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Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe – Amish Country Quality

If you love apples or applesauce, this Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe will knock your socks off!

For those that have never had apple butter, it isn’t butter at all. It is a spiced apple puree that is used primarily as a spread on bread and crackers.

It is thicker and darker than applesauce and can also be used in cookies or as a filling.

instant pot apple butter

Thick and delicious apple butter made in the Instant Pot on homemade French Bread

But I have to warn you, it is addicting!!!

I first had apple butter at a popular restaurant in a primarily Amish community.  They had it on the table in a plastic jar for anyone to enjoy.

Of course, as soon as they brought out the homemade bread, I dove in! It was soooooo good.

I have been making it ever since in the crockpot, but that took hours upon hours.

instant pot apple butter

I prefer to peel my apples but you can keep the peels on!

I pulled out the Instant Pot and knew I could make it in the time. In fact, Instant Pot Apple Butter takes only 8 minutes of actual cooking time!

An additional 15-30 minutes on saute to allow it to thicken and it is done.

instant pot apple butter

Apples cooked in just 8 minutes!

So what used to take me 12 hours to make now takes under one hour!!!!!

This means that I no longer have to make a large batch and can it in mason jars. Any time that I run out, have a craving for it, or want to give it as a gift, I can make it fresh.

Making Instant Pot Apple Butter Preferences

I choose to peel my apples, but this isn’t necessary. The immersion blender will make the peels disappear right into the smooth spread.

instant pot apple butter

An immersion blender is one of the best investments that you can make!

You can easily core and cut your apples using this Apple Corer/Slicer product.

And for the amount of sugar required – the recipe provides a guideline. You can decrease or increase depending on your taste.

I like to use sweet apples, so I use between 1/4-1/2 cup of brown sugar. However, you can eliminate the sugar all together or use a sugar substitute.

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Yield: 2 cups

Amish Apple Butter Recipe

instant pot apple butter

Amish apple butter than can be used as a delicious spread for toast and crackers and can also be used as a marinade and as a filling for cookies and tarts.


  • 6 sweet apples
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or pure apple juice
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Peel, core and slice each apple into 8 slices.
  2. Place all the ingredients into the Instant Pot and stir to coat apples.
  3. Using the manual setting (pressure cook) set at high pressure for 8 minutes with the valve sealed. When the time has run out, turn off and allow for natural pressure release.
  4. Take off the lid and remove cinnamon stick.
  5. Use an immersion blender until mixture becomes smooth. You could also use a food processor or a blender filled to no more than half full.
  6. Turn Instant Pot to sauté and push the adjust button to LESS. Simmer until thickened to desired consistency – approximately 15-30 minutes.
  7. Turn off and let apple butter cool completely.
  8. Store in an air tight container.
  9. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 6 months.


Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

Kimberly Hunt

Monday 25th of March 2019

I am going to try this. We make ours in a huge copper kettle over a fire. But I always run out. Also we put some anise spice in it. Thanks for this recipe.


Wednesday 27th of March 2019

You can't beat kettle apple butter, but this is an excellent small batch substitution.


Friday 23rd of February 2018

Cinnamon and a cinnamon stick? I don't keep cinnamon sticks on hand. Any suggestion for a substitution.


Sunday 25th of February 2018

You can just add a little more cinnamon instead of using a cinnamon stick.

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