Give the gift of eternal fall to everyone you love this year by making them their own jars of apple cinnamon butter!
apple cinnamon butter

Please, join me here on the brink of insanity.

It’s super fun and smells like apple pie with a hint of blood, sweat, and tears.

And maybe a few first degree burns, but who’s counting?


Okay, fine, the burns are mostly healed and were merely a casualty of getting too close to a few overzealously bubbling vats of applesauce.

Lesson learned – applesauce needs it’s personal space.

But not too much personal space or you’ll end up with burnt apple crusted to the bottom of your favorite pan.

Second lesson learned.


I did a lot of complaining about these as I was making them, but I have to admit I’m very fond of the finished product.


And I truly think that if one were to make a more manageable amount (i.e. <100), it would feel more like a walk in the park and less like waterboarding.

Homemade gifts for Christmas? I vote yes.


Now, canning is something that scared me for a very long time. I mean, it’s one of the few things in cooking where if you do it wrong YOU CAN KILL PEOPLE.

But sometimes fear is a good thing, because it means you’ll be more careful, and when you’re more careful there’s less risk that something will go wrong.

I promise that it’s really not that hard. And if it still really freaks you out, you can always skip the whole canning/processing step and throw the jars in the refrigerator. If I had been making fewer, then I probably would have done this but as it turns out NYC refrigerators are not meant to hold 120 cans of anything.


Let’s make our lives smell like fall.

Apple Cinnamon Butter
Give the gift of eternal fall to everyone you love this year by making them their own jars of apple cinnamon butter!
Yield: 13 4-oz jars
  • 4 lb honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1½ cups sweetened apple cider
  • ½ cup water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  1. In a large Dutch oven, combine the apples, apple cider, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Cook, covered, for 30 minutes or until apples are mushy. Puree with an immersion blender.
  2. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Cook on medium-low heat, uncovered, for an hour or until thickened, stirring frequently.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the jars, a metal spoon, and a metal funnel to the pot and boil for 5 minutes to sterilize. Wash the lids and rings with warm soapy water and then place them on a clean towel to dry. Remove the jars, spoon, and funnel from the pot with canning tongs and place them on a clean towel.
  4. Put the funnel into a jar and spoon the apple butter into it, leaving at least ¼-inch of headspace at the top. Remove the funnel and clean the top of the jar with a clean towel. Top with a lid and screw tight with a ring. Repeat with remaining filling and jars.
  5. Return the pot of water to a boil and transfer the jars to the pot. Process for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool. The lids should become concave as they cool (within 12 hours of canning). If not, then they are not properly sealed and are not safe to store at room temperature. They can be stored in the refrigerator instead.
Recipe from William Sonoma

 For more apple recipes, check out these:

mini caramel apple pop tarts with brown sugar glaze

Mini Caramel Apple Pop Tarts with Brown Sugar Glaze

salted caramel apple cheesecake bars

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

apple buckwheat cake

Apple Buckwheat Cake

From Around the Web:

Salted Caramel Apple Tart from The Flourishing Foodie

Apple Pie Bread from My Baking Addiction

Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze from Joy the Baker

Apple Gateau from Sippity Sup

Apple Spice Sorbet from My New Roots


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49 Responses to Apple Cinnamon Butter

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    I’m definitely doing homemade gifts for Christmas. These came out so awesome – I just love your labels. 🙂

  2. The whole CUTENESS and YOU CAN KILL PEOPLE factor of this post is totally my jam….eeer butter?
    I love cute things…that allow me to live on EDGEEE,
    This butter sound seriously yum. I need it. Pinned!

  3. Baby June says:

    That sounds like a fabulous gift! I would love getting this for Christmas 🙂

  4. I’m with you, I want my life to smell like fall! And I want this on my toast.

  5. I can almost smell this lovely aromatic butter sitting here 😉

  6. they’re SO CUTE! eeeee your wedding is gonna be adorable!

  7. Its beyond cute!!! And perfect for the season! Have a great day tomorrow and enjoy the weekend 🙂

  8. I am all for homemade Christmas gifts too. I always give them, but never receive any. I just think they are more personal, plus, they save money too 🙂

  9. Joanne, I love these!!! Just about the only good thing about living in Wisconsin in the winter, is the fact that your garage basically turns into another refrigerator/freezer, literally. So, without that, I would have nowhere to put all my thanksgiving leftovers and fabulous apple cinnamon butter like this!! I love this idea of making your own and gifting these!!! love!! and is the big day this weekend?! Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL wedding day!!! 🙂

  10. LOVE these! Your wedding guests are going to love ’em too 🙂
    Wishing you the best wedding day, Joanne! You deserve it!!! xo

  11. Meg says:

    They are definitely adorable — and you survived! YAY. Everyone will love them! Happy, happy wedding day!

