Apple Butter; How To Make It And Ways To Devour It


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Apple Butter; How To Make It And Ways To Devour It

October 10, 2023
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Apple Butter; How To Make It And Ways To Devour It

There’s something truly captivating about the rich, caramelized flavor of spiced apple butter. It’s a quintessential condiment for fall that has truly stood the test of time. So we thought it was about time we shared all things apple butter; how to make it, and the delicious ways we like to serve it.

Apples have a storied history in the United States, grown in all 50 states but commercially prospering in just 36. With California as the 5th largest producer of apples nationwide, it’s no surprise that apple-related recipes are a hit among locals. Out of the many apple recipes that have made their mark, one stands out in particular: Apple Butter.

A Brief Dive Into the Golden State’s Apple Orchards

Before we dive into the heart (or should I say core?) of the matter, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of California apples. While places like the Pacific Northwest may get the limelight for their apple production, upper Northern California isn’t far behind. Perfectly suited for Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Cripps Pink, the region comes alive with apple orchards during the harvest season, which spans from July to October.

We love apples so much that we gathered all our favorite apple recipes in one place. Click on the link below to read more about California apples and apple recipes.

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20 Amazing Apple Recipes That Will Change Your Life!

There are literally hundreds of thousands of apple recipes on the internet, so how do you know which ones are actually worth trying?! There is nothing worse than when a recipe fails, especially when you’ve invested lots of time and money on groceries. That’s why we’ve teamed up with some of our most trusted California Grown Creators to bring you over 20 no-fail, delicious apple recipes that you will make again and again!

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Is Making Apple Butter From Scratch Hard?

The answer might surprise you: No, it’s not. But the magic lies in choosing the right ingredients and having a tad bit of patience. With a slow cooker and some fresh California apples, the process becomes incredibly straightforward. In essence, it’s about letting the slow cooker do the heavy lifting.

Dress Up Your Meals: Devouring Your Apple Butter

Apple butter isn’t just for toast. Here are a few ways to incorporate this delectable spread into your meals:

  • Breakfast Pancake Topping: Swap out the maple syrup for apple butter.
  • Yogurt Parfait: Layer with granola, yogurt, and a generous dollop of apple butter.
  • Sandwich Spread: Add a layer to your PB&J or turkey sandwich.
  • Cocktails: Apple butter and sauces make for great cocktails that are super easy to make and always a huge hit!


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Apple butter in a jar being served on toast

Spiced Apple Butter

Meg van der Kruik
Savor the essence of fall with our luscious Apple Butter—a blend of tart Granny Smith apples, warm spices, and a touch of sweetness, with the unique addition of prune puree as a natural sugar substitute.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Chill time 2 hours
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1 quart
Calories 992 kcal


  • 2 pounds Granny Smith Apples
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup prune puree
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon clove
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Peel, core, and dice apples. Place in slow cooker with remaining ingredients and stir well. Cook for 10 hours on low.
  • Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Apple butter can be stored refrigerated for up to five days in an airtight container.



Any variety of apples will work for this recipe. I used Granny Smith apples because the tartness balances well with the prune puree and their firm texture gives the final product a silky smooth texture.


Calories: 992kcalCarbohydrates: 260gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 2352mgPotassium: 1376mgFiber: 26gSugar: 216gVitamin A: 836IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 136mgIron: 2mg
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This article and recipe were written by Meg van der Kruik. Photo credit Becky Sue Wilberding for California Grown.

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How to Make Prune Butter

Try this easy recipe for prune butter from California Prunes. Then use it to fill doughnuts, cookies and cakes, or top pancakes, toast or yogurt. It’s so delicious!

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