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Speedy Apple Butter

After I read an article in Country EXTRA about a church group in Tennessee that made apple butter, I thought I would share a recipe I’ve used for many years. This shortcut version only takes about a half hour to make, and it starts with applesauce. I make my own sauce from the Golden Delicious apple tree in my yard. I hope someone who just wants to remember the taste of “homemade” apple butter, but in a small amount, will enjoy it.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 cups


  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


  • In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

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  • Patti
    Nov 7, 2017

    I mixed it up and put it in a small crockpot. I set it on "high" and left the lid set ajar. I stirred it every half hour or so when I thought about it. After about four hours it had reduced down by about 1/3. I used my stick blender to give it a creamier texture. Great way to use up the large jar of applesauce.

  • shakleemama
    Oct 20, 2012

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  • lanaboswell
    Mar 26, 2011

    easy and i love the fact it makes a small amount. was great on my toast and when used in an applesauce qucik bread - my grandson's raved