a bowl of Prune Butter

How to Make Prune Butter + Ways To Use It

For a sweet and nutritious alternative to jam or apple butter, try this easy recipe for prune butter! Then use it on almost everything.

Prune Butter in a bowl with a spoon

What is prune butter?

Prune butter is a sweet spread or filling. We added vanilla, brown sugar and salt to prune purée to make this delightful treat.

How to make prune butter

Prune butter is a quick and easy recipe. Just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Simply simmer the prunes in hot water until they are tender.
  2. Then, add the salt, vanilla and brown sugar.
  3. Blend until smooth.

It’s that easy!

How to use prune butter

This sweet spread can be used in place of traditional fall treats like apple butter or pumpkin butter. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy this recipe:

  • Use it as a filling for cakes and cookies
  • As a filling for Pączki or doughnuts
  • Spread on top of pancakes or toast
  • Use as a dip for fresh fruit
  • Stir into yogurt or oatmeat
Almond Thumbprint Cookies Filled with Prune Butter
a bowl of Prune Butter

Prune Butter

For a sweet and nutritious alternative to jam or apple butter, try this easy recipe for prune butter! Then use it to fill doughnuts, cookies and cakes, or top pancakes, toast or yogurt. It's so delicious!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine Quick & Easy
Servings 12
Calories 50 kcal


  • 1/2 lb California Prunes
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 1-3 TBSP brown sugar depending on desired sweetness


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the prunes and water. Bring to a simmer then cover and cook until the prunes are meltingly tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to a food processor fitted with the “S” blade. Add the kosher salt, vanilla, and one (1) tablespoon sugar. Blend until the mixture is thick and buttery.
  • Taste and add additional sugar, one tablespoon at a time until desired sweetness level is achieved.


Sub Prune Butter for jelly in your PB&J or enjoy it as the secret ingredient in these almond thumbprint cookies.


Calories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 50mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 148IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword prune butter, prune jam
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