Homemade spiced apple butter with maple syrup is such a wonderful way to preserve apples! It’s so fresh and flavorful, and the individual jars make the perfect homemade holiday gift. It’s delicious on sourdough toast or to incorporate in your other favorite fall baked goods. This apple butter is an easy, super flavorful canning recipe to make in the fall when fresh apples are plentiful.
Spiced Apple Butter in Fall
We’ve got so many apples on our tree right now, it’s ridiculous!
So, I started flipping through my Ball Canning Book, and came across apple butter. Of course!
My Mom used to make apple and pear butter when we were kids, and that stuff was like gold.
I made the basic recipe from the book, and it was good, but I thought it needed a little more oomph. So I made a second batch, this time with some added ginger, spices, and maple syrup instead of sugar.
It turned out perfect!
Here is my recipe for homemade spiced apple butter with maple syrup.
Spiced Apple Butter with Maple Syrup Recipe
Most varieties of apples will make a good butter, although I probably wouldn’t use all tart apples. A mix of apples is always a good choice.
I used Honeycrisp apples for this batch of apple butter and it turned out amazing!
Three pounds of apples will make about four half pint jars of apple butter.
Chop and Cook the Apples
I leave the skins on the apples when I make apple butter, because honestly I don’t usually feel like peeling them.
The apples get cooked way down, and once everything is blended you don’t even know that they are there. But, go ahead and peel them if you like.
Quarter the apples and put them in a pot with the ginger and apple cider.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat and cook for about 30 minutes or until the apples are soft.
Blend and Cook Down the Apple Butter
An immersion blender makes this job very quick and easy. I highly recommend getting one! You may have to work in batches if you use a blender or food processor.
Return the apple puree to the saucepan if you used a regular blender or food processor, and stir in the maple syrup, spices, and salt.
Bring back to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to low, and cook until mixture thickens, about 30-60 more minutes.
Can the Apple Butter
Canning this spiced apple butter is easy!
Fill hot jars with hot apple butter, leaving 1/4 inch headspace, and process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Turn off the heat, remove the canner lid, and wait 5 minutes before removing the jars.
Please refer to the Ball Water Bath Canning page for more details on this, especially if you are new to canning.
I am so happy with how this spiced apple butter turned out!
To me, it’s the perfect fall treat with warm spices and maple syrup. I had to open a jar the very next morning and give it a taste.
It is so incredibly good! I love it on sourdough toast with lots of butter.
We still have quite a bit of apples on our tree, so I will definitely be making more of this. It will be the perfect holiday gift!
Trust me, you have to try this apple butter recipe, you won’t be disappointed. I promise!
More Fruit Preserving Recipes
Here are more delicious fruit preserving recipes for you to try!
- No Sugar Apple Jelly
- Fig Honey Butter
- Strawberry Honey Butter
- No Sugar Peach Jam
- Strawberry Rhubarb Butter
Spiced Apple Butter with Maple Syrup
- In a stainless steel saucepan combine apples, apple cider, and fresh ginger. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft, about 30 minutes.
- Use an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor to puree until smooth. You may have to work in batches (not if you use an immersion blender). Do not liquefy.
- Return the apple puree to the saucepan if you used a regular blender or food processor, and stir in the maple syrup, spices, and salt.
- Bring the mixture back to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to low, and cook until mixture thickens, about 30-60 more minutes.
- To can the apple butter, fill hot jars with hot apple butter, leaving 1/4 inch headspace, and process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the canner lid, and wait 5 minutes before removing the jars.
- Adapted from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.
- Please refer to the Ball Water Bath Canning page for more details on canning, especially if you are a beginner.
- Most apple varieties can be used for this recipe.
- The skins can be left on the apples as they will cook down and get soft, but the apples can also be peeled if you prefer.