The apples in our orchard are just about ready to be picked, and that means it is time to make our easy apple butter recipe. 

easy apple butter
Our apples have matured enough that we will be able to pick them in the next week or two.

Nothing quite says fall like the taste of homemade apple butter. Over the past few years we have shared various ways to make apple butter, but this recipe is definitely one of our favorites when we are looking for quick and easy apple butter that is ready within the fraction of the time as other apple butter recipes.  See our other Apple Butter Recipes:  Crockpot Apple Butter and No Sugar Added Apple Butter.

The basics are the same, you combine apples with cider and spices, but instead of it cooking down for hours or even overnight, we use the blender to move along the process. Within a couple of hours you will have the classic flavor and texture of homemade apple butter that everyone loves!

Quick and Easy Apple Butter Recipe 

*makes approximately 4-6 half pints

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Core and peel the apples before cutting into chunks.

INGREDIENTS:

3 lbs. sweet apples (Gala, Braeburn, Jonathan, etc..)
   (about 8 medium apples)
1 cup apple cider
1 1/2 cup sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Core and peel apples. Cut into 1 inch chunks.

easy apple butter
Apple butter cooked down and thickened.

2. In a Dutch oven over high heat, add apples, cider and 1/2 cup sugar. Bring to a rolling boil.

3. Lightly cover pot, allowing some steam to escape and boil for approximately 20 minutes, stirring often until the apples are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. 

4. Carefully place hot apple mixture into a blender (half-full) and process until mixture is smooth. REPEAT as needed. 

5. Return mixture to pot and stir in cinnamon, cloves, and the remaining sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10-20 minutes until thickened.  

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Apple butter in a freezer jar and spread on homemade bread.

6. Let cool before placing in an air tight container. Mixture will continue to thicken as it cools. 

*Refrigerate for up to 2 months, or freeze for up to 6 months. 

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Quick and Easy Apple Butter

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. sweet apples Gala, Braeburn, Jonathan, etc..
  • about 8 medium apples
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar divided
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Core and peel apples. Cut into 1 inch chunks.
  2. In a Dutch oven over high heat, add apples, cider and 1/2 cup sugar. Bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Lightly cover pot, allowing some steam to escape and boil for approximately 20 minutes, stirring often until the apples are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Carefully place hot apple mixture into a blender (half-full) and process until mixture is smooth. REPEAT as needed.
  5. Return mixture to pot and stir in cinnamon, cloves, and the remaining sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10-20 minutes until thickened.
  6. Let cool before placing in an air tight container. Mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.

Recipe Notes

Store in an air tight container for up to 2 months or freeze for up to 6 months.
Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

4 thoughts on “Easy Apple Butter Recipe – Made With Just 5 Ingredients!

  • October 5, 2016 at 1:48 pm
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    My wife just made your apple butter (sugar free) and I think it is the best tasting apple butter I have ever tasted. no sugar is the way to go

    • October 5, 2016 at 2:14 pm
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      That is so awesome to hear!

  • September 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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    I made apple butter this week, no sugar added, just apples. I did it in the crockpot and it turned out beautifully. Good luck with yours.

    • September 8, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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      I’m with you Elaine. Too much sugar. I avoid sugar at all costs. No HFCS either. I use either honey or Truvia which is Stevia and Xylitol together. I will try the crock pot method. I bought a jar of Apple Butter made locally with honey and the darn jar broke before I could even open it and taste it!! I was not happy…lol..

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