Kierra, this one’s for you.
Combine 6 large cored, peeled and sliced apples, 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice, 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon, 1.5 teaspoons ground clove, and 1 teaspoon ground cardamom in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. It doesn’t have to be oven safe, just sturdy. Stir together until the sugar coats apples and occasionally over the next few minutes while the sugar melts. Reduce to low heat and cover the pot. Cook 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. If you have an immersion blender, this is a great time to break it out; blend everything together until it has a consistency you like. You can also stir vigorously if you don’t have a stick blender. If, after hand mixing, the consistency isn’t quite what you’d like, wait until the apple butter cools and mix in a sturdy blender or food processor.
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