spoonful of apple butter showing thickness of spread

Cranberry Apple Butter

Cranberry Apple Butter takes the classic rich flavors of apple butter and adds a punch of tart flavor with fresh cranberries!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberries, Thanksgiving, Christmas, applesauce, crockpot express, pressure cooking, crockpot, slow cooker, apple, fall, dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Slow Cook (2nd cook) 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 38kcal
Author Nicole Burkholder



  • 5-6 apples peeled, cored and cut into large chunks
  • 1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar or honey optional


  • Add apple chunks, cranberries, orange juice and cinnamon directly to the pressure cooker pot. (no need to stir)
  • Close and lock the lid, turning the steam release valve to closed. Press Steam and adjust the time down to 5 minutes (high pressure.) Press Start/Stop.
  • When the cook cycle has ended, allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then open the the steam release valve to remove any remaining pressure in the pot.
  • Open and stir the mixture, breaking apart any leftover chunks. Taste for desired sweetness. If necessary, stir in honey or sugar while it's still warm in the pot. Add in small increments until desired sweetness is reached.
  • Use an immersion blender to mix until completely smooth, or strain through a wire mesh strainer to remove any chunks.
  • Return to the pressure cooker and press Slow Cook. Set the time for 8-12 hours on high. Press Start/Stop. NOTE: if using a standard slow cooker rather than an electric pressure cooker on the slow cook setting, set the slow cooker to LOW instead of high.
  • When finished cooking, spoon into jars and store in the refrigerator. It will continue to thicken some as it cools.
    Yields about 1 1/2 pints of apple butter.


Nutrition information includes the optional 1/2 cup of sugar


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg