QUICK AND EASY APPLE BUTTER RECIPE
TRUTH: I have only had apple butter twice in my life. I had actually forgotten about it until I had a large bag of apples that I was afraid would go bad a couple of weeks ago. There was no way we were going to be able to eat all of them without some spoiling, so I started recipe brainstorming. I had already baked too many desserts that week (and my waistline wasn’t ready for another one), so I immediately ruled out pies, tarts and cobbler. That’s when it hit me, an apple butter recipe! It would go perfectly on homemade dinner rolls, which is one of my husband’s favorite side dishes. However, I had never made it before, so I started researching and experimenting. A majority of the recipes I looked up made very large batches, had spices that I didn’t have on hand and took hours to make; so I came up with a quick and easy version that I could have ready by the time my rolls finished baking. This apple butter recipe is also just enough for one jar, so it’s perfect for those extra apples you buy that you know you won’t eat before they expire.
*A quick note. To make this recipe faster, I skipped some of the long heating and refining steps that make the consistency smoother and thicker; so this recipe is not quite like traditional apple butters, but still has that great apple butter taste that is delicious on rolls and bread.
Yields Approximately 1 small jar
A quick apple butter recipe that you can make with leftover apples. Fills approximately one small mason jar, no canning, no fuss, just a quick treat!
5 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- 1.5-1.75 lbs apples (I used about 5 red apples, but gala, honeycrisp and braeburn are great too)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup vinegar (if you are boiling vs steaming)
- Wash, peel and cut apples into 1/2 inch pieces (core and seeds removed, this helps them cook faster).
- Steam apples (about 15-20 min in my baby food steamer).
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil with 1/4 cup vinegar, add the apples, then reduce to simmer and cook until soft, but not turning to mush in the water.
- Preheat oven to 275° (if using oven option below).
- Remove apples and pour into a food processor or baby food maker. Add sugar, spices and salt, then pulse until relatively smooth (about the consistency of apple sauce).
- Put contents of food processor into an oven safe sauce pan or pot. Cook on on medium heat on the stove, uncovered and stirring often, until sugar is totally dissolved and the mixture is starting to thicken slightly (about 15 minutes).
- Then put the whole pot in the oven and cook for an additional 30-60 minutes (optional).
- Voila, your apple butter will be ready before your rolls are!
*If the mixture starts to bubble on the stove, reduce heat slightly to keep the sugar from burning.
**You can cook on the stove over medium low heat, stirring often, for an additional 15 minutes instead of putting it in the oven to thicken and soften apple butter more.
***The extra time in the oven helps it to continue to thicken and gives it more of that baked apple flavor, but if you are in a pinch, skipping the oven step is still a yummy option!
SOME EQUIPMENT I USED FOR THIS RECIPE