Apple butter is one of my favorite things to cook during the fall season. Nothing says It’s Fall better than the scent of simmering apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves filling the house.
Apple butter is a delicious spread for just about anything – especially warm biscuits and toast. Give this easy recipe a try. You’ll slowly cook apples on the stovetop with sugar and spices for a true, old-fashioned apple butter.
I used a combination of mostly Granny Smith apples with a couple of Fuji apples I needed to use up. Tart apples like Granny Smith work really well. I prefer to sweeten the apple butter with brown sugar instead of white sugar. But, either type of sugar will work.
You can easily cut the recipe in half to make a smaller batch. By the way, there’s no need to peel the apples before you cook them. Simply wash, core and chop them up.
Once the apple butter is done, pour it from the pot into 8 ounce canning jars. It’s ready to eat. Keep jars stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months (possibly even longer – but we usually eat ours before that time comes.)
If you are preserving your apple butter for longer term food storage, process the filled jars in a water bath canner according to the manufacturer’s directions. It will have a much longer shelf life if you can it this way. The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving is a great book with detailed directions and recipes for canning just about anything you can think of (perfect for beginners and experts.)
By the way, a jar of homemade apple butter is a wonderful hostess gift idea. Have you ever made apple butter? If you have any questions about this recipe, let me know in the comments below. If you make the recipe, I hope you will come back and let me know how it turned out for you.