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recipe for homemade apple butter

Homemade Apple Butter


It’s fun to bring home a large wooden crate filled to the rim with delicious ripe apples. I use them to make super quick apple pie filling, scrumptious apple strudel, and fabulous homemade apple butter.


  • 8 medium apples, peeled cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup raw unfiltered apple juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt


3 tablespoons salted caramel sauce (homemade or from a jar) for every 1/2 cup of apple butter


  1. Select a heavy-duty, medium-large pan with a lid.
  2. Add the apple slices to the pan and sprinkle the apples with lemon juice. With a spatula or wooden spoon, toss the apples to distribute the lemon juice. Add the unfiltered apple juice.
  3. Over medium/high heat, bring the apples and liquid to a light boil.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the granulated sugar, light-brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Stir until fully incorporated. Use a potato masher to break up the apples and mash the mixture.
  4. Cover the pan with a lid and lower the heat to medium/low. Allow the apple butter to simmer for 30-35 minutes until the consistency is soft and tender. During this time, frequently remove the lid with a pot holder and stir the mixture so it doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Once the apple butter is done, remove the pan from the burner, stir the mixture so heat can escape, and allow it to begin cooling. Transfer the apple butter to a glass jar. Once it’s fully cooled it’s ready to enjoy! Refrigerate unused apple butter for two weeks in a sealed jar or container.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Tea Time, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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