Easy Stovetop Apple Butter


Rich and sweet Apple butter made on the stovetop spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and honey.  Perfect fall recipe that will leave your house smelling amazing.

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Okay, fine. I’m succumbing to the fall apple season. This is my first apple recipe of the season, and as unhappy as I am about my beloved summer coming to a close, this apple butter takes the sting away just a little bit.

This recipe doesn’t go all overboard with the sugar, which is a great thing. It’s not too sweet at all, and in case you’re wondering “OK, what the heck do I do with apple butter??”  It’s great as a spread, but it can also take any food from ordinary to extraordinary 😉  Yup, you can spread it on toast or a peanut butter sandwich (yum!),  smear it on some cornbread, scoop it over vanilla ice cream, spread it on a turkey or chicken sandwich, dip pretzels in it….the possibilities are endless!

I found my favorite way to eat this apple butter was with cheese on crackers.  I thought the sweetness worked really well with salty crackers.  So, don’t fret about what to do with all of those apples you picked this week…that problem has been solved.  It is a great use of leftover apples that you need to use up.

Food lesson of the day:  Apple butter is a highly concentrated form of apple sauce produced by long, slow cooking of apples with cider or water to a point where the sugar in the apples caramelizes, turning the apple butter a deep brown.

Enjoy and I hope you all enjoy your weekend.  Happy Friday!

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Easy Stovetop Apple Butter
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Serves: 2-4 cups, depending on size of apples
Rich and sweet Apple butter made on the stovetop spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and honey. Perfect fall recipe that will leave your house smelling amazing.
  • 4 apples, cored and chopped (not peeled)
  • ⅓ cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • a pinch of cloves
  • a pinch of sea salt
  1. Combine all ingredients together in a small saucepan and stir. Heat over low heat and cover, cooking for 1 hour. Stir occasionally, making sure that no apples are sticking to the bottom.
  2. After an hour, the apples should be caramel-colored and completely broken down.
  3. Add the mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. (You can skip this step if you like it chunky.)
  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

 Recipe source:  howsweeteats.com

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29 Responses to “Easy Stovetop Apple Butter”

  1. September 12, 2014 at 2:22 AM #

    Lovely and so much better for you than I thought. There is actually no butter in the mix. I wonder why it got that name… Have a super weekend.

  2. Renee
    September 12, 2014 at 6:45 AM #

    Sounds wonderful think I’ll try it today!

  3. September 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM #

    This is such a simple recipe, but so effective, I can imagine using this in so many ways! 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. September 12, 2014 at 8:06 AM #

    I *love* apple butter, so I think this is a great fall recipe to start with. Given that I’ve got a gadillion apples on my tree (ok, that’s a slight exaggeration :-)), I definitely have enough apples to make apple butter! Looks delicious ~ and I can imagine it on toast!

  5. September 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM #

    Oh yum!!! I am SO excited that it is finally apple season!!

  6. September 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM #

    I didn’t realize apple butter was so easy to make! Hopefully I will go apple picking this fall and then I can make this!

  7. September 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM #

    Oh how I love apple season and apple butter. We do apples right in NYS, don’t we?

    • September 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

      Amen to that!

  8. September 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM #

    It isn’t fall without apple butter! Pinning!

    • September 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

      Thank you, Amanda!!!

  9. September 12, 2014 at 3:11 PM #

    This is perfect timing – I was looking for an apple butter recipe – Ashley – love that this has no butter or oil!
    Have a wonderful weekend friend!

    • September 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM #

      I know! The word “Butter” is deceiving! Thanks, Shashi! You too!

  10. September 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM #

    This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to make it and I bet your house smells amazing!

  11. September 13, 2014 at 8:44 AM #

    I had made some in a slow-cooker but this is possibly even easier.Very nice recipe, Ashley!

  12. September 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM #

    I’m still making things with peaches holding on to summer for dear life! But as soon as I succumb, this is on my to do list!

  13. September 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM #

    Yes please! I love homemade apple butter…yum!

  14. September 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM #

    Yum!! Homemade and store bought are worlds apart when it comes to apple butter! 🙂 And no autumn-themed candle smells anything close to as awesome as apple butter cooking away. Great way to kick off apple season!

  15. September 13, 2014 at 6:32 PM #

    I love apple butter! An easy stovetop version is perfect!

  16. September 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM #

    I’ll always remember trips to the mountains with my grandparents when I was a little girl and all the restaurants serving apple butter. So delicious!

  17. September 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM #

    I love apple butter – and the pairing with cheese and crackers – brilliant!

  18. September 13, 2014 at 11:54 PM #

    When I was a kid and young adult, you couldn’t get me to eat apple butter. Which was major strange, since my dislike list is pretty short. I loved apple anything too. So somewhere early along the line I had a bad experience with apple butter. I can almost pinpoint it to a babysitter whose house I only stayed at a few times. She wanted me to eat bread soaked in milk too. Yuck. Anyway I am glad to report I finally over layed that experience with some happy apple butter times. This is a lovely recipe for it too.

  19. September 14, 2014 at 12:46 AM #

    Damn delicious, i guess this gonna be good for bbq glaze…

  20. September 14, 2014 at 7:56 AM #

    I just used commercial apple butter for a recipe yesterday, I will definitely be making this version very soon. I would much rather have homemade!

  21. September 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM #

    I love an easy recipe. Definitely making this after we go apple picking.

  22. September 14, 2014 at 10:33 PM #

    I am sad to see summer produce going away, but hello apples! This apple butter would be great used so many different ways and looks delicious!

  23. September 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM #

    I love apple butter!

  24. September 15, 2014 at 7:44 PM #

    I was just thinking today that I want to make some apple butter and then I find you have this great and easy recipe. Yes! Pinning


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