36 Hour Apple Butter

The things we do for the people we love!

I am a pretty simple kind of gal. I like my routines, I like the foods I like and I don’t like trying new things or making changes to my routine… until that is, I started on this food revolution/adventure I’m on. If I were asked to list 10 things to put on my toast or biscuit, Apple butter wouldn’t be one of them. I had never even heard of it before I met my husband. (Shocker, I know), I know by now, most of you think that I lived in a cave or I was grew up isolated from the world. But neither of those things are true. When it came to food, I had tunnel vision, I only ever saw the few things I knew and liked. Everything else was like a foreign country to me.

My husband has been asking me to come up with an apple butter recipe since we have been married. I was not looking forward to this for 2 reasons. 1. Apples are expensive, and for butter you need a lot. 2. I didn’t want to do the work! Peeling and coring and slicing so many apples. URG!!! Well, something worked in his favor because I found Bountiful Baskets which made the price a non issue, and I also got a peeler/corer (which I ended up not even using after the first round of apples). You can keep the peels on or take them off….so why do extra work! So I decided to give Apple Butter a shot and here is the result.

Hope you enjoy!

36 Hour Apple Butter


  • 20-40 Apples (I used Fuji, Apple Crisp and Granny Smith) My secret-use a few apple varieties
  • 4-6 Cups of Sugar
  • 3/4 Tsp. Allspice
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 6 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey
  • Jars (I used pint)
  • You will need a crockpot, apple corer and food processor (or blender). Process this recipe will using the water bathing method.


  1. Core enough apples to fill your crockpot. You don't need to peel them
  2. Place them in your crockpot and add a mixture of ingredients. Depending on how you want the taste (I wanted a stronger, sweeter taste so my base is 2 Cups sugar, 1/4 Tsp. Allspice, 2 Tbsp Cinnamon, and 1/2 Tsp. Cloves). Try something a little less if you don't want sweet and strong.
  3. Mix the apples up and put your crockpot on LOW for 12 hours.
  4. You can stir if you happen to walk by in between the 12 hours but its not necessary either.
  5. Its also ok if your not standing at your crockpot waiting for the timer, it can be even hours after the timer goes off).
  6. When the 12 hours is up, core enough apples to refill your crockpot and add another 2 Cups sugar, 1/4 Tsp. cloves, 2 Tbsp Cinnamon, and 1/2 Tsp. allspice. Stir up and set for another 12 hours.
  7. And again, repeat this process for a third time. (This time I went with a little less sugar, about 1 1/2 cups and an extra pinch of allspice, and 2 Tbsp Cinnamon).
  8. At the end of the 36 hours take your apple mixture and put into a food processor or blender until you get a smooth mixture. Don't worry if the bottom of the mixture has a few small peels, discard them or keep them in your butter, they are good for you!
  9. Add everything back to the crockpot or large bowl.
  10. Add the lemon juice and honey and stir.
  11. Can apple butter using the water bath method.


I used a variety of different types of apples. I used the kinds I had left from a few baskets, plus an add-on. I made sure to have a few Granny Smith in there. I think that made this recipe!



  1. Mollie Nagel

    Yes, you can leaveout the cloves and allspice, but I don’t think it will be very good. It will be very bland, but to each his own…

  2. Can I still make this without the all spice and cloves?

  3. Oh, I think I will try the applesauce trick! I love that about Bountiful Baskets….How we can share these things! Thank you 😀

  4. This is exactly what I do, except I haven’t been adding more apples to the batch as it cooks down. I’ll try that!

    I use an immersion blender instead of a food processor. It makes cleanup so much easier. Also, if I start in the morning, I use some of it as applesauce at dinner, then let the rest keep cooking into apple butter.

  5. jamie scott

    I see here that I am missing a key ingredient! 2 Tsp. Of cinnamon each round, wow. I hope no one has tried it without. Bet it isnt very good. So sorry!!! Holidays had me busy.

  6. Sorry didn’t see your comment sooner. I get 10 pint jars from this.

  7. So how much did this end up making?

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