Super Slow Cooker Cran-Apple Butter

The mushroom competition is officially up and running!  The voting is open through Friday and I’ve placed the link to the poll on the top of my sidebar. Yes, it says “mush” (the button didn’t quite fit right) but just think delicious curried cream of mushroom soup when you click and all will be well.  It’s one vote per person.  Thanks in advance for supporting my mushroom habit!


Last weekend Scott headed out of town with our oldest son to participate in a Y Guides camping event.  I was left to fend for myself with the two younger guys, so we made the decision to head out to the Windy Hill Apple Orchard and make a day of it.

We had a great time.  These guys were wandering all over the grounds and Alex and Drew couldn’t get enough of them; Drew especially thought that if he was just persistent enough, eventually he’d catch one.  Fortunately for the chickens, he never actually did.

The apples we picked were Stayman winesap.  The orchard states they are great for baking and eating.  I can attest that they indeed are.  And to top it off, several of them  were huge!

I didn’t need to think too hard about how I wanted to use these apples.  Every year I like to make a huge batch of apple butter to freeze and to share with friends.  It’s one of my favorite fall activities.  This year I added a few cranberries to the mix and I loved the result!  It added a hint of tartness that really complimented the sweetness of the apple.

I always do my apple butter in the slow cooker and I like to let it cook for at least 12 hours.  I usually put it all in the pot after dinner time and then when I wake up in the morning it’s ready to be spread on bread and canned for friends and family.  Easy Peasy.

If you want to make up your own batch of this yummy spread, here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients Needed:

10-12 Apples, Chopped
3 Cups of Whole Cranberries
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of White Sugar
1 tsp of Cinnamon
1/2 tsp of Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp Cloves
4 Shakes of Salt

Throw it all in your slow cooker and cook it on low for 12 hours.

Here it is after 12 hours of cooking.  Because I added cranberries, I decided to go ahead and emulsify it smooth.

Here is my butter all canned up and ready to be shared.   Grab yourself a jar and enjoy!

I am linking this post up with Hearth and Soul and Tasty Tuesdays.

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Slow Cooker Cran Apple Butter


10-12 Apples, Peeled and Chopped
3 Cups of Whole Cranberries
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of White Sugar
1 tsp of Cinnamon
1/2 tsp of Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp Cloves
4 Shakes of Salt


Throw it all in your slow cooker and cook it on low for 12 hours. Because I added cranberries, I decided to go ahead and emulsify it smooth.

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59 Responses to “Super Slow Cooker Cran-Apple Butter”

  1. 1

    Brenda — October 18, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    Your house must have smelled AMAZING while this was cooking!!!! This looks delicious, I love that you added cranberries too. Yum!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — October 18, 2010 @ 7:52 am

    Such fun pics of your little guys. And this looks like a perfect fall “sharing” recipe!

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    Sanjeeta kk — October 18, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    12 hours is indeed very long wait. But the end result looks tempting to give a try :)

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    Lisa — October 18, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    Love this! I normally make apple butter, so this is one I am going to have to try. Thanks for sharing, Julie.

    Also? The photography on this one is fantastic! Great post!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — October 18, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    Love these gorgeous photos! Voted for your mushroom dish!

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    anne — October 18, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    i do my apple butter in the crockpot as well, but I’ve never added cranberries, hmmmmm, sounsd yummy. I just threw in a batch of apple butter mixed with apricot preserves into a crockpot with a pork loin this morning. I wonder what will happen, hopefully it will turn out yummy! anne

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    Mari's Cakes — October 18, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    Love the photo with the chicken. I also enjoyed this recipe, looks delicious. I have to try it.

    Have a great day :)

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — October 18, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Mmm, sounds delicious :)! Great photos, looks like you had a blast!!!

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — October 18, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Hey Julie, thanks for sharing your recipe! I was just talking to my friend over the weekend about making apple sauce and that I would like to make some. The addition of cranberries sound wonderful.

    I have an award waiting for you at my blog. Do come soon to check it out :)

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    Katerina — October 18, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    First of all I voted for you. Good luck. Second I wish I could grab a jar from your beautiful cran-apple butter. It looks delicious.

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    Ameena — October 18, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

    Can you believe I have never had apple butter? It looks delicious and I am so impressed with how easy it is! I have a slow cooker and most of the ingredients (minus the apples LOL). I might give this one a try!

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    Maranda — October 18, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    I voted! Ummmm…cran-apple butter?? Yes please! Can I be on your Christmas list please!!!! LOL!

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    Rita — October 18, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    Good luck in the challenge.
    I have never had or made Apple butter; this is very tempting. Love the fact that you make it in the slow cooker.

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    Laura in Cancun — October 18, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

    I’ve never had apple butter, but that looks amazing!

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    Chef Dennis — October 18, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

    I love apple butter, the cranberries were such a nice touch! Thanks for sharing your days adventure with us….I love winesap apples!

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    Miranda Merten — October 18, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    Wow, never had the fruit butter like that, but that looks great. I can actually smell it from my computer if you can believe that ;)

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — October 18, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    I adore apple butter. Your house must smell awesome in the morning!

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    Monet — October 18, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    I will be voting for you. Thank you so much for all your kind words and thoughts. Seeing the picture of your sweet little boy and his apples brought a smile to my face. Apple butter is one of my all time favorites.

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    Anna Johnston — October 18, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

    I love this little recipe Julie, so I’ve copied it down to give it a whirl next cookathon out at the farm ;) I just love making preserves when I can get out to the farm, for me preserving food just has to be done on the wood fired combustion stove while catching up with the girls in the family – its our thing :)

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    malia — October 19, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    Julie you are inspiring me to break out the old crockpot! Love this

  21. 21

    Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe — October 19, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    Great flavor combination, can’t wait for cranberries to come on to make this. Thanks.

