Slow Cooker Apple Butter

  • Author: Polly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 hours
  • Total Time: 9 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 9-12 jars 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


A long-time family apple butter recipe adapted for the slow cooker. Simple ingredients, simple to make!


  • 6 pounds Jonathan apples (I used Brae burn)
  • 1.5 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 tbsp ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole star anise


  1. Peel and chop the apples into small pieces. (Use this apple peeler to speed up the process.)
  2. Add apples, sugar, apple cider, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks and whole star anise to the slow cooker. Stir until apples are coated in the ingredients.
  3. Cook for 4 hours on low.
  4. Remove the cinnamon sticks and star of anise
  5. Use an immersion blender to process the apples and smooth out the texture.
  6. Add the cinnamon sticks and whole star anise back in and cook for 5 more hours.
  7. Let cool, remove cinnamon sticks and star of anise.
  8. Store in mason jars.


You could easily freeze the apple butter in mason jars or in a freezer bag.