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Spiced Apple Butter Recipe


  • 4 pounds of cooking apples quartered, but NOT peeled or cored -- Granny Smith or Fuji are good choices
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups sugar adjust based on the sweetness of the apples you use
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp grated cloves
  • grated rind and juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. Place the quartered apples in a large pot on the stove with the water, vinegar, and apple juice. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer, simmer 20 minutes or until apples are soft. (NOTE: This step can be made in a slow-cooker)
  2. Using a food mill, work the apple mixture through the mill and into a large bowl. Add sugar, spices, and lemon.
  3. Cook, uncovered, in a wide shallow pan, stirring occasionally to make sure there is none of the mixture sticking to the bottom. Cook this way for 1-2 hours, until the mixture has thickened.
  4. Can, freeze, or use immediately. Store the opened jars in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

To can Apple Butter, simply place in pints and half-pints leaving 1/2 inch headspace and process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes.