Stovetop Apple Butter

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This stovetop apple butter is the best home air freshener you can buy!

Seriously – stop everything and make this.

It’s combatting the smell of dogs that seem to be more pronounced since it’s humid and wet outside.

The whole house smells like spiced apples, and it’s awesome.

Stovetop Apple Butter

Stovetop Apple Butter

Now that it’s after Labor Day, the summer starts to fade and into my mind comes thoughts of everything fall – leaves turning colors, pumpkins, Halloween, comfort dishes…

Except that last year it was November before it really felt like that. We’ll see what happens this year.

Regardless, I’m making spiced apple butter on the stovetop because I’m craving it.

There are tons of recipes out there for making this in a crock pot. While that was the immediate draw and my full intention behind this dish, I found myself with idle hands and decided to let it cook on the stove. Good move on my part. If I was at work while this thing was cooking, I’d be seriously pissed.

Looking for other apple recipes? Check out my Salted Caramel Skillet Apple Cobbler!

Stovetop Apple Butter

Adapted from Persimmon and Peach

Makes 6 to 7 cups


  • 5 lbs Red Delicious apples – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • pinch of salt

Add chopped apples and water to a large dutch oven and bring to a boil for 10 minutes or until apples are softened.

Puree apples in a food processor so you get a smooth, creamy texture. I pureed half of it in my food processor and then finished it with the immersion blender inside the dutch oven.

Add both sugars, lemon juice and spices and mix well. Bring to a boil while covered, leaving and inch of space open so that air can circulate. Let simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally. It will continue to pop and sizzle, so be careful – one pop of apple puree hit me on the back of my hand and burned!

Test for doneness with either a chilled spoon or plate. If juice runs from the butter, it’s not done yet. If it stays in one place, it’s ready. If it isn’t done, just let it cook for 15 or 30 more minutes and test again.

Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Depending on your apples, you may need to add more sugar.

Add to sterilized jars and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. I had enough for 4 half pints and a pint, with about 1 cup left over for immediate eating. Enjoy on an English muffin or toast. I’m also considering heating it up and using as a sauce with pork chops.

Stovetop Apple Butter

Stovetop Apple Butter

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  • Jen Howes

    I love apple butter but in my new apartment no longer have a crockpot so was very happy to find your recipe!! I didn’t have ground cloves but I stuck whole ones to some apple skin and put that in, turned out great. And my house smells AMAZING now! Thanks!

    • solidgoldeats

      SUPER happy to hear that! Thank you!


    I made this ~ this past weekend. It turned out GREAT !!!! This was my first time at canning. I also just found out that you are from Indy …. I’m from IN too. Thank you for the recipe.

    • solidgoldeats

      You are very welcome! Thank you for taking the time to leave me the comment that you made this. Warms my heart. Go HOOSIERS!!!

  • Ashlee Olsen

    We made this today for a fun Sunday afternoon activity. I have a bottle of food grade Clove essential oil and I used it in place of the ground clove. I was pretty nervous because I wasn’t sure how much to put in. I did 1 drop and it was perfect…thankfully! Anyway…I was glad to find a recipe that didn’t involve a crock pot. Thanks for posting!

    • solidgoldeats

      Hey Ahslee – I’m glad it worked out, and what a cool substitution! Yes, I specifically made this without a crockpot since it seems almost every recipe out there uses one. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Jess Fournelle

    Amazing!!! Used 4 lbs apples, 1 can pumpkin puree, 1 cup of each sugar and voila! I just finished it, tastes amazing!!

    • Jessica Fournelle

      all the other ingredients stayed the same

  • Debbie Johnson

    I have been making apple butter for years and I dont have a “recipe” but yours looks pretty similar to what I do. I have one small suggestion to really get the apple taste, instead of water use apple juice or cider!! Really sends it home and produces a beautiful more red finished product!!

  • c.h.

    This recipe is so easy and very delicious. I have never made apple butter before and I am very pleased with the results. My family loves it! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • c.h.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I made a batch the first of November with apples we picked….so delicious that my family ate it all by the end of Dec. Making another batch today. So delicious on pancakes and in crepes!