Amanda Amanda is a married 30-something with three kids. She previously worked full-time as a clinical social worker in a homeless shelter for young mothers. She earned her masters degree while commuting to school and learned to share parenting and conflicting parenting styles with her husband. Now she is learning to manage her career, marriage, kids, and personal time. Amanda is also a writer, a continuously-trying-to-start-again runner, reader, cook, novice pianist, terrible housekeeper, and amateur juggler. She hates laundry. Contact Amanda by emailing

Fall in my neck of the woods is apple season. Fresh apples fill the stores and apple baked goods and treats are an annual tradition.

This year, I decided to change things up and make apple butter instead of the usual applesauce. It’s thicker, richer, and goes amazingly with homemade bread or on its own.

I got out my Crock Pot, prepared the apples, and now my house smells FANTASTIC. I can’t wait to taste it.

Apple Butter Recipe


6 lbs. McIntosh apples (or any applesauce apple)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla


1. Peel and cut apples into similarly sized pieces.

2. Measure out sugar and spices into bowl and mix.

3. Place apples into 6-quart slow cooker.

4. Pour sugar and spice mix over apples.

5. Mix well.

6. Cook for 10 hours on low.

7. After 10 hours, remove lid and add vanilla. Cook for another 2 hours.

8. Mash or use immersion blender to mix, and then serve.

This apple butter keeps in the fridge for two weeks, or you can freeze it.

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Category: Fall

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