Easy Crock Pot Cranberry Butter

Crock Pot Cranberry Butter is an impossibly silky, tangy fruit butter that is made right in the slow cooker ~ you’ll want to slather this easy cranberry jam on toast, scones, biscuits, muffins, turkey sandwiches ~ and be sure to can some for holiday gifts!

crock pot cranberry butter in jars, with spoon

This zingy crock pot cranberry butter has the most amazing crimson color and silky texture.

While normally fruit butters are a time consuming project with a lot of stove side babysitting involved, in this recipe I’ve let the crock pot do all the work of cooking and reducing fresh cranberries down into a very potent thick spread. All you need to do is puree and strain. The result is truly unique.

making crock pot cranberry buter

This recipe makes 2 cups of cranberry butter, but what it lacks in volume it more than makes up for in silky texture and powerful flavor.

A little goes a long way, and a cup of this stuff would be a fine gift. Use it on biscuits, scones, or add it to a cheese plate. Use it as a glaze for grilled chicken or pork,or on sandwiches. You can make creative holiday cocktails with a dab of this, too.

crock pot cranberry butter in small jars, stacked

As an added bonus you’ll get an all day holiday scent filling your kitchen. If you want to try other fruit butters, my Cranberry Apple Butter is a little less tart than this one. My Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter is a great choice too.

Reader Rave ~

“Okay so I love my cranberry sauce and eat it through the holidays but now that I have found this recipe I have already made it twice and had it devoured each time, maybe a little more by myself than my family. Lol. I may just need to make this once a month because it is wonderful!” ~Trey

3.57 from 293 votes

Crockpot Cranberry Butter

Crock Pot Cranberry Butter is a tangy fruit butter that is made right in the crock pot ~ you'll want to slather it on toast, scones, biscuits, muffins, turkey sandwiches ~ and so much more!
Course condiment, preserves
Cuisine American
Cook Time 4 hours
Yield 2 cups
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 12-oz bags of cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup apple cider


  • Put all the ingredients in a crockpot and stir to combine well. Turn on high. Let it cook for about 2 hours or until the cranberries are soft.
  • Remove the cinnamon stick and puree the mixture in a food processor. Do this in two batches. Be careful as the mixture is hot, I cover the top opening of the machine with a dish cloth. Let the machine run for a full minute to puree the cranberries very finely.
  • Force the cranberry puree through a mesh sieve or strainer. Push forcefully with the back of a spoon to get as much cranberry puree as you can. Discard the solids.
  • Pour the puree back into the crockpot. Turn the crockpot to high, and leave the lid ajar. Cook until thickened, approximately another 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Put the cranberry butter into clean jars with tight fitting lids and let cool. Store in the refrigerator and consume within a month.
  • If you would like to can this recipe, spoon the hot mixture into sterile jars and boil in a water bath canner for 15 minutes.
  • Makes about 2 cups.

Cook's notes

Be sure to remove the cinnamon stick before pureeing the cooked cranberries...I learned the hard way!
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


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    January 21, 2022 at 11:00 am

    I love orange cranberry, could you add some orange in place of the apple cider? Or, do you ha e another suggestion?

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      Sue Moran
      January 21, 2022 at 11:04 am

      Yes, you can play around with this in lots of ways. Orange juice would be perfect. You can also spice it up with some cinnamon or other spices.

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    December 5, 2021 at 10:12 am

    I love this recipe snd I LOVE LOVE this cranberry butter. I have made it the last two holidays and gave it as gifts last year and am doing it again this year. It is gorgeous in jars and perfectly tart, sweet, and silky on toasted bread, in oatmeal, and on sandwiches!! THANK YOU for my favorite holiday tradition!!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 5, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Happy Holidays Vicki <3

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    December 1, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    5 stars
    Have this in my crockpot right now doing its final thickening. I wanted to have enough to give as gifts so I used 5 bags of cranberries, and increased the other ingredients accordingly. I used the food grinder on my Kitchen Aid mixer after removing the cinnamon sticks and it all came out very smooth. It sure smells good! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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