Overnight Apple Butter

I love cooking things that make the house smell good. And this recipe really delivers on that front!

This apple butter is made in a slow cooker, which gives it ample time to develop that lovely, caramely apple flavor… and to perfume the kitchen with a heavenly autumnal scent.

The only time-consuming part is peeling, coring and slicing all the apples. Since we have an apple tree, we invested a long time ago in an apple peeler-corer-slicer that makes the process much more enjoyable.

an apple on a red metal peeler-corer-slicer hand-crank tool

This spread is just so good on everything… especially a nice warm slice of fresh sourdough bread. You can even eat it by the spoonful if you want! Promise I won’t tell 😉

Overnight Apple Butter

This delectable spread is packed with warming spices and an irresistible caramelized flavor.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time12 hours
Total Time12 hours 30 minutes
Keyword: gluten free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 7 cups
Author: Alanna Peterson


  • Slow cooker


  • 5 pounds apples
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, optional


  • Peel, core, and slice all the apples.
  • Place peeled apples into slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients.
  • Cook for ~1 hour on high, then turn down to low and cook for 8-10 hours or overnight.
  • Uncover and stir, then continue to cook uncovered on high for about 1 hour more, or until thick enough that a wooden spoon can stand up in it.
  • The apple butter will still be a bit chunky. If you'd like, you can puree it (an immersion blender works great for this job).
  • Ladle into jars. The apple butter can be canned by processing in a water bath for 10 minutes. It also keeps indefinitely in the freezer and for several months in the fridge.


If you have one, an apple corer-peeler-slicer will save you a lot of time on prep for this recipe!

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