Apple Honey Butter

October 8, 2013Katie

picture of apple honey butter
Oh my gosh! I love this recipe! It fits into my lifestyle of trying to eat whole unprocessed foods right now…I plan on spreading it on Whole Oat Pancakes, and using it in place of butter on breads and sandwiches. The fall spices of cloves, cinnamon and allspice are among those zingers that scream “AUTUMN” to me. And the kicker is…it makes a good sized recipe that will last for weeks!

Start out by pouring 3 cups of apple cider into a good-sized pot.
apple cider

Simmer (turn heat down until it barely bubbles) for about 10 minutes and let the cider reduce down to intense apple flavor.

While that’s simmering, peel, core and chop up 2 pounds of apples.  I prefer those that lean towards a little tartness, like Honey Crisp.

chop apples

Add them all to the cider in the pot.

cook apples

Just imagine, super intense cider flavor married to cooked down super intense chunks of apple flavor.  That’s what we’re going for folks.

apples simmering in pot

Pop the lid on your pot and simmer these for an hour.

Le Creuset pot

This is just enough time for you to watch an episode of Merlin, Sherlock or Call the Midwife.

Yes, I’m on a BBC Netflix kick and loving it. (Just some suggestions if you like good, clean, WITTY awesome shows.)

After one hour, add in 1/2 cup of honey, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cloves and allspice. Then grate in 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ginger.

honey and spices apple butter

Mix all this up and then take an immersion blender and whiz it up smoothly.

Apple butter immersion blender

If you don’t have an immersion blender just pour it all into a blender or food processor, keeping in mind that hot liquid might burst up at you so keep the hole in your blender covered up to avoid nasty burns.

True story, while baking this past Sunday, I took a baking pan out of the oven and nicked the side of my face with the edge, leaving me with the UGLIEST burn mark….sigh.

apple butter

Put this back on the stove and continue to simmer it another 20 minutes or so until the color darkens and it thickens up.

apple honey butter

Pour this into jars or sealed plastic containers.

picture of apple honey butter

And might I suggest serving this with my recipe for Pumpkin Biscuits?

Apple honey butter with pumpkin biscuits

I hope you try out this latest of my fall recipes for Apple Honey Butter! Happy Autumn!

Apple Honey Butter
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Recipe type: Spread
Serves: 10
  • 3 c. cider
  • 2 pounds apples, peeled,cored and choppe
  • ½ c. honey
  • 2 t. ground cinammon
  • ½ t. ground cloves
  • ½ t. ground allspice
  • 1 t. chopped ginger
  1. Simmer cider on stove for 10 minutes to reduce.
  2. Add in apples and simmer, covered around one hour.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add in honey and spices and stir.
  5. and add to blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Return to pot and cook on medium, stirring often until thickened, about minutes.


  • sande

    October 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

    omg, this sounds so delicious! Would love to give as a gift but with instructions as to use and longevity. How long does it keep and should it be refrigerated? Thank you for such a lovely recipe!
    1. Admin

      October 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Sande, I would say a month, but did a little searchingand saw several comments that people have kept much longer than that. It also freezes well!
  • Mjskit

    October 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

    What a great recipe! Love the stewing of the apples in the cider!
  • Sande

    October 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Thank you for the information, I will be making this in the next few days!
  • Shel Harrington

    October 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This recipe might help alleviate my homesickness for a Michigan-fall - we used to keep our fresh-picked apples in grocery bags in the garage. The lovely scent wafted in every time we opened the door! I'm on my way to check out your pumpkin biscuit recipe - sounds like a great match.
    1. Admin

      October 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Shel I miss the Michigan apple orchards too!
  • Ashley

    October 26, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I made this the other night and was so excited! It was so good up until I dumped inall the spices. I was sceptical at that much but I followed the recipe and boy was I right. Way to much spice for my taste. :(
    1. Katie

      November 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Ashley - next time tone back the spices to your liking. We like stronger spices at our house!

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