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If you’re looking for easy, homemade Christmas gift ideas you’ll want to consider this apple butter. It makes a lot, which is good, because you’ll want to keep some for yourself too.
It starts with a couple jars of store-bought applesauce and a slow cooker. The result is fragrant deliciousness that’s heavenly spread on a warm biscuit. It will even perk up a plain old piece of toast.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 8 cups applesauce (I used 2 – 46oz jars)
- 4 cups sugar
- 4 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. allspice (not in photo)
- 2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tsp. cloves
Stir all the ingredients together in the slow cooker. Cook uncovered on high for 6-7 hours. Don’t stir during that time, just enjoy how wonderful your house smells.
The apple butter will cook down quite a bit. After the cooking time, put it in a metal bowl and set in a sink or bowl of ice water to bring the temperature down. Store in jars or zip top plastic bags in the refrigerator or freeze for later.
I put the apple butter in my stand mixer bowl to cool it down.
Do you make Christmas gifts? What are your favorites to make and give?