Old Fashioned Apple Butter


Old Fashioned Apple Butter

Old Fashioned Apple Butter


20 Macintosh or Cortland apples

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 ½ tbsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cloves

¼ tsp salt

1 tbsp vanilla


Peel apples and cut chunks directly off the core and into a large saucepan.

Cover pan and cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes.  Add sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.  Stir to combine.

Cover and continue to cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and cook another 30-60 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.  To test consistency, place a small amount on a plate.  If no liquid separates from the apple butter, the correct consistency has been achieved.

Stir in vanilla.

If desired, allow to cool for 30 minutes and then use a blender or stick blender to smooth apple butter.


Serving size: 2 tbsp.  60 calories per serving

Hack:  Apple butter will last in the refrigerator for up to 2 months or can be frozen for up to a year.

Hack:  Try making these Apple Butter Muffins or Pork Chop with Apple Butter and Onion!


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4 Replies to “Old Fashioned Apple Butter”

  1. I saw a recipe for apple butter sometime ago, and I followed it closely. I tasted just ok but not exciting. From your ingredients it seems like it needed more spice, the cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon and cloves. I know it had a little but this choice would make it more tasty. Thank you for this recipe. I can try it because I could do something different to have with our crackers and toast.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments.  I find that few people think about “spicing up” their sweets but I love it!  Please let me know what you think of the finished product.

  2. Hello again, Once again you have given me a comfort food recipe that brings back childhood memories. I love apple butter on a fresh hot biscuit in the morning. I was wondering can this recipe be canned or does need to be treated differently? My mom used to can apple butter way back when. Thanks for the recipe I look forward to your next one

    1. Yes, I believe it can be canned.  Unfortunately, I not a canner so I’m unable to give you any advice on the proper procedure.  You should check the website of a company that sells those products (Ball comes to mind here) for instruction on how to do it.  

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