Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Butter

Pumpkin apple butter

It’s no secret that I love Fall. Here in California, I’ve patiently waited for it to roll around and it’s beginning to dawn on me that it might not ever make an appearance. Uh…what? This is a new and unwelcome concept for me.

I love sunshine as much as the next person, but Fall has always been my favorite season—I like the gloomy, cloudy days with a little bite in the air, the wet leaves on running trails, the dark thunderstorms, the cozy slipper evenings, the baking with the fireplace up high with some spiced cider (spiking always welcome) as a companion.

The moral of the story is that yesterday, it was 86 degrees and sunny but I was determined to make something Autumn inspired, and I just wasn’t feeling standing in my kitchen slaving over a hot (toaster) oven. So instead, I dumped my favorite cool-weather ingredients in my Crock Pot and let it go to town for 6 hours. The result was definitely pumpkin-patch-and apple-orchard*-inspired, which is exactly what I was going for!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Butter

Pumpkin apple butter

–1 29 oz can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
–2 C applesauce (I used Mott’s Natural No Sugar Added kind—it’s really good!)
–2/3 C light brown sugar
–1 tablespoon real maple syrup
–3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or you can use a combination of nutmeg, ginger, cloves—any Fallish spice :))
–2 teaspoons cinnamon

Put all ingredients in slow cooker and stir. Cook on high for 1 hour, then stir and turn to low for 5-6 hours, stirring once an hour or so. Let it cool for half an hour and then store in any type of jar.

That’s it! It’s a pretty mild spread and goes great with toast, on top of oatmeal, or my personal favorite: with baked Brie and crackers. Super easy to make and my kitchen smelled like Halloween. It made me a happy girl … it doesn’t take much.

Pumpkin apple butter Pumpkin apple butter

Pumpkin apple butter

*Last year at the apple orchard, we finished picking apples and went up to the front to check out the fall produce. While I was bonding with a crate of baby gourds, my dog lifted his leg and did his business all over the side of a crate of apples. I didn’t tell anybody, grabbed his leash and ran away. Is that why I don’t get Fall this year?

Have a happy weekend!

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  1. haha lets just hope whatever poor soul purchased those apples gave them a really good washing before taking a bite! Awesome recipe, I think this would make a really great gift to give to someone. Oh and your new flickr pictures on your sidebar of the sunset are gorgeous!!

  2. Yeah, I really hope we get a nice fall this year… it seems like it’s either colc/rainy or freaking hot. So that’s like… 2 seasons.

  3. Oh my goodness whyyy don’t I have a slow cooker?! Must get one! Looks great girl 🙂

  4. Yum! Can we make this when you’re home (with Brie and French bread?) And let’s not even talk about the time our problem child Riley knocked over the Amish stand’s homemade cookies and ate them, peed on a leather purse, and pooped in the middle of the street at the Covered Bridge Festival . . .

  5. It wouldn’t kill me to get a little fall going on in my kitchen – I might have to give this a try!

    I am trying to get used to fall here in CO too, nothing like a WI fall. I’m looking at photos from WI blogs and they are already in jackets and hats! So weird!

  6. ahhh this makes me so excited for the crockpot my friend said she ordered me for my birthday next month!

  7. Healthy Teen on a Mission says:

    oh my goodness this looks so good! bookmarked!

  8. Isabelle@cheesymiteapples says:

    Pumpkin & Apple this is a delicious combo 🙂 Saving this recipe to make sometime soon I hope!

  9. Don’t worry– in Florida it is ALWAYS hot but I bring pumpkin back in some form practically every day of my life.
    This is so easy to make and it looks delicious 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe, Casey

  10. You pretty much listed everything I love about the Fall… you can just feel it in the air here in CA!! Love it!
    I love this pumpkin butter recipe!! Pumpkin butter is one of my fav products at TJ’s — I can’t wait to make my own =)

  11. Just last night I was browsing apple butter recipes online!! I’ll give yours a try!

  12. I think I would just eat that like pudding. No real need for bread or crackers.

  13. I make this on my stovetop and have some issues with it—- using the slow cooker sounds like the best.idea.ever. —–especially considering my love for pumpkin butter!!!

  14. OH MY GOSH YUMMMMMM! girl- you have no idea how long ive been waiting for a link to your blog! haha! I just figured that you had one and deleted it or something! YAYYYYYYY

  15. WOW this looks delish! I cant wait to try it! Here in Northern California it is still ridiculously hot so, I’m gonna have to wait on it!

  16. Bahahaha the end of this post is pee-your-pants funny. Oh, Riley… always making a good impression. LOL

  17. That looks absolutely HEAVENLY!

  18. I’m going to get the ingredients and make this next week! I’m all about the crockpot and I love apple butter and pumpkin butter. So the two together have to be great! Thanks for the recipe.

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