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Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Apple Butter

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The name of this recipe, Salted Caramel Apple Butter, tells you everything you need to know about it. This is your new fave.

As far as I’m concerned, you can’t have too many recipes that have apples as the main ingredient. Not kidding. If you gave me 10 bushels of apples, I’d find a way to use every single one. (Except the ones with worm holes!)

I’d definitely make Snickers Apple Salad. Have you tried it? If not, you must. It’s easy and such a good, quick recipe for a get-together. For sure Mason Jar Lid Mini Apple Pies is another. They’re so cute, it’s almost ridiculous!

Salted Caramel Apple Butter

I’m always surprised at how many people have never tried apple butter. Have you? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Think of it as applesauce that’s thick and rich and smooth and super flavorful.

We use regular apple butter on toast and biscuits. But this particular recipe? I have to say that Salted Caramel Apple Butter kicks it up a notch. Maybe 10 notches, now that I think of it.

Serving Salted Caramel Apple Butter

The next time you’re planning any sort of dessert bar, a few pretty glass containers of this stuff and you open up a whole new way to think about dessert.

I suggest chunks of plain pound cake to spread it on. You might even want to toast some.

You should also try some plain scones, and what about some churros? Oh my gosh, y’all. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

This is also great to put in Jars for gifts. We used 4 oz glass jars with lids.

The caramel sauce is everything.

Wait until you taste this! Warm, homemade caramel sauce is (in my opinion) the twist in this recipe that makes it exceptionally good.

Made with maple syrup, brown sugar, and unsalted butter, it makes these little pots of apple gold good to the last spoonful.

Want to pick your own apples?

If it’s apple picking time where you are, but you aren’t sure where to go, this may help. Visit 29 Best Apple Picking Farms and Orchards Across the Country. It’s a great resource.

Salted Caramel Apple Butter is an amazing Fall recipe that is amazing on toast and biscuits.
5 from 5 votes
Servings: 7 (4 ounce Jars)

Salted Caramel Apple Butter

Ingredients

Ingredients:

Apple Butter Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs Gala apples peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 C apple juice 100% unsweetened juice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp all spice

Caramel Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 TBSP packed brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 TBSP heavy cream
  • Slow cooker
  • Food processor
  • heavy skillet
  • whisk

Instructions

Directions:

Apple Butter Directions:

  1. Prep the slow cooker with a coat of cooking spray.
  2. Add the apples, apple juice, and all of the spices in the slow cooker.
  3. Put on the lid.
  4. Turn on high cooking for an hour.
  5. Turn off the cooker.
  6. Add a third of the stewed apple mixture to the food processor or use a immersion blender. Continue to blend until the apples are smooth.

  7. Repeat the process until all of the stewed apples are blended.
  8. Pour the mixture back in the in the slow cooker.
  9. Turn the slow cooker on low and continue to cook for 6-8 hours. (The apple mixture will be about half of what it was.) Set aside.

Caramel Sauce Directions:

  1. Add the maple syrup, butter, and brown sugar in the skillet and cook on medium to high heat.
  2. Begin to whisk the butter, syrup, and brown sugar continuing until the mixture has thicken and is bubbly.
  3. Continue whisking while adding the salt and heavy cream. (1-2 minutes) Remove from the heat.

  4. Slowly stir in caramel sauce to the apple mixture.

  5. Set aside to allow to cool.
  6. Scoop into 4 oz lidded jars.

Nutrition Facts
Salted Caramel Apple Butter
Amount Per Serving (7 4 ounce jars)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 156IU3%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes…

I am sure this apple butter can easily be preserved and canned using the hot water bath method, though I have no tried this yet myself.

Use this tutorial from Ball as a guide.

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63 comments

  1. This looks amazing!! 
    Do you leave the peel on the apples? 

  2. How many jars (and what size jars) of apple butter does this make?

  3. When are the apple butter and caramel sauce mixed together? Are they supposed to be blended together before putting into jars? 

  4. Can this be canned for later use ?

    • I am sure this apple butter can easily be preserved and canned using the hot water bath method, though I have no tried this yet myself.
      Use the tutorial linked in my post from Ball as a guide.

