How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes)

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How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ fruit butters are the ultimate summer treat ~ they turn a late season glut into the silkiest, most intensely flavored spread imaginable, and help stock the larder for so many cozy fall and winter recipes to come.

What is fruit butter?

Fruit butter is fresh fruit that has been cooked thoroughly, then pureed, and cooked a little further to reduce it to a smooth spread. Often it is put through a mesh strainer to refine it further. Fruit butter differs from most jams and jellies not only because the texture is much smoother, but because there is no pectin added, the thickening comes from slowly cooking off the moisture in the fruit. A true fruit butter has a unique silky mouth feel and intense fruit flavor. Fruit butters are perfect for cooks who don’t have much experience with jam or jelly making because it’s almost foolproof. Just cook, puree, and cook some more 🙂

Intensifying flavor by reducing, or cooking down, is a time honored culinary tradition and is the secret to so many great recipes. Fruit butter illustrates this technique in its purest form.

Of all the fruit preserves, fruit butter is my favorite. Luckily, it can be made with nearly any kind of fruit ~ everything from mangoes and persimmons to figs and  cranberries. Here are some of the best fruit butter recipes to get you started…




How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ apple butter




How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ lavender butter



PLUM BUTTER ~ Savory Simple

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ plum butter



EASY PEACH BUTTER ~ Two Peas & Their Pod

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ peach butter




How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ pear butter



CRANBERRY APPLE BUTTER ~ The View From Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Sugar Cranberry Apple Butter ~




How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ BLUEBERRY BUTTER



CROCK POT PUMPKIN BUTTER ~ The View from Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Pumpkin Butter made in the slow cooker



MONKEY BUTTER ~ 12 Tomatoes

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ MONKEY BUTTER



RHUBARB BUTTER ~ The View From Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ How to make Rhubarb Butter




How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Passionfruit butter



How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ strawberry butter



BOURBON BANANA BUTTER ~ The View From Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Luscious Banana Butter


What to do with your fruit butters ~

If you need a little inspiration for using up your delicious fruit butters, try these ideas.



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  • Reply
    Kyla P
    July 24, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Would the process for making blackberry butter be similar to the blueberry? How do I accommodate for the seeds? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 24, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      Yes, it would be similar, and you can always strain out the seeds.

  • Reply
    Candy Knutson
    July 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    My Aunt used to make grape butter with home grown Oregan grapes. It was delicious and a beautiful pink color.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 16, 2021 at 4:49 am

      Very interesting, that’s one fruit I wouldn’t have thought of…I’m going to try it!

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    Diana Squibb
    July 13, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Can frozen fruit be used instead of fresh fruit in these recipes? Thanks.

    • Reply
      July 13, 2020 at 11:33 am

      Yes, that will work fine.

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    OReilly Peel
    October 25, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Hi i was wondering if i could use a fruit butter in any home made body creams..and if yes which fruit would be ideal..thanks

    • Reply
      October 25, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      I’m so sorry that I can’t weigh in here I don’t have enough experience, maybe a reader will chime in.

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    Donna Hi
    September 3, 2018 at 11:54 am

    You have solved my Christmas Gift Giving problems with your Fruit Butter Ideas. Thank you.

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    August 16, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Love this round up of fruit butters! Need to try quite a few…

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    Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef
    August 13, 2018 at 6:03 am

    I love all the different recipes for your fruit butters. My friend has a lot of different pear trees and I can’t wait to make your recipe.

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      August 13, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Pear butter’s one of my favorites, love it with vanilla bean <3

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Now I need more fruit so I can make some of these beautiful butters! Terrific roundup Sue 😉

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    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    August 12, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I’ve got to try that pumpkin butter and the banana. Great line-up Sue.

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    August 12, 2018 at 11:13 am

    This compilation is wonderful, thank you. Since I have a pile of almost over ripe peaches just waiting for attention I chose the peach butter. I’m not so sure about the vanilla. How long should I water bath ½ pints of this Peach Butter?

    • Reply
      August 12, 2018 at 11:31 am

      That recipe is written as a refrigerator recipe, and so I’m not sure about canning it. You can freeze it for longer storage though. I’m hesitant to recommend canning instructions since I’m not absolutely sure. Here is a recipe specifically for canned peach butter ~

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    Lynn A
    August 12, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Making apple butter is a yearly tradition for me. One of my favorite things to do with it, besides spread it on toast or English muffins, is to use it with a pork tenderloin. I roast the pork, along with cut up sweet potatoes and, during the last few minutes of cooking, I slather on a layer of apple butter. The butter mingles with the pan juices and gives the sweet potatoes a delicious, cinnamon-y flavor kick. Your recipe photos are, as always, beautiful and I love it that your recipes are so in tune with the season!

    • Reply
      August 12, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Thank you so much Lynn, I try especially hard to be on target seasonally with these Sunday posts! And you can bet I’ll be trying your pork idea, tenderloin is my favorite cut.

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    Diana Dwan
    August 12, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Oh, Yum-OLA!!!!! Thanks so much for these ideas. I’ll be trying some soon.

    • Reply
      August 12, 2018 at 10:03 am

      I’m always looking for new words to describe delicious food Diana, so I’m going to have to borrow yum-ola 🙂

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        Wendy Widlus
        May 2, 2020 at 12:53 pm

        Do you have any ideas on how I could adopt these recipes to use some of the one billion lemons all over my back yard?!
        Thank you very much
        Wendy Widlus

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    Virginia Graves
    August 12, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Why are the recipes so hard to find?

    • Reply
      Lynn A
      August 12, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Virginia, if you click on the recipe title name, it should open a new window with the recipe. At least that’s the way I do it.

      • Reply
        August 12, 2018 at 10:05 am

        Thanks Lynn!

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        Virginia Graves
        August 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm

        Ok thanks so much I was clicking on the picture

  • Reply
    August 12, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Why am I not surprised? 🙂 Another beauty to share …

    • Reply
      August 12, 2018 at 7:14 am

      haha, have a tasty Sunday 🙂

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