Slow Cooker Homestyle Apple Pear Sauce with Amaretto

Slow Cooker Homestyle Apple Pear Sauce with Amaretto is a perfect blend of apples, pears and a touch of amaretto for sweetness and a light almond flavor. Move over grandma; your traditional applesauce just got kicked up a notch.

Apple Pear Sauce with Amaretto

You guys, it’s apple season! Can you feel the slight chill in the air and the warm scent of cinnamon that is just about everywhere? Yeah, me either but I’m hopeful that it will happen soon. Even though it’s September, today in Illinois where I live the temperatures are supposed to be in the 90’s with a heat index in the 100’s. UGH! Oh well. Since there’s nothing I can do about the outside temperatures, I might as well make it feel like fall on the inside and cook up a batch of Slow Cooker Homestyle Apple Pear Sauce with Amaretto.

Boozy Apple Pear Sauce

There are a few things that make this applesauce different than the kind grandma used to make. The first (and tastiest) difference is the addition of the amaretto. The second difference is that it’s made in a slow cooker (grandma only wishes she had such conveniences, depending on how old your grandma is, or course. LOL). Third is that it’s a mash-up of apples and pears, and the fourth and final difference is that I left the peels on the fruit so they could impart all their vitamins and nutrients to the sauce. Of course, if you’re not a fan of leaving the peels on, by all means, take them off and continue with the recipe as written. Either way, you’ll have an amazingly flavorful sauce that tastes just like fall in a bowl.

Apple Pear Sauce Recipe

Since I know you’ll love the flavor of this apple pear sauce as much as we do, might I suggest you use it in all sorts of sweet and savory dishes? What about slathering it all over a pork roast or some pork chops during the last 30 minutes of cooking? Why not consider using it in tarts, pies or turnovers, and by all means don’t forget to use it in muffin and cake mixes in place of oil and butter to hold down the calorie count, and yet still impart all it’s lovely fall flavor? YUM! Anywhere you’d use traditional applesauce, use this instead. You’ll be happy you did!

Apple Pear Sauce Recipe for the Slow Cooker

Let’s get busy making the Slow Cooker Homestyle Apple Pear Sauce with Amaretto. Follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll be enjoying this sauce before you know it!

Wash the apples and pears. Rough chop the fruit into approximately 2″ pieces and discard the cores.

How to make apple pear sauce.

Place the chopped fruit in a 5-7 quart slow cooker, along with salt, butter, honey, cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg.

Making apple pear sauce.

Add a splash of Amaretto and lemon zest. Stir to combine.

Slow Cooker Apple Pear Sauce Recipe

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours until soft. Mash if desired to break up larger chunks of fruit. Cool, chill and serve.

Directions for making apple pear sauce.

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Apple Pear Sauce Recipe for the Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker Homestyle Apple Pear Sauce with Amaretto
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
Not your grandma's applesauce. This is a mix of apples, pears, and a splash of amaretto.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 cups
Author: Renée - Kudos Kitchen
  • 7 medium/large apples I used Gala, skin on (if desired), core removed, and chopped into 2" chunks
  • 3 large Bartlett pears skin on (if desired), core removed, and chopped into 2" chunks
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons amaretto
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  1. Place all the ingredients into a 5-7 quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for approximately 6 hours.
  3. Uncover and mash if desired.
  4. Cool and serve.
Recipe Notes

Peeling the apples and pears is always an option, if desired.

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  1. I’ve been meaning to make my own applesauce, and this recipe sounds like a keeper — love the step by step photos!

  2. :Move over, Grandma!” Ha! I got a kick outta that! This looks scrumptious and really easy to make! That added amaretto? Brilliant!

  3. That sounds absolutely heavenly!

  4. Oh wow, this sauce sounds incredibly delicious!!

  5. This is totally my kind of applesauce! So fun for a fall girls’ night in!

  6. The amaretto in this is AMAZING! Have to try this one soon!

  7. Whoa! This looks so good! I need to be making this!

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