Easy Apple Butter

adapted from Southern Living


  • 3 pounds crisp apples like Honeycrisp, Gala, or Braeburn
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves


  1. Peel apples and cut into 1-inch chunks. Bring apples, cider, and 1/2 cup sugar to a rolling boil in a large pot over high heat. Cover, leaving lid slightly ajar and boil 20 minutes until apples are tender; stir every 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer apples and any remaining liquid to a blender (blend in batches if needed) and blend until smooth. Return to the pot; stir in cinnamon, clover, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring often. It should thicken. Cool for about 45 minutes before spooning into airtight containers. Keep in fridge for up to 2 months or freeze for up to 6 months.