Homemade Cranberry Apple Butter – Slow Cooker

If you love apple butter, then you must try this beautiful and delicious Homemade Cranberry Apple Butter combining apples with cranberries; perfect for holiday breakfasts.

Homemade Cranberry Apple Butter

Even when I was young and first started canning, I never was the type of home canner that would process enough food to create huge stores of goods in my basement; I’ve always loved doing small batches. When I was young I did do a lot of tomatoes and pickles but now it’s mostly jams. I’ve even commandeered some neighbors into my ventures and this Homemade Cranberry Apple Butter is a crowd favorite.

I’ve always loved apple butter but now that I’m making my own I like to mix them up. I’ve experimented a bit too and while I still have apple butter love, a few years ago, pumpkin butter was added to the list of must haves.

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Still…none compare to how much I love this Homemade Cranberry Apple Butter. It’s delicious and so perfectly pretty…a great homemade holiday gift!

Homemade Cranberry Apple Butter

I cannot deny that I am pretty passionate about cranberries. I love making festive cocktails with the berries, find nothing much more beautiful sugared berries on a holiday cake and there is always homemade cranberry sauce.

I like to fiddle with a new cranberry sauce recipe every year, although this Bourbon, Brown Sugar and Orange Cranberry Sauce is probably my favorite. (Each year I make something new and it becomes my NEW favorite!).

Homemade Cranberry Apple Butter

Still, this one is my perennial winner. It’s easy, pretty, and unique enough that friends and family always love receiving a jar tucked into their holiday food baskets.

Make sure you grab some cranberries on your next run to the grocery store and make this Homemade Cranberry Apple Butter. It’s easy, can be made without a lot of fancy equipment and is just SO dang good!

Cranberry Apple Butter

Homemade Cranberry Apple Butter

A blend of apples and cranberries in a delicious fruit butter.
5 average from less than 50 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Fruits, Jams, Jellies & Spreads
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Servings
Calories 203 kcal


  • 3 pounds cooking apples cored and cut into chunks
  • 12 ounce cranberries rinsed
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Combine the apple chunks, cranberries, and cider in a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until the apples are soft and the cranberries have started to burst (about 15 – 20 minutes). Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Ladle the mixture into a food mill and puree. All of the apple and cranberry skins will be left behind. Transfer the puree to a slow cooker. Add the brown sugar to the puree. Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Stir in the seeds and the two halves of the vanilla bean along with the cinnamon and ginger.
  • Cook on low heat in a slow cooker for 8-12 hours, only partially covered. The mixture will reduce down and thicken. Remove the vanilla beans and allow to cool slightly. Transfer to airtight containers and refrigerate. See Notes for canning info.


Cook time includes time in the slow cooker.
If you want to can this, pour into clean and sterilized half-pint or pint jars and process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.


Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry Apple Butter
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword apple, blackberry, overnight, french toast, breakfast, butter, cranberry, fruit, jam, spread
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    1. If you are using an immersion blender, I would suggest you peel the apples before cooking them. The cranberries will be fine blended in whole with the immersion blender.

    1. I’m working on it…I had both on the same page but my software messed them up and only displayed the bread. I just created a new page for the butter and am trying to find my recipe in the database RIGHT NOW! I’ll let you know when I get it done.

      1. Whoa…I was trying politely to advise that I had run into a problem. Just a reminder, I don’t work for you and I provide this work for free. Getting snitty with me seems a bit untoward.

        1. I think you could make it in a slow cooker but I’m not sure about whether it should be canned. That usually requires that the product that’s canned has been boiled for a bit and I don’t know that a slow cooker is going to get hot enough. I haven’t tried that myself so I hesitate to recommend it but you might do a search online and see if you can find if someone else has. Good luck to you!

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