If you love southern cooking like I do, you’ll love my homemade apple butter recipe, complete with step-by step instructions. I worked really hard to make this tasty sauce with fewer calories so that I could stay within my Weight Watchers Daily Points range. And it turned out amazing! This is definitely a must try.

And for those of you who’ve never had it before, here’s a little background info… Apple butter is a highly concentrated form of apple sauce, produced by long, slow cooking of apples with cider or water to a point where the sugar in the apples caramelizes, turning the apple butter a deep brown.

The concentration of sugar gives apple butter a much longer shelf life as a preserve than applesauce. Apple butter was a popular way of using apples in colonial America, and well into the 19th century. The term “butter” refers to the thick, soft consistency, and apple butter’s use as a spread for breads.

Typically seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, lemon juice and other spices, apple butter may be spread on buttered toast, used as a side dish, an ingredient in baked goods, or as a condiment.

Apple Butter Recipe

Makes 4 cups

  • 12 medium Granny Smith or other cooking apples, peeled and cut into fourths
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  1. Mix all ingredients in 5-6 qt. slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW 8-10 hours or until apples are very tender.
  3. Mash apples with potato masher or large fork.
  4. Cook uncovered on LOW 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is very thick.
  5. Cool about 2 hours. Spoon apple butter into container.
  6. Cover and store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

Per table spoon: calories 30, fat 0g, saturated fat 0g, cholesterol 0mg, sodium 0mg, carbohydrates 9g, fiber 1g, protein 0g

Weight Watchers Points Value = 1


  1. Hey! Didn’t see a way to PIN this recipe to Pinterest. Really looking forward to trying it!!! Thanks for your help!!:)

  2. Used this recipe for this fall and let me just tell you that the apple butter was fabulous! Its one of my favorites and you made it possible to make an extremely healthy version which makes me even more ecstatic. The only added suggested would be to blend it up at the end for a smoother consistency if you like it that way, other then that though this recipe was great! Thank you so much!

  3. Approximately 2 Tbsp of the apple butter amounts to 1 Weight Watchers Point.

  4. the apple butter recipe. what serving size gives you 1 point?