Are you ready for the perfect Fall recipe? Only 3 ingredients (or 2 if you make it sugar free), and your entire house will smell like cinnamon goodness.
This recipe is also super easy to adjust. I tend to make it in smaller batches, but if you want to double or triple it that works too!
8-10 red apples: peeled, cored, and chopped.
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1/4 cup of sugar (Optional)
Plus: Additional water (about 1/2 cup) just so the apples don’t burn.
This recipe is very forgiving. Want to make it sugar free? Great, just leave the sugar out. Want to use more cinnamon or more sugar? Less? Awesome. Customize it however you want. Add nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice. I’m not the boss of you.
This is not a recipe specific to canning, so I do recommend storing this apple butter in the fridge. It’s so yummy it won’t last long anyway, because your entire family is going to gobble it up. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Peel and chop your apples
Step 2: Add all of the ingredients to your crock pot
Step 3: Cook on high, stirring at least once every hour. After about three hours the apples will easily break apart. That’s what you want. Smash them a bit, and keep cooking. We’re going for a very dark, thick applesauce.
Step 4: On hour four or five, the apples will have reduced in size by at least half and the extra liquid should have evaporated. Use a potato masher or stick blender to smooth out the mixture.
Allow it to cool a bit before transferring to jars. Keep refrigerated and use within two or three weeks.
Serve the apple butter however you would regularly use jam. It’s great on toast, biscuits, or sandwiches.
It also makes super easy holiday gifts. And bonus! This also works with peaches and pears. (I’ve heard it works with pumpkin as well, but I have never tried that.)
Let me know some of your favorite fall recipes or traditions here in the comments or on my Facebook page.