ingredients and give it a stir to coat.
  2. Place the lid on and let it cook on low for 9 to 10 hours.
  3. At about 9 hours, strain the contents through a wire mesh strainer into a large pot and place back into your crockpot, discarding seeds and cores (perfect for the compost pile)!
  4. Place it back in the crock pot and cook an additional hour uncovered until thick. Place into sterilized jars and refrigerate. Makes about 6-7 pint jars.

Apple butter is a lost art. Many stores do not carry it and even fewer people make it. The question left unanswered for me is, ‘why?’ It is the most easy of all of the jams in the entire world to make. My recipe is so simple, just toss everything into the wonderful invention that is the crockpot and walk away. 10 hours later there is jam.

Well there is another step. Most will peel and core every apple. I don’t waste my time with that. I am an old fashioned kind of gal. The pectin that makes the jam set doesn’t need to be added from a packet. Nope, it is in the peel and the core of the apples. So I just quarter the whole apples and toss the few other ingredients in. At the end of 9 hours, when I believe all is well and cooked, I smash everything through a wire strainer, thus removing peels and seeds. In this process everything is so soft there is little effort involved. I know, I know, is she crazy or is she a genius? Well, go ahead and try this easy recipe and you can decide. I will warn you, unexpected guests may suddenly appear due to the wonderful aroma coming from your home.

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  1. This looks Great!! Love the holidays just the smell of each ingredient makes for a great start.

    • So right you are Pene! My favorite fall candles are apple spice… And this apple butter with the 5 spice is really putting the aroma over the top, so yummy.

  2. This looks amazing. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I already follow you. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  3. Oh I love apple butter and this looks like an amazing version. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon!

  4. This looks fantastic! We’re apple-picking next weekend, and I believe this could be on my list of things to make!

  5. Love everything that has to do with apples. Thank you.
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  6. This sounds wonderful. I love to have apple butter on pumpkin pancakes in the fall. I will give this recipe a try.


    • Michelle! I just made pumpkin pancakes with a supper yummy apply topping yesterday. I’m going to be blogging that this week, I hope you’ll check it out!

  7. This apple butter looks super yummy! I may have to give it a try.

  8. Just got me in the mood for fall! Great post. I have never made apple butter but I paln on trying your recipe. I hope you’ll come over and link up to my Farm Girl Blog Fest:

    • Sorry, Looks like we missed your party :(

  9. This looks AMAZING, and It’s quite new to me
    I’ve never tried it before
    Thanks for sharing it :)

  10. Just finished this recipe..amazing! So thick and good. Mu husband says it is the best apple butter he has ever tasted!

    • Thanks so much for sharing! So glad you liked it!

  11. We have 5 apple trees in our yard, so we have been making a lot of applesauce and applebutter this year! i love apple butter and often eat it right out of the jar!

    I would love it if you would stop by my blog at and link up to Foodie Friends Friday!

    Thanks for sharing and hope to see you there!

    • Thanks for the invite, we linked up!

  12. this is the perfect fall treat! thanks for sharing at foodie friends friday!

  13. I use apple butter a lot with pork or just on toast! Thanks for sharing!

  14. The Iron Chef Mom Team would love to invite you to join us this week with this fabulous apple recipe and any others you might want to enter into the contest!
    The Iron Chef Mom Team :)

  15. This looks delicious! I love apple butter :)

  16. I bet this smells amazing while you are making it.

    • Oh it smells heavenly! :)

  17. How long will they keep? Was thinking about going ahead and doing some for the upcoming Hoildays.

    • If you want to give these as gifts I’d suggest a canning them in a water bath.

  18. That looks amazing. If I wanted to give this for Christmas presents, should I water bath them? What is their shelf life with or w/o water bath, if you know.

    • They’ll last just like any jam at least a year if you water bath them, in the fridge you can get 1-2 weeks.

  19. This would make great Christmas gifts – if it lasts that long.

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