Apple Cobbler In Instant Pot


Apple Cobbler In Instant Pot Recipe – An easy and fast recipe for those of you who are into instant pot cooking. Such a wonderful dessert to make after dinner. You may be scratching your head trying to figure out what in the world an Apple Cobbler is, and not sure if it’s something you should make in the Instant Pot. Don’t worry, I was in the same boat not to long ago!

Instant Pot Apple Cobbler

No need to turn on the oven to make this apple dessert! Instant Pot Apple Cobbler uses 4 ingredients and won’t take up valuable oven space on Thanksgiving day. Best of all, it’s full of that irresistible cinnamon apple flavor you crave.

Apple cobbler on white dessert plate with instant pot in background.

Apple Cobbler Desserts

Cobblers are such a classic dessert that every time I make one I feel like I could be tucked away in a cozy English cottage whipping up pies, jams and cobblers to share with the neighbors when I ask them over for tea.

But in THAT imaginary scenario, I probably wouldn’t have an Instant Pot. So, if my oven were out of commission or already filled with a roasting turkey, I’d be out of luck.

I’ll stick with my current Instant-Pot-owning reality and enjoy how easy it is to make Apple Cobbler with the pressure cooker!

Warm apples swimming in a buttery cinnamon syrup, topped with pieces of sweet dough and served with ice cold vanilla ice cream is the ideal way to end any family meal, especially this time of year!

Instant Pot Apple Crisp

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert recipe to throw together in your instant pot, this recipe will hit the spot! We enjoy apple crisp all year long (usually using this recipe) and I love that it uses basic ingredients you hopefully already have on hand!

Who can say no to a warm cinnamon apple dessert with a crumble oat topping? This is one of my favorite flavor combinations!

How to make Apple Crisp in the Instant Pot:

  • Add butter, lemon juice, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt to the Instant Pot and stir to combine.
  • Add chopped apples and toss to coat.
  • Add water.
  • Make crumb topping. Combine the crumb topping ingredients  in a bowl using a fork or pastry blender until it resembles small crumbs. Sprinkle topping over the apples.
  • Cook on high pressure.
  • Quick release.

Tips for cooking apples in the Instant Pot:

If you’ve ever made applesauce in the instant pot then you know how quickly it can turn apples to mush, which is great for applesauce but not ideal for apple crisp! We’re looking for tender apple texture, not mushy.

Follow these two steps, and you wont go wrong:

  1. Cut the apples into large chunks, so they don’t cook as quickly.  I use a handheld apple slicer, which cuts the apples into about 1 inch slices. From there I chop each slice in thirds, to create about 1 inch chunks of apple.
  2. Only pressure cook them for 1 minute, and use a quick release when the timer beeps.

What type of apples are best for making Apple Crisp?

Firm, crisp, tart apples are best for baking, and best for this apple crisp recipe. Some good options are Granny Smith, Johnathan, Jonagold, and Pink Lady.

Does Apple Crisp taste as good made in the Instant Pot?

This is the dilemma, and since I try to always keep it real with you all, I’m going to give you my very honest opinion!  Apple crisp is BEST, made in the oven. (Just check out the hundred of comments my original Apple Crisp recipe has!). The oven is the best way to get the perfect crumble topping! The apples also cook perfectly and in a delicious sauce that develops and thickens as bakes.

This Instant Pot Apple Crisp uses basically the same recipe, just adapted for the instant pot! It’s fast and easy, and the flavor is completely delicious! The biggest difference is that the topping doesn’t “crisp” like it does in the oven, which is why I recommend broiling it before eating. I spoon servings into small, oven-safe dishes (don’t stick the instant pot pot under the broiler!) and broil them for a minute or two to crisp the topping a little.

Close up photo of a white dish with apple crisp in it and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Storing and Freezing:

This recipe is best enjoyed warm and fresh, but leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 4-5 days. I have not tested freezing it, but I’m sure it would work.

Tips and Tricks

  • Nutty apple cobbler – Love nuts with your apple desserts? Pecan pieces or sliced almonds add a perfect nutty crunch to this cobbler. Add them along with the cake topping before pressure cooking.
  • Remember that the time listed for pressure cooking doesn’t include the time needed for the pot to come to pressure (at least 10 minutes). If you’re trying to coordinate this to be ready at a certain time, be sure to plan accordingly.

Recipe FAQs

What size Instant Pot do I need for apple cobbler?

I tested this recipe in a 6 quart instant pot.

Can you use homemade apple pie filling?

Canned fillings include cooked apples with thickening agents (or gels) that help them hold up best in this cobbler recipe. I tried this with a fresh (uncooked) apple pie filling and it didn’t come out the same.

What’s the difference between apple crumble, apple crisp and apple cobbler?

Sometimes, I hear the names of these two desserts used interchangeably. The difference is in the topping! Apple Crumble and Apple Crisps are topped with a “crumb” made from flour, butter, sugar and usually oats and spices. Cobblers, on the other hand, are topped with dough that bakes into a fluffy, cake-y or biscuit-y topping!

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