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Spiced Apple Butter

Spiced Apple Butter is a tasty way to put fresh fall apples to good use and this one shouldn’t be missed. Sugar and spices make it sweet and homespun, but cider vinegar, thyme, and bay leaf add depth. Then, slather this flavorful butter on biscuits for the perfect fall breakfast.


about 3 cups

Total Time

2 hours

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Store apple butter in an airtight container for 1 week in the refrigerator, or freeze for up to 3 months.


Combine apples, cider, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a large pot.

Tie thyme and bay leaf in cheesecloth and add to pot. Bring apple mixture to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until apples are very tender and start to fall apart, about 30 minutes. Set aside herb sachet. Purée apples in pot using a handheld blender until smooth, then return sachet to pot.

Simmer apple butter just until it holds its form when stirred or spread, 1½–1¾ hours, stirring frequently. Discard herb sachet, let apple butter cool to room temperature, then transfer to containers to chill or freeze.

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