Slow Cooker Bourbon Apple Butter

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    Who doesn't love spiking and giving a little pep to the average apple butter recipe? This easy recipe for slow cooker bourbon apple butter will have you making it year after year!

    Given the fact that I’m about to appear on live, national tv this evening, I think the bourbon in this apple butter needs to be fed through an IV tube to me. I’m so freaking nervous and excited. I think I’m just a basket-case right now. I need to calm the f down and just stroll onto set with confidence! And I need to breathe. Phew.

    Who doesn't love spiking and giving a little pep to the average apple butter recipe? This easy recipe for slow cooker bourbon apple butter will have you making it year after year!

    You see apple butters every where around this time of year. I was first introduced to it last year (I know) and I’ve been hooked ever since. I knew that this season I had to have a recipe on my blog so you guys can enjoy the glorious amazingness of apple butter. However, I didn’t just want any ordinary apple butter. I wanted spiked apple butter because why not? :) I also wanted ease. So this slow cooker bourbon apple butter was born!

    We’ve been slathering this all over the pumpkin apple bread I shared earlier this week and also my new favorite, Ezekiel toast. You could even use these in my salted caramel apple butter bars. Oh baby, it is so smooth and has so much flavor! It’s like eating a cinnamon covered apple with a little booze.

    Who doesn't love a little booze in their apple butter? This easy recipe for slow cooker bourbon apple butter will have you making it year after year!
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    Slow Cooker Bourbon Apple Butter

    Who doesn't love spiking and giving a little pep to the average apple butter recipe?
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 10 hrs
    Total Time: 10 hrs 20 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 3
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    • 6 pounds any variety of apples, large-diced, peeled and cored
    • 1 cup dark brown sugar
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple pie spice
    • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey


    • Add apples, sugars, and apple pie spice into your slow cooker, toss everything together with a spatula to disperse the sugars and apple pie spice. Cook on low for 10 hours.
    • After 10 hours, take an immersion blender to the mixture and blend until smooth and no chunks remain.
    • Add the bourbon, stir to incorporate.
    • Store in mason jars in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.

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  • Thea - Mrs. Flirty Foodie says:

    I don’t have a slow cooker. Do you know how this comes out in a regular pot on very low? Or maybe in a pressure cooker? Thanks in advance.

    • Julie says:

      It should work with a regular pot on low.

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Yay!! I am so excited for you. All of your hard has paid off and I know that you are going to be a rockstar tonight!! xoxo

  • Sarah | Broma Bakery says:

    YAAAY CONGRATS MA LADY! So excited for you <3

  • Glynda says:

    Do you peel and core the apples?

    • Julie says:

      Yes, sorry. Will add that in.

  • Lloyd Le Blanc says:

    Would rum be a good alternative?

    Thank you

    • Julie says:

      Probably. I’m sure any booze is fine ;)

  • Maria says:

    Congrats to you, so exciting! And the butter looks delish!

  • Gaby Dalkin says:

    congratulations on the QVC spot! SO exciting!! please excuse me while I slather this Bourbon Apple Butter on toast for the rest of the month

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Mmmm! Your apple butter looks phenomenal, Julie! I love the splash of bourbon. :) Once again, congrats on your upcoming cookbook release (I’ve already pre-ordered from Amazon) and have fun and be yourself tonight with David on QVC! You will be amazing! xo

  • Cherie says:

    Rock it tonight, Julie! Congrats. Being from KY, we put bourbon on/in a lot of things. Never thought of adding it to apple butter. And I just went to the apple orchard and was thinking of pie. NOT! Change of plans here! Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      Haha YES!! :)

  • Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker says:

    AHHHHHH!!!!!! QVC?! SO COOL! Breathe, relax (um, like that’s possible?), just breathe. And keep the leftover bourbon from this ah-mazing apple butter close by! Good luck!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    SO excited for you! I can’t wait to watch :) Annnnd I need some of this apple butter right now!

  • Elizabeth | the bare midriff says:

    Congrats on seeing all of your hard work and dedication come to a delicious fruition! You deserve it!

  • marla says:

    Julie CONGRATS!! Such exciting news :) I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the segment. LOVE the fall apple butter!

  • Rahul @ samosastreet says:

    I have newer had bourbon apple butter before, this sounds wonderful

  • Laura says:

    My grandmother was known for her apple butter and she would add a can of crushed pineapple to her apple butter. In those days it can sweetened. Now I think I’d use packed in juice.

  • Gene Newburgh says:

    Can you can it? Seems you could without affecting the flavor???

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yes, you can definitely can this with the proper technique.

  • Gigi says:

    Best recipe.. My friends adored it and it was very simple.

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