All Day Apple Butter

This is a recipe straight from my childhood.

I loved to visit my grandparent’s house for this very reason.  Okay, this wasn’t the only reason but it sure was the icing on the cake.  My Aunt Pat made the most fantastic apple butter and when we would visit my grandparents they usually had a jar or two that she had brought over.

My sister and I would go straight over to the toaster, stick a few pieces of bread in, and just stare at that box {which was sometimes temperamental} until the timer went off.  We scrambled to slather it with butter and then spread on the apple butter.

Pure bliss.

I could easily eat two three four pieces.



My aunt was the master of all apple butter and her notes for this recipe were as follows:

“I cook with the lid off until it gets thick and then use a potato masher to take any lumps out.  I put on to cook in the AM and cook all night and most of the next day.”

Who am I to argue.  I didn’t cook it quite that long but it was pretty close.  I also had to cut the recipe in half because I have yet to upgrade to a larger crockpot which is now on my list just for this recipe!  It is so worth it.

It’s nice to have little helpers…

but it’s not necessary!


  1. Yum! I made apple butter and peach butter last year in the crockpot, it just smelled up the house so nicely all day and all night!

  2. Awesome! I love apple butter. I love most fruit butter spreads but apple is my fave. Thanks for sharing a family recipe! 😀
    Memphis, TN

  3. Oh, I am totally making some of this. I want to go crazy with the apples this year!!

  4. My family loves a dollop of apple butter on cottage cheese!

  5. Your little helpers are darling…
    So many great ways to use apple butter & great licked off a spoon too!
    Have you joined us at Project Lunch Box yet? This post would be a great link up

    • Thank you. Marla! I love having my little “helpers” in the kitchen. Great job on Project Lunch Box! What a fantastic idea. I will definitely be linking up and perhaps thinking of a few more recipes to share! Thanks!

  6. Love that this is done in the slow cooker! Looks great 🙂 And I love your little helpers! Too cute.

  7. I took a linguistics class is college and “apple butter” was said to be the most pleasing word combo in the English language. I believe it! I just hear the words and my heart is lifted. This looks fantastic!

  8. This looks awesome!!

  9. apple butter is one of my favorite things to make when the local apples start to pop up, I especially love the sweet memories tied to yours. Thanks for coming by my blog!

  10. I’ve never tried making Apple Butter before, but I’ve been thinking about it; it doesn’t sound too difficult.
    I love the cute little helpers that you have!

  11. Oh goodness…..I want to make this right now! Kicking myself for not buying more apples the other day at the orchard. ROAD TRIP!! 🙂 Yum!!

  12. Jennifer C. says:

    My granny made pear butter. I miss having it. After reading this recipe, I may have to make some different kinds of fruit butter, i.e. apple, peach, ect. Thanks for sharing!!!

    Jennifer C.
    Amarillo, TX


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