Easy Overnight Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Finished apple butter in a mason jar sitting on a piece of burlap with a wood background.

This overnight slow cooker apple butter is super simple to make and tastes delicious. You may never buy store bought apple butter again!

Finished apple butter in a mason jar sitting on a piece of burlap with a wood background.

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Easy Overnight Slow Cooker Apple Butter

I originally shared this recipe for Slow Cooker Apple Butter back in October of 2013 when I only had one baby and we had an abundance of fresh apples every Fall from our apple tree.

Fast forward seven years and we’ve moved to a new location with no mature apple trees and now have three babies. Oh how time flies.

Anyway, enough reminiscing, this recipe is so easy and delicious and was in dire need of a refresh in order for new readers to discover it’s goodness.

I know it’s not apple season at the moment, but if you find yourself with a few over ripe apples in the refrigerator, then you may want to whip of a batch of this amazing apple butter.

Of course if you’re reading this in the fall, get out that crockpot and start cooking up some of this homemade deliciousness!

My favorite way to eat apple butter is on a homemade biscuit. Mmmmm. It’s seriously like heaven.

I used a 6 qt slow cooker for this recipe, if yours is a different size, you may need to adjust the amount of apples and sugar to fit your needs.

How to Make Overnight Slow Cooker Apple Butter:

Peel, core and slice apples. We used one of these apple peeler, corer, slicers: 

Apple being peeled by a corer, peeler, slicer.

 Put apples and vanilla in slow cooker. Set on low for 8 hours. I left it overnight. 

Slow cooker full of sliced apples.

It should look like this in the morning: 

Cooked apples in the slow cooker.

Mash apples and mix in cinnamon and sugars. Continue cooking another 6 hours. Process in blender for a smooth consistency.

This recipe should make about 6 pints. Using USDA safe canning practices, process in water bath canner for 10 minutes or store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

Cooked apple butter in the slow cooker before blending.

Need more delicious fall recipes? Here are some of my favorites:

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter
Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
Apple Pie Crescent Ring

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Make homemade apple butter in your slow cooker overnight!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time14 hours
Total Time14 hours 20 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Servings: 45
Calories: 78kcal


  • 18 apples (or enough to fill 6 qt slow cooker)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar


  • Peel, core and slice apples.
  • Put apple slices in slow cooker with vanilla.
  • Cook on low 8 hours.
  • Mash apples. Add cinnamon and sugars.
  • Cook on low 6 hours.
  • Process in blender until smooth.


I used a 6 qt slow cooker. You may need to adjust the amount of apples and sugar to fit the size of your slow cooker.


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. That sounds and looks delicious, I made a load of caramel apple jam last week, made the whole apartment smell so lovely while it was stewing!
  2. I made this today. I made a half batch in my regular sized (large) crockpot. I let it cook for 9 hours instead of 8 before mashing it up. That's when I added the vanilla. Because the batch was smaller it was ready in 2 hours after that. It was still a bit wet so I left the lid off while it cooled. That helped a lot. I used this for an almond & apple butter sandwich for lunch- delicious! I love your series and recipe, keep it up! ^_^
  3. I love this, I never knew you could do apple butter in the crock pot! Pinned to try this amazing recipe! That is a lot of apples! I would love an apple tree :-) Saying hello from thrifty Thursday! Cathy
  4. Errrrmagerrrrd! This was amazingggg! I started it this morning, so I'm letting it sit on "Keep Warm" overnight, since there is NO WAY I will stay up to can it tonight. I have been in the kitchen all day, making this apple butter, quarts and quarts of apple pie filling, and dried apples. It has been pretty funny watching my dehydrator, 2 slow cookers, AND the water bath canner going all at once. And there is barely a dent in the tree! Good luck with your apple season and thanks for the delish recipe!!!
    1. I have an apple tree too and I've already made 9 pints of apple butter, 6 quarts of apple sauce, 4 pints of Red Hot cinnamon apples, 7 bags of freezer apple pie filling, 1 load of dehydrated apple rings and 3 gallons of apple cider! And we still have more apples to go! Crazy! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks so much for featuring me!! Have a great weekend!
  5. After the apple butter is canned, how long does it last on the shelf? Most of the recipes I am seeing are calling for the jars to be frozen, but I don't want to keep it in the freezer. Help?!
  6. I can't WAIT to try this recipe!! I never even thought about making this in a crock pot! We get some amazing apple butter when we're home to visit Amish Country in Pennsylvania, I can't wait to see how this compares! Thanks for sharing!
  7. Enjoyed reading your website,great ideas,looking forward to trying your Recipes,can't wait to see what you post next!! Thank you
  8. this sounds so great!! I'm making it this weekend, I noticed the only liquid you add is the vanilla. The apples won't burn on the bottom? Thanks
      1. My 5 quart crockpot was able to hold 4 pounds of apples. I followed the rest of the recipe and I think I got good results. It sure smelled wonderful near the end of the cooking time!
  9. I am SO super excited to try this! We have a huge apple tree that is just over abundant with apples this year! Do you know if this recipe freezes well? I've never canned before, but I will attempt to figure that out if freezing isn't a good option. TIA! Rachel
    1. I have never tried freezing apple butter, but I think it would probably be fine. Search for "Freezer Apple Butter" and see if anything comes up. I freeze apple pie filling so I don't see why you couldn't freeze apple butter.
  10. I made this last night. I feel like it is done but it seems very juicy. Is this normal? Does it need to cook longer or just cool down?
  11. I wish I had this recipe a few weeks back after be went apple picking. Been wanting to make apple butter for ages now, definitely keeping this in my back pocket for next year. Looks super easy & yummy.
  12. My overnight apple butter was great ,my family was amazed I told them I found the recipe on your site. Now my family are always looking for recipes on graceful little honey bee. Thank you so much
  13. The picture looks more like applesauce than apple butter, it's usually a darker brown. My mother and grandmother made apple butter every year, the old fashioned way. I used to make it that way too, but hadn't made any for some time. Then I saw a recipe for crock-pot apple butter and decided to use up about twelve cans of applesauce that I had accumulated. It works great, but you need to vent it. I have a large oval crock-pot, so I laid two chopsticks across it and set the lid on them. It worked great, I don't remember just how long it took, but it should be dark brown. I like to use some brown sugar and plenty of cinnamon, you might even like a bit of nutmeg and/or cloves for added flavor. I'm 72, so I know old fashioned.
  14. What kind of apples?? Different apples are good for different recipes. Some require tart others sweet. I do not see enough information in these recipes.
  15. I loved, loved, loved this recipe! Making it for gifts but also plenty for myself. I like that it only has cinnamon as a spice and vanilla as flavoring. The brown sugar is a nice flavor touch also.

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