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Instant Pot Apple Butter

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Made with tangy Granny Smith apples, molasses, brown sugar, and fall spices, this Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe is sweet, creamy and delicious! It’s perfect for toast, pancakes, waffles, bagels, and more. Making pressure cooker apple butter has never been easier!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe?

  • It’s Way Cheaper. This apple mixture is cheaper homemade and definitely worth it if you want to save some moolah.
  • Tastes Better. With fresh ingredients and spices, homemade apple butter is packed with sweet, creamy flavor that just can’t be beat with any store bought jar.
  • Quick. Using my Instant Pot, I can have delicious apple butter in less than an hour! Recipes like this used to take hours, and now I can quickly whip it up.
Instant Pot Apple Butter

Recipe Ingredients

For creamy apple butter, you’ll need a variety of spices, sugars, and of course apples.

  • Apples: Sweet and tart apples provide the base and natural sweetness for the apple butter, lending a smooth and fruity flavor that is rich and satisfying.
  • Molasses: Adds a deep and robust sweetness to the apple butter, enhancing its caramel-like taste and giving it a unique depth of flavor.
  • Sugar: Helps to sweeten the apple butter, balancing the tartness of the apples and creating a deliciously sweet spread.
  • Vanilla: Infuses the apple butter with a warm and aromatic flavor, adding a subtle richness that complements the natural sweetness of the apples.
  • Lemon juice: Brings a touch of acidity to the apple butter, balancing the sweetness and brightening the overall flavor profile.
  • Spices (Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice): Introduce a warm and comforting aroma to the apple butter, creating a delightful blend of flavors that enhance and complement the natural sweetness of the apples.
Instant Pot Apple Butter

How To Make Instant Pot Apple Butter

Making your own homemade apple butter in your Instant Pot is actually really easy. With just a little prep work, the Instant Pot works its magic.

Step 1: Peel And Cut The Apples

Peel all of your apples. Then, cut the apples into quarters or apple slices and remove the core. Place cut apples in your Instant Pot.

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Step 2: Add All The Ingredients

Then, add all the rest of the ingredients into the Instant Pot. Mix to incorporate everything.

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Step 3: Pressure Cook

Place the lid on your Instant Pot, put the pressure valve into the sealing position, and hit your manual or pressure cook button. Set the time for 20 minutes.

Step 4: Naturally Release

Once the time is up and your Instant Pot beeps, let the Instant Pot completely naturally release the pressure. You don’t need to do anything. Just let it sit and the pressure will release on it’s own in about 20-30 minutes.

Step 5: Blend The Apple Butter

Next, pour everything from your Instant Pot into the blender and blend it until smooth. Place your apple butter in mason jars.

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Instant Pot Apple Butter

Storage Instructions

  • Fridge: Transfer freshly made apple butter into clean, airtight containers and refrigerate for 2-3 weeks.
  • Freeze: Apple butter freezes well. Use freezer safe containers,after pressure cooking. You can freeze apple butter for 5-6 months.
  • Thawing: Move frozen apple butter to the refrigerator for overnight thawing or place in cold water for quicker thawing, ensuring it’s well mixed before use.
  • Canning: Sterilize jars, fill with hot apple butter leaving 1/4 inch headspace, remove air bubbles, apply lids, process in boiling water according to altitude guidelines, cool, check seals, and store in a cool, dark place for up to a year. Be sure to follow the USDA Canning Guidelines

How To Use Apple Butter?

  • Spread on Toast or Bread: Use apple butter as a spread on toast, bread, bagels, or Muffins for a flavorful and comforting breakfast or snack.
  • Mix into Yogurt or Oatmeal: Stir apple butter into yogurt or oatmeal to add sweetness and flavor. It provides a delicious twist to your morning routine.
  • Top Pancakes or Waffles: Drizzle apple butter over Pancakes or waffles instead of traditional syrup for a unique and tasty topping.
  • Pair with Cheese: Serve apple butter alongside cheese as a condiment or dip. It pairs particularly well with sharp cheddar, brie, or goat cheese. You can also dip sliced apples into your apple butter.
  • Use in Baking: Incorporate apple butter into baked goods such as muffins, cakes, Cookies, and bars to add moisture, sweetness, and flavor.
  • Glaze for Meat: Use smooth apple butter as a glaze for grilled or roasted meat such as Pork Chops, Chicken, or Turkey. It adds a sweet and tangy flavor to savory dishes.


Will Apple Butter Thicken as It Cools?

Apple butter thickens as it cools. If your making apple butter and it looks runny, don’t worry because it will thicken. If you find it is still too thin after it has cooled, you can simmer it on the stove until it reaches your desired thickness.

What if My Apple Butter Is Too Thick?

If the apple butter is too thick for your liking, you can thin it out by adding small amounts of applesauce to it until it reaches your desired consistency.

Can I Blend My Apple Butter

Yes, if your apple butter is too thick, simply use an immersion blender for a few seconds to make the apple butter smooth. The finished apple butter will be smooth and thick.

Best Apples For Apple Butter

We like to use granny smith or golden delicious apples for our apple butter. However most apples will work well with this recipe.

Instant Pot Apple Butter

Instant Pot Apple Butter

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This delicious and tasty apple sauce is so good. Easy to cook in t he instant pot and a great recipe


  • 4 lbs. of Granny Smith apples
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of molasses
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of all spice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla


  1. Peel and quarter the apple, remove apple core. Place in the instant pot 
  2. Add all other ingredients and mix. 
  3. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes and let naturally release pressure. 
  4. Open and stir. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth. 
  5. Place in jars and enjoy  
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

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