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Red Hot Apple Butter Recipe a part of #CCBG October Challenge

Homemade Red Hot Apple Butter is really easy to make in the slow cooker. It just takes time, a lot of time. I am all for less work so this simple version by-passes pealing and coring apples and instead uses applesauce. And it tastes wonderful! Next time I will make a bigger batch that is for sure.


I can tell you that if you never taste the Apple Butter, the time spent was still so worth it because the aroma in your house is phenomenal. My daughter kept asking when we could taste it. She wanted it for dinner with rolls, I mean that’s all she wanted for dinner, Apple Butter and rolls.




  • 1 (48 ounce) jar applesauce
  • 2 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon apple pie spice (or allspice)
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 ounces red-hot candies
  • 2tbs apple cider vinegar

The original instructions state this makes 4 - 1 pint jars. Mine actually cooked down to make half as much. I would use the 1/2 pint jars instead.

in the slow cooker, minus the applesauce


Place the first six ingredients into your slow cooker and heat on high for 12 hours. You can stir it a few times but not too much, just let it sit.

After the 12 hours, and if it is thick enough add the apple cider vinegar. If it isn’t thick enough, allow more time for cooking.

canning water bath


Follow your jar instructions for canning. If you intend for the apple butter to sit on the shelf, you will need to follow the directions for sealing your jars.

If you are not going to can the apple butter, it must be kept in the refrigerator.



If you would like a copy of the label I made for the Red Hot Apple Butter, you can download a free PDF version of it here. [free PDF]

October Fall Recipes Challenge

This post is my response to the October Craft Challenge from #CCBG for Fall Recipes. 

Life Beyond the Kitchen   •   Knit Leaves Fall Table 


Home Crafts by Ali    •    Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce


Try it - Like it - Create it   •   Red Hot Apple Butter


My Thrifty House   •    Stuffed Green Pepper Soup


2 Dishing Divas   •   Apple Crisp - Comfort Food Dessert


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I look forward to trying out this recipe and just in time for the holidays! I would love to offer as a gift to friends and neighbors! Thank you for sharing!


I often make apple sauce in the slow cooker, so I'm sure it makes fantastic apple butter too! Love the idea of adding the spicy candies - what a delicious fall treat! Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.


Family secret: My parents loved this, but I never tried it. Please don't throw your apple cores at me! Your recipe sounds delicious, especially with yeast rolls. Yum!


I will have to try this. I have always made my apple butter in the crockpot and started with apples and not apple sauce. The recipe I have doesn't call for vinegar just the apples, spices, sugar apple juice and lots of time!




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