Apple Butter in a large mason jar.

Easy Homemade Spiced Apple Butter

So if you went apple picking and you picked more apples than you know what to do with, why not make this Easy Homemade Spiced Apple Butter?
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apple butter recipe, small batch apple butter, spiced apple butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 26kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 4-5 medium apples cored and chopped into 1-inch chunks (I left the skin on and used a variety of apples)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch allspice
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch salt


  • Place all of the ingredients in a medium sized saucepan.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to lowest setting and cook until apples are soft, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and with an immersion blender, purée until smooth.
  • Continue to cook, uncovered, on the lowest setting. At this stage, make sure you stir every couple of minutes to prevent the apple butter from forming a crust at the bottom of the pot.
  • Cook until thickened. This can take anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on the original water content of your apples. A good test is when the apple butter no longer runs off the spoon.
  • Portion into jars and refrigerate.


This apple butter can be kept refrigerated 2-3 weeks. If you process the jars in a water bath, your apple butter will keep for at least one year.
Slow cooker: Once you get to the step where the apples are pureed, transfer the mixture in a slow cooker, cover, set the heat on low, and cook for approximately 6 hours. Pour into jars and process in a water bath.
1 serving = 1 tablespoon
*recipe lightly adapted from the spruce


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg