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
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.
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!
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!?
Now add my Sweet Spiced Apple Butter in a basket with Amy’s bread – YUM!
Don’t forget to enter the HIP HOSTESS Merri Mixer apron GIVEAWAY going on right now! Winner announced on Friday this week.