Crock Pot Caramel Apple Butter

 
Make a batch of delicious caramel apple butter in a crock pot! Crock pot apple butter is a cinch to make and a great way to preserve apples this fall.

Caramel Apples in a Crock Pot

I love caramel apples. However, I do not love the mess they make when 1) making them, 2) eating them  and 3) cleaning up after eating them. I should say that the apple is my favorite part, but I’m not going to lie…the caramel is. Yep, I love me some caramel. I am one of those gals that will eat all of the chocolate covered caramels in a box of assorted chocolates first. Thank goodness they’ve come up with an option for caramel only 🙂

I’ve see tons of recipes out there for apple butter in a slow cooker as well as caramel in one. So why not combine the two for a fantastic, seasonal spread to adorn my morning toast? Cooking apple butter in a crock pot is easy. You seriously just put all the ingredients in the pot, turn it on and wait a few hours; the waiting the the hard part.

Make a batch of delicious caramel apple butter in a crockpot!  Crockpot apple butter is a cinch to make and a great way to preserve apples this fall.

Best Apples for Cooking

Not all apples are suited for cooking. The key is texture. Cooking apples have a balance of sweet and tart flavor and hold up without turning into complete mush when baking. As far as apple butter goes, you are aiming to turn the apples into “mush” but the apple still needs to retain some texture.  I used Rome apples in my recipe.

Some good types of cooking apples include:

  • Baldwin
  • Braeburn
  • Cameo
  • Cortland
  • Empire
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Honeycrisp
  • Honey Gold
  • Jonagold
  • Jonathan
  • Melrose
  • Mutsu (Crispin)
  • Northern Spy
  • Opalescent
  • Orin
  • Pink Lady (Cripps Pink)
  • Rome
  • Rhode Island Greening
  • Winesap

Make a batch of delicious caramel apple butter in a crockpot!  Crockpot apple butter is a cinch to make and a great way to preserve apples this fall.

Cooking Tips

You’ll need enough apples to fill your crock pot to the brim. As the apples soften and cook down, the volume will decrease as they settle. It took about 14 medium to large apples to fill my 6 quart crock pot. The beauty of making apple butter is that is it very forgiving. You add more or less spices and sugar to taste without affecting the outcome very much. You just let the apples continue to cook until it reaches your desired consistency.

Make a batch of delicious caramel apple butter in a crock pot! Crock pot apple butter is a cinch to make and a great way to preserve apples this fall.

I do recommend investing in a apple peeler corer slicer, especially if you are like me and buy apples by the bushel! It’s worth it.  As far as using a fresh vanilla bean pod and adding the spiced rum, those are optional . It does add a depth of flavor that really helps bring out the rich caramel flavor, but again if add it if you want.

If you plan to process your apple butter for storage, follow the National Center for Home Food Preservation’s recommendation of sterilizing your canning jars. I leave the apple in the crockpot to stay hot while I sterilize the canning jars and heat up my canning pot.
Make a batch of delicious caramel apple butter in a crock pot! Crock pot apple butter is a cinch to make and a great way to preserve apples this fall.

Serving Suggestions

The caramel flavor really come through in this recipe.  Slather the butter on toast, muffins, biscuits.  Dollop a bit on top of vanilla ice cream for a special treat. Heck, I often eat it by the spoonful right out of the jar! Make a few extras: they make a perfect fall gift!

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3 thoughts on “Crock Pot Caramel Apple Butter

  1. Just delicious!! I don’t think I had as many apples because I only ended up with 3 half pints but I also let it cook down a lot. I like a very deep, brown apple butter. I have tried many recipes and this is my favorite one by far. Making another batch right now!

    1. Hi Dena,

      There are no added caramels to the apple butter. The sugar caramelizes as the it cooks in the apple butter giving it a caramel flavor (caramel is sugar that has been cooked until it browns). I hope that helps. Thanks for reading.

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