Amish Crock Pot Apple Butter

Apple butter takes me right back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania Amish country where I first sampled this thick, spice infused goodness.  The laundry, hung out to dry, flapping in the wind next to rows and rows of corn filled my window that morning. A black buggy driven by a stately man dressed in all black with the Amish style beard waved as he rode by.  I couldn’t help but feel that I had stepped back into time, and I pretended that I was Amish — for like 5 minutes.
For those 5 minutes, I really thought I’d try to fall in love with an Amish man and join this simpler, peaceful way of life.  Anyway, now you know that I am completely fascinated by the Amish, and I kind of want to be one…. because they make amazing apple butter…like this one.
I just changed it a bit for the good ol’ crock pot!
     The one thing I don’t like about traditional apple butter recipes, is that you have to use your hard-earned homemade applesauce to make it, and it cooks down to nothing.  THIS recipe is made from the apples directly, so there isn’t that extra step of turning it into applesauce before cooking.  
STEP 1:  Peel, core, and slice the apples.
 STEP 2:  Place the apples in the crock pot and mix in seasonings and sugar.  Cover and cook for 8-10 hours.
 STEP 3:  The apples should have turned in to apple butter by the end of the cooking time.  I like mine smooth, so I puree the mixture with an immersion blender.
 STEP 4:  Adjust any seasonings or the sweetness and ladle into jars.
 STEP 5:  I like to can my jars in a water bath, but they can also be frozen at this point and kept in the freezer if you don’t want to can.  
 STEP 6:  Enjoy!
Amish Crock Pot Apple Butter


  • 6 lbs. mixed variety apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 3/4 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg


  1. Place all ingredients in the crock pot and mix well. Cook on the high setting for 2 hours, stirring periodically. Turn the crock to low and cook 7-8 more hours. Puree with an immersion blender if desired for a smoother consistency.
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19 comments… add one
  • Pat Parson September 4, 2014, 11:53 am

    How many jars does this make,and also how long in water bath? Thank you.

    • Krista September 5, 2014, 7:21 pm

      I do 10 minutes in the water bath. It makes about 6-8 jars depending on how much it reduces in your crock pot. have fun!

      • Trish June 27, 2016, 5:34 am

        What size jars for 6-8?

        • Krista July 1, 2016, 4:15 pm

          The pint jars would be the best size for that, Trish! Enjoy the recipe!

  • Pat Parson September 7, 2014, 10:52 am

    Can this recipe be doubled if the crock pot is large enough?

  • Pat June 29, 2016, 10:20 pm

    Do you leave lid on slow cooker or take it off?

    • Krista July 1, 2016, 4:16 pm

      Hi there! Leave the lid on. It provides the “steam” it needs! Happy cooking!

  • teri shewmaker August 24, 2016, 2:57 pm

    how big was the crock pot

    • Krista September 23, 2016, 5:48 am

      Hi Teri! Mine is a Costco- sized crock pot, but any crock pot will work!

  • Eileen September 12, 2016, 2:29 am

    After 10 hrs. I had a lot of liquid. Removed the liquid by hand and was left with two pints of excellent apple butter. Does it require longer cooking. Followed recipe as printed. Used a six qt. crock pot and gala apples.

    • Krista September 23, 2016, 5:47 am

      As you probably found out, the type of apple you use, and the condition and size of your crock pot matters. If it doesn’t set up, that means the waters had a high water content, or your crock pot doesn’t run as hot as mine (very plausible – crock pots can be like ovens – temps vary). Just leave the mixture in there until the liquid is gone – but it sounds like your trouble shot it well!

  • Tina Jockisch September 15, 2016, 3:58 pm

    I made this apple butter recipe…I put mine in a Water bath.. how long does it take to setup?

    • Krista September 23, 2016, 5:46 am

      It depends on your heat and your size of pot – but, most of the time 10 min. in a water bath. Good luck!!!!

  • Shelly October 26, 2016, 6:12 pm

    I’m very intrigued as I, too, am fascinated by the Amish! I stop by their booths at the markets every chance I get, love the pickles! I’ve done some apple butter crockpot recipes, but have never seen one that adds any liquid – I’m concerned that the cider will make it too runny. I guess you haven’t found that to be the case?

    • Krista October 30, 2016, 3:50 pm

      Hi Shelly! Some people have if their crock pot is not hot enough or the apples are a really high water content. I use Jonagold apples and it works great.

  • Jessica January 8, 2017, 4:12 am

    I used Red and Golden Delicious the first time. Now I am using Rome and Golden Delicious. Wish me luck!

    • Krista April 4, 2017, 7:50 pm

      Way to go Jessica! Isn’t it delicious?

  • Kelly January 11, 2017, 8:16 pm

    I don’t know if I have that many jars to put it in and I live by myself. Can I half the recipe and still use a 5 – 6qt. crock pot?

    • Krista April 4, 2017, 7:50 pm

      Yes you absolutely can half the recipe. Good luck!

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