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    Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! — October 19, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    YUM! Sounds delicious! Visiting from HNS blog hop.

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    girlichef — October 19, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    Oh, I love your addition of cranberries…I’m definitely going to give that a try next time I make apple butter…yum! You have totally made me want to go apple picking now…thank you for sharing this with the hearth and soul hop this week :)

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    Kirby — October 19, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    I love apple butter and this one tops it with the cranberries in it! I have saved this one and can’t wait to make it!!!!
    I’m your newest follower, found you over at girlichef!

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    Emily Z — October 19, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    You clearly had better luck with apple picking than me and my friends did… sigh. Huge fail! Oh well, there’s always next year!

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    Miz Helen — October 19, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    Your recipe looks wonderful. I love making applesauce and apple butter. I will try your recipe really soon.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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    ingrid — October 19, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    I gotcha! I’m off to vote!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — October 19, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    how lovely:) i cant wait to try this out. thanks for sharing.

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    Tanya @ Life in 3D — October 19, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

    I have been looking for a slow cooker apple butter recipe for at least a month! Yay!! I love the idea of cranberries…I might use dried though…wonder if that’ll work!?
    I’m stopping by from Tasty Tuesdays…tried to link my recipe up but the linky was down :(
    Here’s my link if you want to stop by ;)

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    scrapaddict4sure — October 19, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing was looking for somethingelse to do with my slow cooker!
    I thought the cranberries were a nice touch also.

  31. 31

    Cyndi — October 19, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    Can’t wait to try this — thanks for the Twitter notice :)

  32. 32

    Sommer — October 19, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    Hey Julie!

    I never think to make apple butter–what is my problem?!? I actually BUY it! Shameful! Love the twist with the cranberries.

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    Nicole — October 19, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

    Hi, Julie! NC native here, but now I am living in Yankee town:) Just made some apple butter myself! Love the cranberry twist. Already has me thinking about a roast turkey, white cheddar, cranberry-apple toasted sandwich. Yummy!!

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    Nicole — October 19, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

    Hi, Julie! NC native here, but now I am living in Yankee town:) Just made some apple butter myself! Love the cranberry twist. Already has me thinking about a roast turkey, white cheddar, cranberry-apple butter toasted sandwich. Yummy!!

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    rebecca — October 19, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    oh wow lovely day love the chicken picture and love apple butter did you get my voicemail?

    Hugs Rebecca

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    Deb Duchon — October 19, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

    I made a similar recipe a few weeks ago, using pears, from a cookbook published in the 1500’s. In those days, pears were called “wardens”. It came out like apple butter, full of spices – just luscious. It’s interesting to know that we are still eating such similar foods to those of Shakespeare’s time.

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    Erin @ EKat's Kitchen — October 20, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    Man oh man oh man, I love this post of yours! As soon as I click “post comment” I will become your newest follower! Thanks for sharing this — I absolutely love apple butter, and the addition of cranberries must make it just the right level of tart.

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    Christy — October 20, 2010 @ 1:41 am

    What lovely apple butter – what a great idea to add the cranberries – just takes it all up a notch! thanks for sharing this with us at the hearth and soul hop!

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    jami @ freckled laundry — October 20, 2010 @ 1:46 am

    Oh my gosh, Julie. This looks SO delicious. What a great Christmas gift this would make with a cute little jar label. I am making this one. My 30-something husband (who is addicted to PB&J, mind you) had never had apple butter until a few weeks ago and now he’s addicted. He will appreciate this recipe better than the store jars I’ve been buying. Anything that I can put in my crock pot is a favorite.


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    jami @ freckled laundry — October 20, 2010 @ 1:49 am

    Facebooked it.

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    Chaplain Donna — October 20, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    I might be able to pull this recipe off! But who will eat it? Man just when I find something I can handle, darn it!

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    Annie — October 21, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    I make apple butter almost constantly during the Fall and have never thought of adding cranberries. It sounds like a great idea! I also make mine in the slow cooker and it makes it so easy. I have never had a batch burn and it makes the house smell wonderful. I will admit though that one day I hope to get a copper kettle.

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    Jennie — October 21, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    I too, have not yet tried apple butter! This recipe, however, has absolutely inspired me to make it! I love the addition of cranberries! Great pic’s by the way!

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    malia — October 22, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    Julie I featured you gorgeous recipe today…
    xoxo malia

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    Amber — October 22, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    I found your site a few days ago and I AM IN LOVE! :) I am making the apple butter tonight!

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    Amber — October 23, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    I featured your recipe on my blog!

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    Heather — October 24, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    I made this today and it is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing it! It was so easy and SO delicious!

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    Joy — February 2, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    I can’t wait to try this. I have made apple butter in my slow cooker but never with cranberries and this sounds delicious.

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    Lisa — November 28, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    This looks wonderful and I have apples and cranberries that need to be used. My one question is do you do any processing when you can the apple butter? If so, how long in the hot water bath?


    • Julie replied: — November 28th, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

      Hey Lisa,

      I did do processing. I believe I boiled my containers for about 5-10 minutes to sterilize and then filled them, closed them and boiled for another 12 to 15 minutes to seal the tops. Hope that helps!

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    Alysha @Shesontherun — September 27, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    I am so excited to try this recipe! I am making it this weekend. One question: Did you peel the apples? It looks like you did, but I can’t tell :)

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    Jassy — December 1, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    I wish you included how much this recipe yields. I want to get jars and I’m not sure how much or what size I might need. Do you do anything else to the posted recipe before canning it… like fruit pectin…or something?

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