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Spiced Apple Butter

Spiced Apple Butter is a tasty way to put fresh fall apples in abundance to good use. Sugar and spices makes it sweet and homespun, while the cider vinegar, thyme, and bay leaf add depth.

Spiced Apple Butter

This recipe produces an apple butter with a sweet and sour, deep rich flavor
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple, fruit, Gluten-Free, Jam, Jam and Jellies, Jelly, Preserves
Servings: 3 Cups
Calories: 44kcal


  • 8-Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot
  • Food Mill
  • Half-Pint Canning Jars



  • 3 lb. Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cubed (9 cups)
  • 2 cups Apple cider
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • ½ cup Packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. Ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. Freshly grated nutmeg
  • tsp. Ground cloves


  • 2 Sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 Dried bay leaf


  • Combine apples, cider, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a large pot.
  • Tie thyme and bay leaf in cheesecloth and add to pot. Bring apple mixture to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until apples are very tender and start to fall apart, about 30 minutes. Set aside herb sachet. Purée apples in pot using a handheld blender until smooth, then return sachet to pot.
  • Simmer apple butter just until it holds its form when stirred or spread, 1½–1¾ hours, stirring frequently. Discard herb sachet, let apple butter cool to room temperature, then transfer to containers to chill or freeze.

Nutrition Facts

2 servings per container

Serving Size28.3g

  • Amount Per ServingCalories44
  • % Daily Value *
  • Sodium 11mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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