Canning/ Condiment/ Recipe

Apple Butter

October 21, 2015 (Last Updated: September 8, 2019)

This post may contain affiliate links, see my Privacy Policy.

Homemade Apple Butter

Apple butter has always been a special treat for us.  When I was a kid it was my dad’s favorite.  We used to buy apple butter and give it to him for birthdays, Father’s Day and even Christmas.

We obviously didn’t get very creative but he always seemed to be so surprised!  Nowadays, I make homemade apple butter and Dad still gets it from time to time as a gift….hope I didn’t spoil the next birthday surprise Dad!

Apple Butter in a small white bowl.

Making this fruit butter is a lot like making apple sauce except you add a bit more sugar and cinnamon and cloves.  I like to leave mine just ever so chunky, but you could cook it longer for a very smooth consistency.

The toughest part of making this butter is not letting it burn.  It gets very thick.  You do need to keep stirring it regularly.  I also add a bit of water at the beginning and this helps put a barrier between the apples and the heat.

Apple butter on toast

Another delicious way to use this apple butter is in these Oat Bars.Homemade Apple Butter

Other canning recipes you might want to try:

5 from 3 votes
Homemade Apple Butter
Apple Butter
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs

Homemade apple butter with spices.

Course: canning, Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple butter, apple jam
Servings: 5 pints
Calories: 17 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 5 pounds apples
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  1. Peel and core apples.
  2. Place into a heavy stock pot with about 1/4 cup of water in the base of pot.
  3. Heat on medium low heat until apples start to soften.

  4. Stir apples to prevent scorching.
  5. When apples are soft but still have large chunks, puree mixture with an immersion blender.
  6. Add sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.
  7. Continue cooking over low heat until desired thickness is achieved.
  8. Ladle into canning jars and process in hot water bath or freeze in freezer safe containers.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 17
% Daily Value*
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    Fred G
    November 5, 2018 at 5:48 am

    5 stars
    Apple butter is one of my favorites

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    October 4, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    5 stars
    I love Apple Butter in the Fall! I have never made it. You make it sound simple to make. I will give it a try. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    October 22, 2015 at 7:09 am

    5 stars
    Oh, I love apple butter! It is sooo good on everything, and equally delicious just devoured plain by the spoonful! Yours looks scrumptious! I LOVE that you kept it relatively chunky! Perfection, my dear! Cheers to a beautiful day!

    • Reply
      October 23, 2015 at 5:01 am

      I tend to lick the spoon whenever I scoop some out!

  • Reply
    October 22, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Kathy it was sort of same with us too growing up! We used to give our dad neck ties and handkerchiefs, I know how unique 😛 but he would always have a big smile on his face!!
    Now I love apple butter but have never made it from scratch so that needs to change!

    • Reply
      October 23, 2015 at 5:02 am

      You definitely need to give it a try!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    October 22, 2015 at 5:03 am

    This sounds incredible, Kathy! I remember when I was a much-younger version of myself I thought that apple butter was literally that. Apple-flavored butter. I was so confused when I opened the jar! I love using apple butter in baked goods now…so good!!

    • Reply
      October 22, 2015 at 5:19 am

      Makes sense….I always wonder about how things got named.

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    October 21, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Kathy ~ I honestly think I can smell the apple butter wafting out of your kitchen. And I’m ready to make my own! This is super easy and unlike making dinner, sounds fun to do! My 3 year old and I have a project for tomorrow =) And giving this to dad as a bonus spin gift sounds like a great idea!

    • Reply
      October 21, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Ah…..Dad will love it! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    October 21, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Apple butter looks delicious, Kathy. Love that you made it chunky. Perfect spread.

    • Reply
      October 21, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      It is super delicious!

    Leave a Reply