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Apple Butter

12 medium granny smith or other cooking apples peeled cored and cut into fourths
1 1/2 cups packed dark or light brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


Mix all ingredients in 5-6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat setting 8-10 hours or until apples are very tender. Mash apples with potato masher or large fork. Cook uncovered on low heat setting 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally until mixture is very thick. Cook about 2 hours. Spoon apple butter into container. Cover and store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

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