This is the perfect recipe to make when you need to put your glut of fresh-picked apples to work during fall. Apple butter is one of those diverse condiments that often gets overlooked—but it shouldn’t. It’s equally at home on a slice of toast as it is spooned over a bowl of ice cream. If you’re planning to gift jars of this sweetened spread, why not include serving suggestions? That way your hard work won’t languish in anyone’s fridge.

Dawn Perry


Credit: Max Kelly

Recipe Summary test

45 mins
45 mins
4 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high. Add apples, brown sugar, water, lemon juice, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium low, and cook, partially covered, until apples are very soft, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Uncover and cook, stirring and mashing with a potato masher, until apples are saucy. Continue to cook, stirring and mashing often, until mixture thickens and turns a rich brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Let cool slightly and transfer to resealable containers. Apple butter will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

116 calories; fat 2g; saturated fat 1.2g; cholesterol 5.1mg; carbohydrates 25.7g; fiber 0.8g; sugars 23.8g; protein 0.2g; sodium 25.5mg.