  12. This is suuuuuch a great idea!! I just love it – SQUEE!!! You’re gonna be a bride so soon!!!

  13. I would be thrilled to receive one of those too!

  14. I love these – so amazing of you to make something homemade for all of your wedding guests.

  15. You;re giving these away for the wedding, right? They look so beautiful! I would love to try these and get them as a favor! You are so amazing how you get soooo much done, holy crap! Wedding planning, blogging and a job, DAMN girl!

  16. 120 jars…no. But 1 or 2 or even 20? Yes please!

  17. Beth says:

    So darling! I’ll be thinking of you this weekend…. All the best! Beth xo

  18. Kelly says:

    Aaw they look super cute and everyone is going to love them! All your hard job paid off, you did an amazing job girl! Hope you have an amazing day tomorrow and enjoy every single moment 🙂

  19. Hotly Spiced says:

    I remember you saying you had a couple of traumas making this butter. Those little jars certainly have the ‘wow’ factor. Very cute. And yes, homemade gifts are the best – very special, especially if you present them with burns all up your arms! xx

  20. These are such a wonderful thing to give to your wedding guests – so thoughtful and personal (and, of course, delicious!) Happy wedding and congratulations!!

  21. What an adorable gift idea! Canning definitely does still scare the crap out of me, but I could totally handle some refrigerated apple butter!

  22. Nicola says:

    We made 100s of jars of jam as our wedding favors. By the fifth batch I was just about ready to throw my hands up and never set foot in the kitchen again! However nobody died and everybody super appreciates a homemade favor! Way to go – I love this idea.

  23. Oh, adorable Joanne – your guests are very, very lucky! All the best for the big day:) Looking forward to seeing pics in due course!

  24. Wow never knew appleasauce was such a little devil to make! But these sure look like a great gift!

  25. Isadora says:

    I LOVE homemade edible Christmas gifts!! They are the best! Even when they do have some blood, sweat, and tears in them haha! I bet this apple butter would go well with pretty much everything!!

  26. Roz says:

    I agree . . . homemade gifts are the best and so appreciated by those who receive them! Love the whole array of apple recipes shared in this post. Happy, happy Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas season!

  27. What a treat and a lovely gift for the holidays! We can imagine the fragrance of the apple and cinnamon!

  28. Homemade gifts have something extra special about them so totally agree with you 😀
    This apple butter is officially on my christmas list (hint hint) 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  29. Julia says:

    Canning is defnitely one of those things I want to be freaking excellent at, but have never tried because I’m skerd. But you’ve inspired me with your cinnamon apple butter because that ish’s delish and I’ve gots gifts to give! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, m’dear!

  30. Kate says:

    Your guests will love this.

  31. CakeSpy says:

    I want this in my life and on my toast, so bad.

  32. Oh no, you burnt yourself? Ouch! Hope you’re OK, but at least you burnt yourself on something so beautiful-sounding. Looks like you got all the jars ready for the wedding, though! I’m guessing your wedding is happening right about now. Hope it’s everything you ever wished for!

  33. cheri says:

    Hi Joanne, this jars are so adorable, sorry you burned yourself, hope all is well!

  34. These are adorable! Your guests will more than appreciate all your hard work. Hope you’re having a FABULOUS time tonight, my dear!! xo

  35. Wow. 120? You are crazy! But in the best possible way 😉 This looks amazing!

  36. My first batch was not a success but I’ve used the results in baking and it was divine. What an amazing achievement Joanne 🙂

  37. Sarah says:

    These are so cute. Also this recipe is vegan! 😀 I haven’t canned anything before, but these look like the perfect holiday gift to start with. So cute with the little sticker labels on top – your guests will LOVE these.

    Also PS I think edible wedding favors are the BEST, because they you get to enjoy a yummy piece of the wedding even when it’s over. Is it weird I don’t know when I’m going to get married (could be years and years from now) but I’ve planned the wedding cake, desserts, and potential food-related favors for all four seasons of the year?

    Have a WONDERFUL wedding! I know it’s going to be great, and can’t wait to see the pictures!

  38. This is such an incredibly good idea for Xmas gifts! Looks delicious, I love the apple and cinnamon combo so much!

  39. SallyBR says:

    Saw ONE photo of your wedding on Facebook, I am looking forward to many more, perhaps here?

    Sally, in begging mode….

  40. Eileen says:

    Yay, insanity! I mean, yay, apple butter! 🙂 Or both? Sure. Both.

  41. P says:

    So adorable! Your guests are lucky!!!

  42. I can’t believe you did all of this work!!! I want to cry just thinking about it–ahhh!! Since my wedding is like 175 people (minimum), I’ve decided that DIY gifts are out the window. Honestly, for my own sanity–because I will be a psycho if I try to do this. You are a saint!!!

  43. sandra says:

    totally cute! you are fabulous (sorry about the burns)!!

  44. grace says:

    send me a couple dozen jars of that, would ya? it’s obviously right up my alley. 🙂
    p.s. you’re a superstar.

  45. Reeni says:

    These are super cute! I think you’re pretty awesome for making all of them yourself!!

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  47. Johanna GGG says:

    yep very cute – did you buy the labels – they are gorgeous

  48. cute and yummy – perfect combination!

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