These easy recipes were developed especially to work with your favorite homemade apple butter! If you made a big batch but are wondering what to do with it, look no further: We've got you covered with appetizers, muffins, cakes, breakfast ideas, and more.
Fall is finally here, there's a delightful chill in the air, and you turned those u-picked apples into a big, beautiful batch of homemade apple butter.
But even after a few days of slathering it on toast or crusty bread and adding a scoop to your oatmeal or ice cream, you still somehow have SO. MUCH. LEFT. So...now what?
These recipes are perfect for using up those leftovers (or, y'know, the perfect excuse to whip up a brand new batch).
First: Choose your apple butter
All of recipes on this list were developed especially to work with both our original stovetop apple butter recipe and this slow cooker version. You can use fresh, refrigerated, or previously frozen apple butter (if there's a jar from last fall hiding in the back of your freezer, you can definitely defrost it and use it in these recipes!)
We have also tested these recipes with store bought apple butter and plain ol' applesauce. And don't worry if you're missing something: Each recipe post has lots of tips to help you adapt and make substitutions to use whatever you have on hand!
Our favorite recipes
Scroll through this list for a quick overview of our best apple butter recipes, and click the big pink "see the recipe" button to visit any full recipe post (where you'll find all of the ingredients, instructions, and notes).
Fun fact: Every one of these recipes also has step-by-step photos to help you make it perfectly on the first try! Many also feature how-to videos so you can see exactly what a recipe should look like at every step.
Brie and Apple Butter Crostini
This easy fall appetizer is perfect for entertaining! Toast some baguette slices, then top each crostini with brie and a dollop of apple butter. Pop the assembled crostini into the oven until the brie just starts to melt for the perfect warm-and-cozy bite.
Apple Butter Spice Cake
This easy cake gets a punch of flavor from extra cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Topped with our favorite maple fudge frosting! Makes two 6-inch cake rounds or 12-15 cupcakes. Includes a step-by-step video.
Cheese and Charcuterie Board
Apple butter is a perfect addition to a fall cheese plate (great for Thanksgiving or entertaining!) Spoon it into a small jar, then follow our step-by-step tutorial to fill your platter with cheeses, crackers, and other accoutrements. Includes a step-by-step video.
Apple Butter Coffee Cake
This easy apple butter coffee cake is the perfect cozy addition to your fall breakfast or brunch menu! Fresh chopped apples are added to the batter for extra texture, and it's topped with a quick cinnamon and brown sugar crumble.
Apple Butter French Toast
We're adding this magic apple elixir to our French toast batter for an easy, seasonal spin on a classic! Ready in 20 minutes with a rich, custardy texture that's perfect with maple syrup or powdered sugar.