- 6½ pounds apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (I used a combination of Granny Smith and Fuji)
- 1 cup granulated sugar*
- 1 cup light brown sugar*
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- For sugar-free version, substitute both sugars with 1½ cups of Xylitol.
- Place apples in slow cooker. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugars or xylitol, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Sprinkle over the apples and stir gently to combine. Cook on low for 10 hours.
- Stir in vanilla extract, breaking up any large chunks of apples that remain. Cover and cook for an additional 2 hours.
- Remove cover and use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until completely smooth. (Alternately, you could puree in batches in a food processor or regular blender.) If you want the apple butter thicker, you can continue to cook it on low with the lid of the slow cooker slightly ajar so that steam can escape.
- Allow the mixture to cool, then spoon into jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 3 months.
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