Max Kelly
Hands-On Time
45 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
4 cups

This is the perfect recipe to cook with a glut of apples at the end of the 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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

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