Homemade Apple Butter

5:00 PM

Jeans. Boots with the fur... anyone? anyone?! Anytime I hear the words "apple butter" all I think of is "Low" by Flo Rida from like 2007. Well, regardless of what you think of when you hear the words "apple butter" when you make this in your home, nothing will smell better. It is truly the scent of "homey".

This year, the apple procurement looked a little different-- so on par with 2020 (😒). Anthony and I went to pick some lovely apples at a local orchard and low and behold, they were done with picking. Got all dressed up and literally walked into their store and picked bags of apples off the shelf. So sad. But here we are making apple butter outta apples! 

This is a recipe that I try to make every year and then can it and give it to people I love or I'm trying to impress (aka some new neighbors)! You really can't go wrong with apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I mean those are the same ingredients in apple pie and in apple pies from McDonald's which is easily the best thing on their menu (don't @ me). 

Anyway, enough about me. Please continue on for this recipe! It made for roughly six 12 ounce mason jars. If that seems like too much for you, feel free to cut in half or even thirds it! The ingredients should make that possible! Additionally, if you are looking to can these babies, please see this resource: canning apple butter.


  • 15 apples
  • 3 cups of apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  1. Cut the apples into small pieces. I leave the skins on for a little texture. Don't worry they break down as the apples stew! 
  2. Place the apple pieces into a pot that is big enough that the apples only reach halfway up the pot. Set the heat on medium. 
  3. Add the 3 cups of apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, white sugar, and maple syrup. Stir until completely combined. 
  4. Add the cinnamon sticks.
  5. Bring the apples to a simmer. Let simmer at medium heat for about 20 mins stirring frequently. 
  6. Once you see the apples starting to breakdown, bring the heat down to medium-low for another 30-45 minutes. You should see the color start to darken.
  7. Remove from heat and let cool for about an hour. 
  8. Once the heat of the apple butter has cooled significantly, add to a blender and smooth or use a masher to smooth, or use an immersion blender to smooth. 
  9. Add the apple butter back into the pot and put on low for another 15 mins and the apple butter is good to go! 
  10. You can eat right then and there or can the apple butter as the next step! 

I love apple butter in things like plain oatmeal (as pictured above), on a cheeseboard served with a soft cheese like a brie (YUM), spread it on your morning toast, spice up a PB&J and make it a PB&A(B). The possibilities are endless! How do you like to eat your apple butter? Let me know! 

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