Classic Apple Butter

Two apples and apple butter on a wooden board

Classic Apple Butter is one of those jars of goodness you grab from the store shelves every year without question. Do you know just how simple and easy it is to make? SUPER EASY, I promise. Many of the other recipes out there call for letting you apples simmer for hours on end. I don’t know about you, but I do not have time for that. This quick Classic Apple Butter takes about 1 hour to make and you will have a 16 oz jar of this fall classic ready to go. Check out the recipe below.

Two apples and apple butter on a wooden board

Classic Apple Butter

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 ounces


  • 5 apples of your choice, we used Honeycrisp
  • 2 cups white cane sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Peel, remove core, and dice up the apples
  • In a pot over medium heat add the apples, both sugars, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt. Stir well and let cook 3-5 minutes with the lid on.
  • Remove lid and you should see some of the water now filling the pot from the apples, stir once more, lower heat and let cook with the lid on but not sealed to let some of the steam escape. Let cook 1 hour
  • Remove the apples from the heat and let cool 15 minutes. Pour the apple mixture into a blender and blend until all apple chunks are smoothed out
  • Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
A wooden board with flowers, cinnamon sticks, apples, and a sauce

How do you make the Apple Butter?

Went apple picking and don’t know what to do with all these apples? Let’s start with selecting 5 apples, it doesn’t matter if they have a little bruise or not. Next, peel the apples, remove the core, and dice the peeled apples up so it will breakdown faster. In a pot of medium head add all of the ingredients and let cook for 3-5 minutes with the lid on. Remove the lid and stir, let cook without the lid on for about an hour. Once cooked, remove from the heat to let cool a bit before pouring into the blender and blending until all the apple chunks are smooth and create a butter or paste.

White flowers sitting next to a brown butter and apples on a wooden board

What to use with your Classic Apple Butter

This hearty and tasty fall treat makes some of the best recipes. Many times, Phillip and I will just slab some of this onto toast and enjoy with a cup of coffee. But we like to also add it to grilled cheeses in the fall, it really gives a great sweet undertone. Typically we use sourdough bread, slices of cheddar and gruyere, a slab of apple butter, and a slice or two of prosciutto. This salty and sweet sandwich is one of my fall FAVORITES. Or even added to our Gouda Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup! Not in the mood for grilled cheese, add this to some pastry puff with brie cheese and bake. Serve with crackers and you have a fall appetizer your friends will be drooling over.

How to store your leftovers

We love making a Classic Apple Butter in the fall and using it for the next month or so. Usually after a month you should toss the Apple Butter. But as long as it is stored in an air tight container in the fridge this will stay good for about a month, maybe even 5 weeks. Apple Butter if stored properly can be frozen for up to a year while still remaining good.

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