I’ve learned I need to have a few hostess gifts on hand at all times. Not because we’re the constant party-hopping kind of people, but because parties seem to pop up when we’re at our busiest.
I love giving canned goods as hostess gifts as I can whip up a batch of something delicious, like applesauce or jam, on a day off and it lasts for ages tucked away on a shelf so we can still be prepared for those last minute fetes. For me, a good hostess gift makes a small, thoughtful gesture. I’m a firm believer that they shouldn’t cost a ton of money!
This homemade apple butter is just the ticket. I got a massive box of apple “seconds” at our local farmer’s market for cheap and whipped up a huge crockpot worth of apple butter – almost a triple batch of what you’ll find below! It’s so easy – all you really need to do is peel and chop your apples, then kick back, relax and let your crockpot do the work. Things get even easier if you have a countertop apple corer and peeler.
To make the gifts even more personal, I wrapped them with twine and topped them with these cute labels I made. It’s the perfect touch to make sure your gift is special.
Just in case you whip up a batch of apple butter and want some labels, I’ve attached some printables at the bottom of this post! I made them to fit a 2.5″ circle label which fit perfectly on the lid of these pretty Quattro Stagioni canning jars.
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Homemade Apple Butter Recipe
Homemade apple butter is the perfect hostess gift! Plus, it’s super easy because it’s made in your slowcooker!
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Snack
- Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or until apples are tender and falling apart.
- Blend apples until smooth in a blender or with an immersion blender. Return to slow cooker and cook on high for 1-2 hours, until thick. Stir occasionally.
- Canning instructions (optional): Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Pour apple butter into sterilized jars, making sure to wipe away any splatters from the jar rims. Leave 1/4″ of head space. Seal and boil for 15 minutes. If not canned, apple butter lasts about 1 week in the fridge.
Download the free printable homemade apple butter labels: