two pint size canning jars full of brown apple butter, spoon in front

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

With no added sugar, this slow cooker spiced apple butter recipe is a delicious way to preserve the flavors of fall.

Course Breakfast, condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword how to can apple butter, what is apple butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 hours
Servings 112
Calories 15 kcal
Author Kris Bordessa



  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 14 hours or until thickened.

Canning apple butter

  1. Spoon hot apple butter into half-pint or pint-size jars. Wipe jar rims with a damp cloth to ensure sealing.

  2. Set lid on jar and screw canning ring on finger tight.

  3. Process in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes if you are below 1,000' elevation, 20 minutes if you're between 1,000' to 6,000', or 25 minutes above 6,000'.

  4. Use a jar lifter to remove hot jars from the water bath and set them on a towel-covered countertop for several hours.

  5. Allow jars to sit undisturbed for 8 hours or overnight; check for seal. Put unsealed jars in the fridge and use those first.Remove rings from sealed jars, rinse and dry jars, then store in the pantry for up to two years.

Recipe Notes

Makes roughly 7 pints. 

To begin with fresh apples instead of applesauce, fill the slow cooker with peeled chunks of apple. Add 2 cups of apple juice or water and cook on low for eight hours or so, until the apples have become applesauce.