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Spoonful of apple butter over a full mason jar of apple butter sitting on a table with a yellow plate full of buttermilk biscuits

Instant Pot No Peel Apple Butter

  • Author: Katelyn
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


The easiest no peel apple butter is made in your instant pot! A smooth, sweet, perfectly spiced apple puree. Spoon apple butter over a warm, buttery biscuit, a bowl of vanilla ice cream or use it to create a fun fall cocktail.Β 


  • 5 lbs freshly picked apples
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (light brown sugar is fine if that is all you have)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom


  1. Go to an apple orchard and pick 5 lbs of apples! OK, they don’t actually need to be freshly picked from an orchard, but that definitely makes it way more fun! πŸ™‚Β 
    sky top orchard bag full of apples sitting on top of scale with 5 lbs 2 oz on the display sitting next two a teal instant pot
  2. Core your apples and chop into small chunks. They don’t need to be uniform.
    hand on apple corer pressing into an apple on wood cutting board next to other cored apples and zester and juicer with scale and instant pot in the backgroundwood cutting board with cored green and red apple with knife chopping one of the apples and some lemon zest in the corner
  3. Add the chopped apples to your instant pot along with the lemon zest and lemon juice.
    Instant pot filled with chopped red, yellow, and green apples with lemon zest on top
  4. Mix the granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom in a mixing bowl.Β 
  5. Pour this mixture and 1 cup of water over your apples in the instant pot. Stir it all up until thoroughly combined.Β 
  6. Set you instant pot pressure cook setting to high and let cook for 45 minutes.
  7. Manually allow the steam to release and transfer the apple mixture to a blender.Β 
  8. Blend on the highest speed for at least 3 minutes to ensure all the apple peels are broken down.
  9. Return the apple butter to the instant pot and change the settings to the slow cook function on the high setting. Make sure the lid is set to the venting position to allow some of the steam to escape and cook for an additional 45 minutes. This will help the apple butter thicken.Β 


  • Ok to freeze or store in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.Β 
  • Can be made with a slow cooker if you don’t have an instant pot. Cook on high for at least 6 hours, remove the lid for the last 30 minutes to allow the apple butter to thicken.
  • Mason jars filled with apple butter make great inexpensive gifts!Β 
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1.5 hours
  • Category: Spreads
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple butter, instant pot, no peel

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