This very hands off and easy Apple Butter recipe comes together in about an hour and doesn’t require any special kitchen tools like food mill or crockpot.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the apples with the melted butter and apple cider vinegar in a large 12 inch baking dish and spread into an even layer.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the two sugars, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt. Sprinkle over the apples and toss until all the apples are coated with the mixture.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, tossing halfway through, or until the apple pieces are so soft that they fall apart when poked. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
To create a chunky butter, use a potato masher or large fork to smash the apples into a chunky butter. To create a smooth butter, carefully transfer the apples (along with all the juices) to a blender and blend on low until smooth (don't turn the mixture up too high and keep the lid loose so that the steam can escape since the mixture will be hot.)
Taste your apple butter to decide if it's the consistency you'd like it. If you'd like it thicker, transfer to a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often, until desired consistency is reached.
Serve right away or let cool completely before transferring to an airtight container and storing in the fridge for up to 3 days.