Fall Apple Recipes

Article and photos by Adrienne Webster, Co-op Member Owner

October 10, 2017

I took my kids to pick apples at my friend’s property recently and we were having so much fun we didn’t realize how much we picked (around 30 pounds! I weighed all the bags).

Needless to say, I have perfected my apple butter and applesauce recipes.  They could not be easier and they are WONDERFUL.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

If you’re ambitious, you can go through the process of actually canning them.  If you’re like me, you’ll just put them in jars in the fridge and give some to your neighbors.

It keeps up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator without canning. I love it on gluten-free toast in the mornings.


  • 5 pounds apples, quartered and unpeeled
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom


Chop the apples and add them to the slow cooker.  Add all of the other ingredients to the slow cooker and stir (it completely filled my small size slow cooker).

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.  I took the lid off and stirred them up a couple of times while they were cooking. Let cool and then transfer to the blender in batches and blend until smooth.

30-minute Applesauce

The applesauce is so simple and easy to make.

I tried making the applesauce without peeling the apples and it wasn’t as good.  You don’t cook the apples as long or blend them as much as the apple butter so the peels were noticeable and chunky, which didn’t work well with the applesauce.  Definitely peel the apples for this one.


  • 3-4 pounds of apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground ginger


Add all ingredients to a large soup pot. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Once the apples are completely soft, let them cool for a bit and transfer them to a blender. 

I just pulsed the blender a couple of times to quickly mash them up.  If you blend them too much the consistency changes to a smoother apple butter-like consistency instead of a mashed, thicker applesauce consistency. 

I have never been a huge fan of applesauce but I can’t stop eating this super fresh batch, it’s so good!