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All Day Apple Butter – 31 Days of Fall Flavors Recipe #10

Thanks to two trips to the apple orchard so far this fall (note to self: check the hours before promising your kiddo that you can go pick apples), I had a peck and a half of apples that needed to be made into something and fast!  Massive amounts of sugar make this a not exactly the healthiest of recipes.  It’s also probably easier to just buy it from the orchard’s gift shop, but when you have massive quantities of apples to deal with, it doesn’t get much simpler or sweeter than homemade apple butter.  I use this slow cooker recipe from  I love waking up to the smell of apples and cinnamon coming from my kitchen.

It’s not a trip to the apple orchard without a caramel apple

All Day Apple Butter

Makes 4 pints


  • 5 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and finely chopped (roughly 15-16 cups)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well.
  2. Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
  4. Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness.
  5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.

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