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Instant Pot Apple Butter

This apple butter recipe made in an Instant Pot takes less than an hour to prepare, but tastes like it's been simmering all day.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 cups
Calories 24kcal
Author Ryan Beck


  • 5 lbs apples, peeled and chopped
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Place the chopped apples, sugars, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt in an Instant Pot and stir to combine.
  • Turn Instant Pot to “Manual” and pressure cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow to natural release for 10 minutes before releasing any remaining pressure. The apple butter should be thick and dark brown.
  • Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Set Instant Pot to Sauté and press the minus (-) button to adjust to "Less." Cook until desired consistency is reached, about 5-10 minutes.


  • Using undamaged apples is important. Otherwise it will likely deteriorate quickly.
  • Use the freshest apples possible. I make mine when apples are in season. Good thing is it will last for 2 years if sealed properly.
  • You can keep the skin on if you want to save some time and hassle of peeling apples.
  • For the smooth consistency you expect, an immersion blender is easiest to use but if you don't have one, just transfer everything to a blender or food processor.
  • If canning, always use clean, sterilized jars. If they aren’t clean, bacteria will build up and all your hard work will be for not.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g