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Sage Apple Butter

Yield: 1 pint
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 hrs
Total Time: 10 hrs 20 mins
This apple butter has all of the best flavors of autumn and winter with warm ingredients like brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. I make it in a slow cooker so it's super easy and hands-off!


  • 3 lbs apples, peeled, cored, and diced into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bunch sage
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Place the apple chunks in a slow cooker. Stir in the brown sugar, white sugar, and salt. Place the cinnamon stick and sage in the slow cooker. Cover, and set to low for eight hours.
  • After about eight hours, check the apples. They should be broken down and releasing juices. Remove the sage leaves and cinnamon stick. Discard the sage and set the cinnamon stick aside. Using an immersion blender (or regular blender*), puree the apple butter until very smooth.
  • Add the vanilla extract and cinnamon stick to the apple butter and stir well. Cover and cook for another two hours on high, stirring occasionally, until dark brown and thickened. You can cook it longer for thicker apple butter. Remove the cinnamon stick and discard. Cool the sage apple butter and store in jars in the fridge for up to two weeks.


* If you're pureeing the apple butter in a regular blender, be sure to leave some space at the top so it doesn't explode. After you blend it, pour it back in the slow cooker to finish cooking.
For this recipe, I like to use an even mix of Fuji, Golden Delicious, and Honeycrisp apples.
Before making the butter, taste your apples. If they are exceptionally sweet, reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup.
Cuisine: American
Course: Sauces
Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 51kcal, Carbohydrates: 13.3g, Protein: 0.1g, Fat: 0.05g, Sodium: 31mg, Potassium: 42mg, Fiber: 0.9g, Sugar: 12g, Calcium: 5mg
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