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Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Butter

A simple and seasonal recipe to ring in the holidays all month. Cranberry apple butter is a sweet, creamy, tangy addition to your morning toast.
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Course: Appetizer/Snack/Brunch
Cuisine: America
Keyword: apple butter, breakfast spread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 2 Cups
Author: Laura Franco


  • 3 large apples
  • 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • pinch salt


  • Spray the slow cooker bowl with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Peel and cut the apples into chunks.
  • Add the apples to the slow cooker.
  • Rinse the cranberries in tap water and add them to the slow cooker bowl.
  • In a separate small bowl, mix the honey, orange juice, and water and drizzle over apples and cranberries.
  • Add the cinnamon stick, star anise, and pinch of salt.
  • Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours.
  • Remove the cinnamon stick and star anise, and mix with an immersion blender until smooth.
  • Cool completely before refrigerating.


  • I recommend that you use Fiji, gala, honey crisp, or pink lady apples in this recipe.
  • Be sure to cool the apple butter completely at room temperature before refrigerating. This recipe keeps up to 4 weeks covered in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
  • To freeze, place the cranberry apple butter into a zip-top bag and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Easy Clean-Up Tip - To spray non-stick cooking spray without it getting all over the countertop, place the pot or pan on the open door of the dishwasher. When the dishwasher runs, any excess cooking spray will wash away.