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An easy Instant Pot version of classic Apple Butter: a delicious, warming apple spread, caramelized and spiced with cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time38 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy apple butter recipe, homemade apple butter, how to make apple butter
Servings: 48 oz
Calories: 39kcal


  • 5 pounds apples, cored, and cut into wedges (peel is optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider, (NOT apple cider vinegar, but you can use pure apple juice if you don't have apple cider)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  • Place apples into the Instant Pot and stir in the lemon juice.
  • To the apples, add sugars, apple cider, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla; stir around until well combined.
  • Secure the lid. Set the valve to sealing.
  • Set to Pressure Cook on HIGH for 8 minutes.
  • When cooking time is up, allow Natural Pressure Release for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the lid.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the apple mixture until smooth. You can also use a high-powered blender or a food processor to blend the apples, but do it in batches and return blended apples back to the IP.
  • Turn Instant Pot to Saute and press the MINUS button to set it to LESS.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer; continue to cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until thickened to desired consistency.
  • Turn OFF the IP, but let the apple butter completely cool inside the IP.
  • Once cooled, spoon the apple butter into an airtight container and keep refrigerated for 3 weeks.
  • You can also freeze it for up to 6 months.
  • If you want to CAN the Apple Butter, use Ball’s Canning Guides for step-by-step directions.


Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg