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Homemade Apple Butter takes only 10 minutes to prep and combines our favorite flavors of fall to make the most delicious spread!

2 jars of homemade apple butter filled.

It’s that time of year! The apples are ripe for picking on the trees. If you can’t find them from an orchard or farmer’s market, there are tons of sales right around the corner as grocery stores get inundated with apples. It’s a great time to stock up on apple butter which stays good for up to 2 months in the fridge. Or can it and give it away as Christmas gifts to friends and neighbors. There’s just nothing like a piece of toast smothered with apple butter on a cold morning. It just makes you feel loved.

What Apples should I use for Homemade Apple Butter?

Practically any variety of apple should work well to make apple butter. If possible, we recommend sticking to softer apples to help them cook down better. Some of our favorite softer variety of apples are:

  • Fuji
  • Jonagold
  • McIntosh
  • Golden Delicious

Use a blend of apple varieties for the best flavor.

Smooth vs. Chunky:

You can determine how smooth or chunky you want your apple butter by how long you puree or blend. We love a good, smooth apple butter, but feel free to leave it as chunky as you like!

Toast with apple butter.

Storage Instructions: 

Store your apple butter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious Fall snack and dessert recipes:

2 jars of homemade apple butter filled.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 3 pounds apples cored, sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • Place the apple slices and apple cider into a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add in honey, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Stir and continue to simmer for another 45 minutes to an hour until the apples easily break down.
  • Puree using an immersion blender or wait until it has cooled and use a food processor or blender.
  • Store in an airtight container (like a jar) for up to 2 months in the fridge.


Calories: 1446kcal | Carbohydrates: 378g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 2170mg | Fiber: 34g | Sugar: 321g | Vitamin A: 741IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Side
Keyword: Apple Butter, Apple Spread
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