Sweet Spiced Apple Butter-Easy to Give!

Sweet Apple Butter

There’s nothing quite like a memorable homemade gift at Christmas that just makes me smile.

Last week I made something easy that anyone can make, especially if you have a slow cooker.

I made Sweet Spiced Apple Butter. Turn the Christmas music on, add the ingredients into your slow cooker and cook all day, and then get going on your other projects or chores around the house. By the end of the day, the apple jam is ready to jar, and a perfect gift idea.

Sweet Spiced Apple Butter
12 cups applesauce (I made my own, but you can also use out of a jar)
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
6 T. balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup butter (+ 1/4 cup for later)
3 T. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cloves
4 tsp. vanilla

Apple Butter ingredients

Combine applesauce in the slower cooker, along with sugar, vinegar, 1/2 cup butter, cinnamon, salt and cloves. Cover; cook on LOW for 8 hours.

Apple Butter

Stir in remaining 1/4 cup butter and vanilla. Cool completely.

I canned pint size jars to give away, but if you want to wait until the week of Christmas, fill the jars (just skip the canning process) and make sure and put an expiration date on each jar!

Apple Butter jars

YUMMY. Homemade treats are the best, wouldn’t you say?

Do you plan on making anything homemade this season? Or, if you’ve already finished I’d love to hear your gift ideas!?

Pop over to Amy’s at Mom Advice, as you will so appreciate her site. Especially this post, Gifts you can Make, all about baking quick holiday breads for special gifts.

Now add my Sweet Spiced Apple Butter in a basket with Amy’s bread – YUM!

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  1. My family loves apple butter & I had no idea this was something I could actually make myself. Doing it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. I’m making cookies cookies and more cookies. And some candy and a few other items.

  3. Dumb question – when you say “slow cooker,” do you mean a crock pot?

  4. I am making Hot cocoa mix and cinnamon butter this year!

  5. What would the expiration date be on an uncanned batch be? How long can you keep it?

    • Hi Melissa,
      Unpreserved jam means that although you may put it in jelly jars, it is has not been preserved, and therefore needs to stay in your fridge. I’d personally keep in in the fridge for up to 60 days, but you can put an expiration date of 30 days if you wish. :)

  6. That sounds wonderful, especially since we can skip the canning process. I have perfect pound cakes in the oven as we speak to send to my son’s voice teachers. Also want to do something special for neighbors.

  7. this is a great idea in theory, but i would find it difficult to part with a single jar! :)

  8. I’m doing a bit of baking but not enough to give away! Hopefully next year I will do more homemade gifts. No time with vacation just ending!

  9. That is next on my list of things to make. The neighbors are going to LOVE me. I made homemade kahlua this year and some handmade scarves. Easy on the budget and who needs more “stuff” anyway?

  10. Yummy…apple butter. My friend makes pumpkin butter and it is great too…

    I am making Cakes in Jar, picture frames (love Modge Podge!), treasure boxes for the kids, scarves, and paper bead key chains (hopefully). I was feeling very ambitious…well see if the key chains get made.

  11. YUMMY!! I made pumpkin butter one year and it was a hit as a hostess gift. I will have to add this to my inspiration folder for next year!! Love this idea and the shortcut with the applesauce too :)

  12. I would love to make this with the homemade applesauce… what’s your recipe for that? (Though I’m sure you just concoct it on the fly…)

  13. Great idea! Looks good too, might have to try this one. Thanks for sharing it.

  14. Hi Sandy,
    This looks great, but I’ve got a bit of an odd question – what do you do with apple butter? Do you spread it on toast or use it in cooking, I’ve never heard of it before.

  15. Hi Sandy, this is awesome and we just got a slow cooker which i have barely used. ok I am new at all of this, but what is the canning process? If I just put it in jars with an exp date of 30days will that be ok? Thinking of making this over the weekend for my co-workers. Thanks!

    • Yes, once opened it needs to be refrigerated, and you can put an expiration date on it if you wish.

      Go to a canning website if you want canning details, you have to follow directions very carefully. :)

    • Hmm ok, yeah the exp date sounds much easier haha! Thanks Sandy!

  16. This looks yummy! I will have to try it!

  17. This is a great idea! I’m definitely going to try it!

  18. For Hunter’s classmates, I filled small plastic bottles with skittles (peanut allergies in his class), he added Christmas stickers to the lid and the bottle, ribbon around the neck, then put in a cellophane bag with shred paper and a pretty bow.

    For my neighbors I’m making them pans of cinnamon rolls. Yum. They will get them on Christmas Eve, I think.

  19. Love this! I am a big fan of anything in the slow cooker. I shared a link to this on my blog today…wanted to be sure all my friends didn’t miss this great idea!

  20. I made 17 dozen cookies last week and this weekend I’m baking loaves of cranberry/nut bread and banana bread. I also cooked up a big batch of chili to share with DD’s family as they are going to be extra busy with the kids activities. Your apple butter sounds wonderful! I’ll try it after the New Year…might be just the thing for Valentine’s Day.

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  22. have lots of apple would like to cook on stove top. How long over med heat would you say i would need to cook.

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  24. Thanks Sandy, I’ve been making unsweetened applesauce this week and was planning to look up an apple butter recipe next. Then getting the dehydrator out to dry apples. Any butternut squash tips?

  25. I’ve been canning homemade apple butter for a couple of years and love it. It makes for a nice gift. Thanks for sharing.

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