Slow Cooker Apple Butter Recipe & Free Printable Gift Tags

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Food gifts are my fave. This slow cooker apple butter is always a hit! I get so much enjoyment in preparing meals and treats for loved ones. With fall quickly approaching, I am starting to think about all yummy things I can make for hostess gifts and the holidays. Make a big batch of this apple butter and serve in cute jars or decorate with these free printable gift tags for memorable gifts.

A jar of slow cooker apple butter sitting on a counter surrounded by Honeycrisp apples.

Apple Butter Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make this slow cooker apple butter recipe. You can use other apple varieties but Honeycrisp is my personal favorite! They are the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Yum.

  • 2 1/2 cups apples (Honeycrisp, cored & diced)
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch kosher salt


1. In the bowl of your slow cooker/crockpot, combine the apples, apple cider, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, and salt. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours, stirring halfway through cooking.

2. Transfer the apples to a blender and puree until smooth. Return to the slow cooker and cook, on low for 1-2 hours until slightly thickened. Cool and store in glass (Weck) jars in the fridge for up to 1 month. Apple butter may be put in canning jars and processed in hot water bath for 20 minutes.

Download these free printable gift tags that include the slow cooker apple butter recipe to share with others! Add fabric, ribbon, twine or raffia to decorate apple butter jars for easy and unique gifts.

slow cooker apple butter printable gift tags

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