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Yummy Homemade Apple Butter Recipe

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I’m a homegrown southern woman, mom to three wonderful kids, and wife to the man of my dreams. I write a lot about motherhood and parenting.


Every August, my daughter and I make homemade apple butter together. It is a family tradition my mom used to do with me as I was growing up, and I now share it with Jade. We have been making apple butter together since she was two years of age.

We go together and pick the best apples at the store, or if we can, we hit up a farmer's market or a u-pick orchard. This year it was the shop. We sit at our kitchen table peeling and slicing apples and talking about times in the past, what she wants to be as she grows up, friends, what is happening in her life, and silly things. It is a time I cherish with my daughter, and she says she looks forward to it every year.

This year on the 26 August, Jade turns 13. It warms my heart to know that even though she is getting older, she still enjoys our time together.

As the smell of apple butter fills my home, it adds a warm comfort that only it brings. I think about when I was young doing the same with my mom and all the memories my daughter and I have made together.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do and that it might start a tradition in your home.

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How Long It Will Take To Make Apple Butter

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

6 hours

6 hours 45 min

makes 4-6 jars

Apples Cooking


What You Need For Apple Butter

  • 10 apples, I like a mix of Fuji, Granny Smith , and other nice cooking apples.
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 lemon, juiced

How To Make Apple Butter

  1. Wash, peel, core, and quarter your apples.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large pot and cook on medium high heat for 1 hour or cook over night in your crockpot.
  3. Stir the mix every 20 minutes or so to prevent burning on the bottom
  4. turn the heat down to low and cook for 4-5 hours, until the apple butter is smooth and thick
  5. After your apple butter is done, you can store it in the refrigerator or process it into canning.

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Jerry Guthrie on June 28, 2017:

Tricia Deed, I think the Author may have been referring to her other article that is specific to the pie

Brenda (author) from Florida on June 27, 2017:

The recipe and instructions are there. I sm not for sure why you can not see them. I'm sorry I will ask hubpages what the problem might be.

Tricia Deed on June 27, 2017:

The written list of ingredients and instructions which I was referring to is the apple butter pie.

Thank you.

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Brenda (author) from Florida on June 25, 2017:

Tricia not sure what you mean there is a recipe on both hubs

Tricia Deed from Orlando, Florida on June 25, 2017:

I will try the apple butter pie recipe. It would be very helpful if you would list the ingredients. Had to review video in order to confirm correct measurement of ingredients.

Cynthia stanley on September 13, 2014:

Thank you! Thank you! Everywhere I went it was crock pots...I have today not tomorrow! I had forgot that it would take that long to cook down. Thought something else was wrong, so I just will work dinner around it. Been 3 decades since I have made any, guess I should have found your site first.

Brenda (author) from Florida on December 10, 2013:

I'm glad you like the recipe Rowdee. i love the way it makes my house smell as well. Your diner sounds so good. I would love the recipe for for the pork roast, it sounds like something my hubby would go nuts over. Thanks for the comment

Rowdee on December 01, 2013:

If you can cook at all you can this. Its absolutely simple and just delicious. My house smells great today. Making some cider too. Roast prok loin stuffed with homemade Italian sausage and Rosemary. Some fresh baked bread and apple butter with it. Roast new potatoes with Rosemary also.

Brenda (author) from Florida on August 26, 2013:

Claudia Tello I never heard of applestroop so I went and googled it. It seems to made from apple juice spices like my apple butter, and lemon. then cooked down to make syrup. I'm sure my apple butter would make a nice replacement, if you really want to applestroop seems to have a good recipe. Thanks for the vote up, and I hope you enjoy the apple butter.

Claudia Tello from Mexico on August 26, 2013:

Since I was a little girl I went with my mom to The Netherlands and enjoyed all the special Dutch treats we didn´t have in Mexico. One of those was “applestroop”, a gooey apple spread that blows my mind. I think your apple butter might be a good substitute for it. Interesting and useful recipe.

Brenda (author) from Florida on August 22, 2013:

msginger let me know how you like it

Mirmana from AMSTERDAM on August 22, 2013:

Like your hub! I will try this recipe soon.

Brenda (author) from Florida on August 17, 2013:


Ceres Schwarz on August 17, 2013:

Interesting hub. The apple butter recipe sounds good. The images look great too.

Brenda (author) from Florida on August 16, 2013:

Let me know how to like it molly. :)

Mary Strain from The Shire on August 16, 2013:

I have some apple trees on my property and this sounds so good...will have to try. Thanks for the recipe!

Brenda (author) from Florida on August 16, 2013:

Thanks I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the share, and vote up.

Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord on August 16, 2013:

Great hub!!! Lovely story and a delicious recipe. Up, across and sharing it. Once again welcome to HubPages!

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