Crane’s crock pot apple butter

Crane’s crock pot apple butter


  • 10 to 12 medium apples
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • Two 2-inch sticks of cinnamon (or 2 tsp. ground cinnamon)
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced (or 1 tsp. ground ginger)
  • 3 allspice berries (or ½ tsp. ground allspice)
  • 2 whole cloves (or ¼ tsp. ground cloves)
  • 1 ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar


Step 1. Wash the apples but do not peel or core them. Cut them in half.

Step 2. Put into a crockpot and add the cider and spices. Cook on high for 2 hours or until apples are soft.  

Step. 3. Remove from crockpot, take out and discard the whole spices, and run the apple pulp through a food mill or a sieve. (If you prefer chunky apple butter, just remove the spices.) 

Step 4. Return the sauce to the crock pot. Add the white and brown sugar and stir to mix.  Cook on low for another 3 to 4 hours or until the sauce is thick and not runny.  

Makes 4 cups. Will keep for weeks in the refrigerator in a covered container. 

Laura Bale and Rebecca Crane, owners of
Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant