Appetizers, Snacks, Dips, Salsas, and Spreads: Spreads

1-Hour Apple Pie Apple Butter


  • 14 cups of peeled and cored apple slices, about 10 large green apples (3.5 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup apple cider (apple juice can be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons apple brandy or liqueur such as amaretto
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. In large nonstick (heavy bottomed) saucepan, combine apple slices, apple cider, brandy or liqueur, apple pie spice, sugar, and lemon juice. Begin heating mixture over medium-high heat. Cover saucepan and cook, stirring often with a large wooden spoon, until apples are broken down and like applesauce (about 30 minutes).
  2. Use a potato masher (or the back of a large spoon) to mash up the large pieces of apple, if necessary. Remove the cover and reduce heat to LOW or SIMMER if your stove runs hot. Continue to cook the apple butter, stirring occasionally, until applesauce has turned into apple butter (very thick and dark), about 30 more minutes.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool for about 15 minutes. Spoon apple butter into small, clean, airtight containers and keep for up to 1 month in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer. If you use 1-cup containers, you will fill about 3 to 4 containers.

Makes about 3 cups of apple butter (or 24 servings if 2-tablespoons each)

Nutritional Information:
Per serving: 80 calories, .2 g protein, 20 g carbohydrate, .2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2.2 g fiber, 1 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 2 percent.

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Last Editorial Review: 2/25/2009

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