It’s harvest in apple country which means more apples than we know what to do with so of course instead of letting them go bad, we make things. Things that you can easily make in large batches and things that are great for gifting. One of my favorites is Slow Cooker Apple Butter for two reasons: a) it’s easy, like 4 ingredients and I don’t even have to be around to make it easy, and b) it makes a lovely gift that pretty much anyone would love to receive.
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
10 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks (about 2 1/2 pounds) – *tip* use one of these handy devices for peeling & coring to make this task much easier. This one that I have can be picked up for about $10 on Amazon.
Combine all ingredients in a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 12-14 hours or until apples are very tender. Let cool and transfer to jars or storage containers of your choice. You can refridgerate or to keep longer apple butter also freezes well. We enjoy ours on toast or peanut butter sandwiches, but it also goes great on waffles, pancakes, biscuits, etc.