Caramelized Honey Apple Butter

Posted on: September 23, 2022. Updated on: July 11, 2023.

by Carolina Gelen

Flavored with deep, caramelized honey and apple butter, this rich, sweet compound butter is the perfect way to start a meal.

If you can’t find apple butter at your local grocery store, you can still make this: simply cook down a bunch of apple sauce, mixed with a dash of cinnamon and sugar to taste, until the mixture becomes jammy, and dark brown. That will be your homemade apple butter to use in this recipe!

Want to keep the appetizers dairy-free or parve? Use vegan butter for an equally delicious result.

Caramelized Honey Apple Butter

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Servings: 12
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 minutes


  • 1/4 cup (84 g) honey, plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup (83 g) store-bought apple butter
  • 2 sticks (226 g) room temperature butter (use vegan butter for a parve option)


  1. Add the honey to a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant and darker in color. Mix in the apple butter, and cook for 30 to 45 more seconds. Pour the honey and apple butter mixture and set aside to cool.
  2. Mix the room temperature butter in a bowl, using an electric or stand mixer. Add the cooled apple butter honey mixture and whip until combined.
  3. Serve the butter at room temperature, with a drizzle of honey and flaky salt on top.
  4. Store in the fridge, up to a week and a half, or in the freezer, up to a few months.

Carolina Gelen

I speak 5 languages, but my favorite way to communicate is through the universal language of food. I translate food to be more approachable and accessible for the everyday cook. I didn't grow up with a lot, so I’ve always loved thrifting and finding a good sale. That also shapes my approach to cooking: I try to make most of my recipes as affordable as possible, and that is what my SCRAPS newsletter is about. Every two weeks I will send an exclusive recipe to your inbox. Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website.

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4 thoughts on "Caramelized Honey Apple Butter"

  1. Johnna says:

    Looks amazing!
    Could I use maple syrup or agave instead of honey? Thanks!

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Johnna, absolutely, those would work just as well 🙂

  2. Maggie Flint says:

    I love the simplicity of your recipes! Thank you so much for sharing!