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Homemade Spiced Apple Butter

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

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.


  • 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!


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.