Apple Butter (easiest one around!)

By December 19, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie Brody.

We live in an area surrounded by 40+ orchards/farms.  During a recent trip to the local farmers market I bought a peck of Fuji apples.  On a whim I decided to try apple butter in my Instant Pot.  Couldn’t have asked for an easier way to make it!  I’ve made it several times and it’s a no fail way to make apple butter with the least amount of effort!

I used one of those hand utensils that core and section the apple, very easy to use.  I then cut each section in half. NO need to even peel the apples!


  • Fill your inner pot to the line with apples.
  • Add 1 cup water.
  • Put the inner pot into the Instant Pot.  Put on the lid, plug in and set Instant Pot to steam setting.  Adjust time to 4 minutes using the + and – buttons.
  • When you hear the beeps indicating it’s done, just leave it.  Let the pressure return to normal on its own.
  • Open lid and using an immersion blender, blend until it reaches apple butter consistency.
  • Put in cinnamon, sugar (I use Splenda) to taste.  You can also add a touch of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice, whatever your tastebuds tell you would be to your taste.
  • Put into containers, or into canning jars with new lids, and into a waterbath for 25 minutes.
  • This is a great holiday breakfast treat on fresh baked bread, or over pancakes and waffles.


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8 Responses to “Apple Butter (easiest one around!)”

  1. Dianne says:

    Ladies, I have been making apple butter for a little over 40 years and it was the way my grandmother taught me, in a large pot on the stove or a copper kettle over an open fire. . . hours of stirring but the outcome was well worth the labor. . . a smooth, thick, dark brown heavenly apple pudding like mix. Of course we were making extremely large batches for several families for a year. I now have a new pressure cooker and am excited to make some this new way. From reading all your posts, I think to achieve a true apple butter you will have to cook longer than the 4,5 or 6 minutes. Maybe start in the pressure cooker and finish in slow cooker on high with the lid off. No steam build-up because you want it to thicken.When I get to try this new way, I will share the results and comparison to my original old-time style.


  2. Tom says:

    How long will this last in fridge?


  3. Marlene says:

    This is not apple butter as I know it but rather applesauce. Isn’t apple utter thicker, cooked 24 or more hours


    Donna Reply:

    Thank you for your feedback Marlene.


  4. Marie says:

    Thank you for the recipe. I am going to try it and send some to my mother. She loves apple butter. And, like yourself, I live in an area full of orchards (Washington State). I do have only one concern. I am probably going to leave out the peels due to any type of sprayed orchard residue left on the apples. Anyway, I cannot wait to try it. Maybe I will make salted caramel apple butter flavor !!!???


  5. Rae says:

    Try 1 cup sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Mix well. Then taste it. If it is sweet to your taste, leave it. If not, add more a bit at a time and taste. It is ready when you like it.


  6. dz5003 says:

    Could you add the amount of cinnamon & sugar to the recipe? I have never made – or even eaten Apple Butter (I don’t eat apples) so I have NO idea how much cinnamon and sugar to add – “to taste” doesn’t help me at all.


    Shawna Reply:

    To taste would be however sweet you like it. Put as much or as little in to make it how you feel it tastes the best.


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