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Apple Butter is something I had never made until just recently.
This past holiday season I wanted to make up something different. I usually stick to classic Christmas cookies (like my favorite no bakes) and at most just try out a few new cookie recipes. I don’t venture out past cookies.
So when I decided I wanted to try something new, I did what any millennial like myself would do. I scoured Pinterest!
I found so many interesting holiday treats I wanted to try out, like cheesecakes, dips and creative pastries. But what caught my eye the most was It’s Always Autumn’s Caramel Apple Butter. Not only did it sound SUPER yummy, but it seemed pretty easy to make!
Her recipe called for apples, sugar, spices and wrapped caramels. My intention was to stick to her recipe (aside from her suggested type of apples) but I couldn’t find any caramels at my local grocery store! So instead, I decided to go with a jar of Mrs. Richardson’s butterscotch caramel.
MAN, was that a great idea.
I folded the caramel in with vanilla after I had blended the slow cooked apples together and even before setting the Crockpot for another couple hours, it tasted AMAZING. I was ready to eat it by the spoonful over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. But for the sake of Christmas gifts, I replaced the lid and continued cooking.
After a few hours had past, I decided the butter was the consistency I was hoping for and spooned it into 12 four ounce mason jars. I had enough left over apple butter that I could have easily filled three more four ounce jars, but I kept it for myself instead.
Then, I topped the jars with cute apple butter labels I found on Lia Griffith’s website. I tried making up my own labels, but hers were too cute to pass up!
All in all, this caramel apple butter was pretty easy to make.
The hardest part was peeling and dicing 8 pounds of apples (which is roughly 20 gala apples). But what I got out of the process made it all worth it; a smooth, rich apple butter that’ll pair with just about anything!
Go ahead and read on for my recipe and how I created my caramel apple butter masterpiece!