I have to share this; it's too awesomely delicious to keep to myself. I've never made apple butter before, so took several recipes off the internet and combined them to get this:
Fall In A Spoon Apple Butter (a slow cooker recipe)
16-20 apples, cored, peeled, sliced (I used a mix of Honeycrisp, Opalescent, and Ginger Gold)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp salt (okay, probably 1/8 tsp)
--Put all the apple slices in a very large bowl that will allow for ample stirring and tossing. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla, mix well, repeat with remaining 1/2 tsp.
--Combine remaining ingredients, blend well. Pour over apples, toss well.
--Pour apples into crockpot (mine is 6 quart), cover with lid.
--Turn on high for 1 hour.
--Reduce heat to low, cook covered for 10 hours.
--Remove lid, turn to high, cook for 1 hour or until it's not too liquidy. Periodically use a whisk to break up remaining apple pieces.
Voila! It's done, your house smells exquisite, and Fall is bursting on your tongue in a symphony of abundant sweet spice. I hear it can be frozen; we ate alot of it (testing is imperative to the creative process), and then canned the rest, yielding 8 preserved cups. If you haven't canned before, a fantastically helpful site is Pick Your Own. We refer to it regularly.