How To Make Old-Fashioned Applebutter

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We used 9 bushels of fuji apples, 20 pounds of sugar, and 6.5 ounces of cinnamon oil to make applebutter in our 30 gallon pot. I have broken the recipe down into a more manageable size that uses only 1 bushel of apples! You can get a smaller bottle of cinnamon oil here.

I recommend using a sweeter apple like the fuji so you can use less sugar!


How To Make Old-Fashioned Applebutter from 1 Bushel of Apples
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  • 1 bushel of apples
  • 4½ cups of sugar
  • 2-4 teaspoons of cinnamon oil
  1. Peel, core, and slice the apples.
  2. Place in a large pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently until apples have broken down and you have an applesauce type consistency.
  3. Turn up heat to medium high and stir frequently at a low boil until the apple mixture turns a deep red/brown.
  4. Add the sugar, bring to a low boil, and stir for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, and add cinnamon oil to taste.
  6. Stir vigorously, then quickly ladle into your clean, hot jars.
  7. Put lids on and turn jars upside down until cool.


Learn how to make a huge batch of old-fashioned applebutter outside over a fire, or how to make a small batch in your kitchen.


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2 responses to “How To Make Old-Fashioned Applebutter”

  1. Christie says:

    Why do you use cinnamon oil rather than ground cinnamon?

    • Angi says:

      To give it the spiciness. If you used enough ground cinnamon to make it actually taste spicy, it would be grainy and a nasty consistency. 🙂

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