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Nutty Apple Butter

Being a New England native, I love apple-picking season. Grab some apples and peanut butter to make your own creamy riff on a PB&J. Of course it’s great on a sandwich, but you can dunk sliced fruit or graham crackers in it, too. —Brandie Cranshaw, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    5 cups


  • 4 pounds apples (about 8 large), peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter


  • In a greased 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 7 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until apples are tender.
  • Whisk in peanut butter until apple mixture is smooth. Cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Health tip
  • Looking to lift your sprits? Including cinnamon in your diet can help increase attention and enhance cognitive processing, which are both mood lifters.

  • Editor's Note
    This recipe was tested with commercially prepared apple butter.
    Nutrition Facts
    2 tablespoons: 43 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.

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    • ienon
      Jun 26, 2015

      i had not thought of adding peanut butter, so will try this fall. I wash my apples good, cut in quarters and take core out then cut once more and cook till they are soft. Then put through ricer. Now I have applesauce and ready to add sugar. I don't add spices till an hour before ready. This saves lots of standing time for me. Nonie