Vanilla Pear butter portioned in a jar.

Crock pot Pear Butter Recipe

This Crock pot Vanilla Pear Butter Recipe is one of the best ways to preserve an abundance of pears. Not to mention they make the perfect hostess gifts.
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword brunch, crock pot pear butter, fruit butter, fruit spread, pear butter, pear butter recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings 32 tablespoons
Calories 22kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 2 ½ pounds ripe pears peeled, cored and cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ½ vanilla bean split lengthwise and scraped to release seeds
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1-2 strips of orange peel
  • pinch of salt


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on the high setting for about 3 -4 hours (Total time will vary based on ripeness of pear).
  • Stir occasionally.
  • When the pears have softened, remove the vanilla bean and the orange zest.
  • With a hand help immersion blender, process the pears until smooth. Alternatively, the cooked pears can be transferred to a food processor, pureed and transferred back to the slow cooker.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for an additional 6-8 hours. The total time will depend on the total moisture of the fruit. The pear butter is done when there is no liquid that seeps out when a teaspoon of the butter is placed on a dish. 
  • Ladle the pear butter into sterile canning jars. Always leave about ¼ inch of head space. Try to remove as many air bubbles as possible.
  • Seal with sterile lids and rings.
  • Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
  • Remove jars from the pot.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Check the lids by pressing on the center of each seal. If it springs back, the jars need to be refrigerated. Otherwise, they can be stored in a cool dark place for about 1 year.
  • Once the jar is opened, it can be stored for about 3 weeks in the refrigerator.



Some helpful hints:
  • I used Madagascar Natural Bourbon Vanilla Beans;
  • This recipe works well with any variety and/or combination of pears;
  • To freeze the pear butter: Allow the pear butter to cool to room temperature; place in containers which are freezer safe (always leave about 1 inch head space) and freeze. They will keep for about 6 months in the freezer. Once thawed and opened, they should be stored in the refrigerator.
Total yield: 2 half pint jars or 2 cups
1 serving = 1 tablespoon
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 
*recipe lightly adapted from


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg