Homemade Spiced Apple Butter

Sharing our favorite Homemade Instant Pot Spiced Apple Butter, because it’s the end of October and I can’t think of a better way to end the month than with something this delicious. All it needs is a few simple ingredients. Fresh apples tossed in your instant pot with apple cider, boiled cider, lemon juice, brown sugar, white sugar, and just a little bit of apple pie spice, then pressure cooked, blended, and cooked again to create the creamiest, most amazing apple butter ever! It’s light and airy with strong Fall flavors, and warming autumn spices. It’s perfect for a chilly Fall morning, and best enjoyed when generously smeared on your favorite apple or pumpkin baked goods!

apple butter in a glass jar on a white plate with flowers

About The Recipe

This is one of my favorite Fall recipes ever. It goes with so much and it’s SO easy to make! I don’t think I could ever tire of it. From breakfast, to cocktails, to desserts…this is definitely the ultimate treat.

But, I’ll be honest, apple butter isn’t something that I had ever heard of until a few short years ago.

I was at a local fair with my mom and a friend in North Carolina when I first encountered it. I saw a giant sign that said, “Apple Butter”. My immediate reaction was, “what the heck is an apple butter?”.

At first, I thought it was traditional butter with apples stirred into it or something. There was a huge line for it so, it must be good…but we kept walking and looking at all the booths.

We actually kept winding back towards the apple butter signs so, I eventually asked the question that had been on my mind that entire day. What is an apple butter?

apple butter in a jar with a spoon dripping some into it

Low and behold, my mom explained to me what it was. I understood the appeal immediately and asked to buy some.

Somehow, I actually waited until we got home to try it. But after one little taste…it was truly love at first bite.

I think I put it on everything I ate while we were there! And, you guys know me, the first thing I did when we got home was ask my mom how to make it.

Now, we are sharing it with all of you! This is the easiest and ultimate apple butter recipe ever.

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Apple Cider
  • Boiled Cider
  • Apple Pie Spice
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
apple cider, apples, lemon juice, boiled cider, apple pie spice, brown sugar, and sugar on a marble counter

Instructions

Peel, core, and chop the apples!

chopped apples in a glass bowl

Now, put all the ingredients in the instant pot and mix well. You could also do this in a large bowl before putting it in the instant pot.

Close the instant pot and set to, “pressure cook” on high for ten minutes.

cooked apples in an instant pot

Transfer the apples into a blender and blend on high until smooth. You may need to do this in batches so, have a bowl handy to dump the blended apples into!

Once all the apples and it’s juice has been blended, place back into the instant pot. Cook on low sauté function, stirring frequently, for about 45 minutes, until butter is thick and mounds on a spoon.

Let cool and transfer into a jar!

What To Serve With Apple Butter

Oh, the best thing about this butter is that it literally is melt-in-your-mouth good. It can pretty much go with anything! But, here are a few recipes to get you started:

How To Store

Okay, so…this recipe makes a lot of butter. You’re gonna have leftovers! The best way to store this is in a large airtight container, or a couple of large glass jars. From there, put it in the fridge and it’ll keep for over a month!

Substitutions

  • We used Pink Lady apples for this recipe. Feel free to use your favorite baking apple!
  • Cinnamon can be used in place of apple pie spice.
  • We used our Homemade Boiled Cider, but feel free to use store-bought!
apple butter in a jar with flowers, a white plate, a gold spoon, and apples behind

Expert Tips

  • You don’t have to have an instant pot to make this. We included stovetop instructions in the recipe card! It’s just the instant pot is a much easier way to make it.
  • You may need heat resistant gloves when sautéing the apple butter.
  • This recipe is vegan and gluten free!

When you make this Homemade Spiced Apple Butter, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

apple butter on a white plate with flowers and a gold spoon

Homemade Spiced Apple Butter

Traci
Sweet, creamy, loaded with warming spice, smooth, and SO. GOOD. This Homemade Spiced Apple Butter is the only thing you need this Fall!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 192
Calories 16 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 5 pounds apples. peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon apple pie spice
  • 1 ¼ cups apple cider
  • ½ cup boiled cider
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

Instant Pot

  • Combine all ingredients in Instant Pot.
  • Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes.
  • Release pressure.
  • Working in batches, transfer apple mixture to blender.
  • Pureé.
  • Return to Instant Pot.
  • Cook on low sauté, stirring frequently, for 45 minutes, or until pureé mounds on spoon.

Stove Top

  • Combine all ingredients in a 6 quart stock pot.
  • Cook over medium low heat until apple are soft, about 35 minutes.
  • Working in batches, transfer apple mixture to blender.
  • Pureé.
  • Return to stock pot.
  • Cook over medium low heat for 45, stirring frequently, until thickened.

Notes

Substitutions:
  • We used Pink Lady apples for this recipe. Feel free to use your favorite baking apple!
  • Cinnamon can be used in place of apple pie spice.
  • We used our Homemade Boiled Cider, but feel free to use store-bought!
Expert Tips:
  • You don't have to have an instant pot to make this. We included stovetop instructions in the recipe card! It's just the instant pot is a much easier way to make it.
  • You may need heat resistant gloves when sautéing the apple butter.
  • This recipe is vegan and gluten free!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 16kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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