Spiced Cider Apple Butter

Spiced Cider Apple Butter is an easy to make fall recipe that will give your home a warm, cozy feeling. This apple butter has the perfect blend of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. It’s even better when you serve it with some homemade bread or rolls!

This apple butter will be perfect for these chilly fall days. It is especially delicious as a topping on toast with some almond or peanut butter, and if you are feeling adventurous add some crumbled bacon!

Ingredients: Apples (peeled cored & chopped) – about 18-20 cups of apples; Sugar – ¾ cup to sweeten the mixture; Cinnamon – ½ teaspoon to give it a subtle spice flavor; Ground Nutmeg – ⅛ teaspoon for an added kick of flavor; Allspice –¼ teaspoon gives it that familiar holiday feel. The spices can really vary depending on your taste so use them sparingly until you find what works best for you. If using something other than sugar, you may need to add a little more sweetness.

Directions: Cooking apples are the best for this recipe because they have higher pectin content, but if you would like to use fresh-from-the orchard apples that is okay as well just make sure there’s some water in the pot with them so they don’t scorch on the bottom of your pan over high heat. If using cooking apples peel and core them first then chop into bite sized pieces. Add all ingredients EXCEPT sugar to large Dutch oven over medium heat stirring often until completely combined and heated through (about 20 minutes). Once everything has cooked down enough, I usually remove about ¼ cup at a time from my mixture and place it in a small saucepan over high heat stirring constantly until the butter is fully melted and it becomes thicker. It will start to look like brown sugar, then caramelize into hard clumps that are no longer sticky but more dry and sandy. Mix back in with your mixture and add sugar, stirring until it is fully mixed.

How to serve it?

Spiced Cider Apple Butter can be served on toast, bagels and muffins. It can also be served on top of ice cream and pancakes or waffles. It is a great condiment for any sandwich, hamburger patty or grilled chicken breast as well. Spiced Cider Apple Butter makes an excellent gift when packaged in jars with ribbon tied around the lid, making it easy to give away to your friends and family.

Use it as an appetizer or a dessert. Use the Spiced Cider Apple Butter to top off popcorn, oatmeal, cottage cheese and yogurt for breakfast. Spread some on toast with cream cheese or peanut butter before adding bacon bits and slices of fresh fruit like strawberries.

What to serve with it?

  • The possibilities are endless! It is just as good on toast for breakfast, slathered on a bagel with cream cheese at lunchtime or spread on turkey sandwiches and crackers in the afternoon. For dessert it can be served over ice cream, rolled into sugar cookies or mixed with fresh whipped cream to make an apple spice topping for pies and tarts.
  • Pair with pasta, noodles or risotto for a comforting dinner.
  • Mix in mayonnaise and herbs to make an exciting dip for crisp vegetables.
  • Spread over ham sandwiches before grilling them.
  • Spread over hot dogs before grilling them.
  • Mix with mayonnaise and serve as a salad dressing.