  5. Hi Jill.  In the list of ingredients you say cream.  In the recipe you say milk.  Are you meaning heavy cream or something else?  This looks amazing!    Thanks

  6. Keep it in fridge? How long is it good?

  7. I am confused about mixing the caramel with the apples, at what stage does this happen? Do you make the caramel and add into apples at the end of cooking

    • You add the caramel mixture to the apple mixture at the end. I updated and made this clear in the directions. Thanks.

  8. I would love to try this! Do you peal the apples?

  9. How long will this keep refrigerated? And to clarify, once the caramel mix is made, you mix it into the apple mixture? 
    Thankyou!

    • It will stay good in the fridge for about a month. Yes, the caramel and apple mixture combines at the end. I updated the recipe to make sure that is clear. Thanks.

  10. Do you combine apple sauce and caramel at the end? I assume caramel sauce step 4 should say apple sauce instead of caramel?

  11. How many jars does this recipe make? Also, can you preserve this using a canner and a water bath?

    • I am sure this apple butter can easily be preserved and canned using the hot water bath method, though I have no tried this yet myself.
      Use the tutorial linked in my post from Ball as a guide.

  12. approximately how many oz does this make?

  13. What kind of kids would I use

  14. About how many jars does this make. It looks amazing. 

  15. Looks delicious! How many jars will this recipe make?

  16. How many 4 oz. jars would this make for gifts? 

  17. Can you hit water bath this like other apple butter to keep linger instead of in the fridge? 

  18. How many 4 ounce jars does this make?

  19. Might have missed it, but how much does this recipe yield, and any apples other than gala recommended.. thinking maybe Granny Smith?????

  20. Approximately how many jars does one recipe fill?

  21. I made this using pears because I have them in abundance.   I reduced the apple juice to 3/4 cup because the pears were so juicy that I already had some liquid and I also used some fruit fresh.  We like this “pear butter.”

    • I was thinking of using pears and apples I have pears in abundance also. I have made apple\pear butter it’s great so thinking I would try . I will be canning.

  22. This sounds AMAZING! How many 4 oz jars will I need? If it said, I guess I missed it.

  23. Can you can this like you would apple sauce? Or does the caramel sauce make that unsafe?
    Thanks

    • I am sure this apple butter can easily be preserved and canned using the hot water bath method, though I have no tried this yet myself.
      Use the tutorial linked in my post from Ball as a guide.

  24. COULD YOU USE AN IMMERSION BLENDER INSTEAD OF THE FOOD PROCESSOR?

  25. Can this be canned and if so can you explain thank you?

  26. This looks fantastic can this recipe be canned? If yes what are the directions thank you?

  27. Can this be safely canned rather than refrigerated? If so, what would be rhe processing time in a water bath?

    • I am sure this apple butter can easily be preserved and canned using the hot water bath method, though I have no tried this yet myself.
      Use the tutorial linked in my post from Ball as a guide.

  28. Can this be safely canned rather than refrigerated? If so, what would be the processing time in a water bath?

  29. Is this recipe okay to can, as with regular apple butter?

  30. Do you process the filled jars to get a seal?

    • I am sure this apple butter can easily be preserved and canned using the hot water bath method, though I have no tried this yet myself.
      Use the tutorial linked in my post from Ball as a guide.

  31. How long will this last in the jars?

  32. It’s not a good idea to can untested recipes. This recipe should be kept refrigerated or frozen.

  33. Thank mom made the best apple butter I am going to try sometime .

  34. I wouldn’t try canning this with the cream in it. Maybe stir it in after opening a jar
    . Check with your state or county extension department. It would probably be safe, but therein is such a small amount of cream it could probably be left out without changing the flavor.

  35. Can this recipe be doubled & done at the same time? Also can you use salted butter & omit the salt in the recipe?

  36. We canned apple butter all the time when I was kid. Worked beautifully.

  37. Is the caramel mixture added to reduced apple mixture right before placing in jars?

  38. after it is done does it need to be refrigerated or just put on shelf?

  39. Just made this. Smells great and so easy to make. Giving the jars to friends at a party on Sunday. A great way to share the “ber” month!