Cinnamon-Vanilla Apple Butter

So many apples, so little time!  Because the Texan loves him some apple butter, I decided to whip up a batch….and then use it as collateral.  We need to get back to work on my art studio, and he might need some incentive.  I like to stack the cards in my favor.


1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup apple juice

1 tbs. cinnamon

1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise

10-12 apples (I used a mix of all different types, because it was what I had), chopped into bite-sized pieces, skins left on

This calls for my trusty apron.

Combine all the ingredients in a dutch oven and put it on the stove-top over medium-low heat.  Let simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally, until the apples are good and squishy.

Yes. Yes, it is.

Abbie waits patiently on her kitchen bed for apple butter that she will never get. Poor Abbie.

Skins on!

After the hour simmer is up, strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a separate bowl, using the back of a big spoon to really squish that pulp through the strainer.  Whatever lands in the bowl, pour it back into the pot and back on medium-low heat to simmer, uncovered for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens.  Pour into sterilized jars and refrigerate.

Abbie officially gives up on the apple butter.

This stuff is to-die-for-yummy with cream cheese on whole wheat English muffins.

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14 thoughts on “Cinnamon-Vanilla Apple Butter

  1. beautiful Life and Style September 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm Reply

    this looks amazing! I would have never thought to make my own apple butter- but I’m determined to try it!

  2. sassbidefan89 September 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious

  3. EROSE September 22, 2012 at 3:02 am Reply


  4. Shannon September 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm Reply

    We habitually (twice a week) make a batch of homemade applesauce. Since it’s difficult to find organic cooking apples here (or expensive), I will buy non-organic Granny’s, peel them, and cook the chunks with a bit of water, honey and LOTS of cinnamon. I just mash them chunky-like with a potato masher and put in the fridge.

    And eight-apple batch does not last long (in kids’ lunches, in muffins, pancakes, as a spread with peanut butter, topping for hot crisp desert, etc.). And it smells the house up something awesome! Like Christmas.

    • Shannon September 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm Reply

      PS – who’s the Texan?

    • farmhouseK8 September 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm Reply

      I know, that’s 50% of what I like about it–the smell that fills the house! Yay!

  5. Paul Cahill September 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm Reply

    This looks so good. Now I just need to talk my wife into making some. My abilities in the kitchen are..well.. lacking.

  6. Charlotte Zweigoron September 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm Reply

    That Abbie looks like a pretty happy girl, apple butter or no apple butter. Soooo, has the Texan been properly motivated?

    • farmhouseK8 September 23, 2012 at 12:05 am Reply

      YES! We are working on the studio right now! Bribery successful…. 🙂

  7. little poppits September 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm Reply

    yummy! xxx

  8. Tammy September 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm Reply

    I’ve been craving apple butter like crazy lately so I was happy to come across this recipe! Sounds delicious and I bet it smells heavenly while cooking.

  9. Emma September 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm Reply

    Looks soooooooooooooooooooooo0000000000000000000000000 goooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. reneesylvie October 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm Reply

    Yummy!!! I may need to attempt this at some point

  11. patty August 15, 2014 at 10:01 am Reply

    How many jars and what size?

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