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Slow Cooker Pear Butter: An Easy Pear Recipe

an open jar of pear butter with a silver spoon dipped inside. A fresh pear rests in  the background.
Homemade Pear Butter

This Crock Pot pear butter recipe is so simple I’m almost ashamed to post it, almost.  I have 2 large slow cookers (5 1/2 to 6 quart) and I used them to their fullest.

Crock Pot Pear Butter


  • Pears
  • 1 cup water
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Peel, core, and slice enough fresh pears to fill both (2) crocks FULL.  Add 1 cup of water and the juice of 1 lemon into each pot.

a bowl of freshly picked pears, flour, cinnamon, and a lemon
Pear Butter Ingredients

Cook on low until tender (I put mine on to cook in the morning and by mid-afternoon they were soft).  Smash soft pears until it resembles applesauce (I used an emulsion blender).  Add sugar (or sweetener) and cinnamon if you like (I put 1 cup of sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon to each pot).

At this point, my pears had reduced enough to combine into one crock (it was full).  Leave the pears in the Crock Pot on low overnight.  In the morning the sauce should have reduced to about half and become a beautiful dark color.  Taste, if it has the flavor you like you are ready to can.  If not, add sugar and cinnamon until you have the taste that pleases your family.  Place pear butter in hot jars and process in a water bath canner for 20 minutes.