Pumpkin Butter

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Pumpkin, spice, and everything nice…this pumpkin butter is what fall dreams are made of.

Pumpkin butter is an autumn fruit spread (yes, pumpkin is a fruit!) made from canned pumpkin and other sweet and spicy ingredients – like apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves — simmered over low heat until the flavor is concentrated. It takes just 25 minutes to make and tastes like a spoonful of the richest, most delicious pumpkin pie filling you can imagine.

Similar to apple butter, there is no actual dairy butter in pumpkin butter; the term butter refers only to its butter-like, soft consistency and its use as a spread. The recipe makes about 2 cups, or one 16-oz jar full, but it can easily be doubled or tripled if you’d like to make extra to give away as presents over the holidays.

What To Do With Pumpkin Butter

Wondering how to use your pumpkin butter? Here are some of my favorite ways:

  • Spread it on salty crackers
  • Dollop it on waffles or pancakes with maple syrup
  • Spread it on toast, biscuits, English muffins, or scones with cream cheese
  • Mix it into Greek yogurt and top with granola
  • Use it as a filling for crepes
  • Whisk a few spoonfuls into egg/milk custard for French toast
  • Spoon some into oatmeal
  • Add it to vanilla milkshakes or smoothies
  • Stir a spoonful into a latte
  • Whip a few spoonfuls with softened butter to make whipped compound pumpkin butter (this is delicious on rolls, biscuits, or cornbread)

What You’ll Need To Make Pumpkin Butter

pumpkin butter ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

Add the pumpkin, apple cider (or juice), brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt to a medium, heavy saucepan.

pumpkin butter ingredients in pot

Stir to combine.

stirring pumpkin butter

Bring to a boil over med-high heat (because the mixture is so thick, it will be more like an active sputter.) Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered with the lid just slightly ajar, stirring occasionally so the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom, until thickened, about 20 minutes.

sputtering pumpkin butter

Let cool completely.

thickened pumpkin butter

Transfer to a jar and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin, spice, and everything nice…this pumpkin butter is what fall dreams are made of.

Servings: About 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) can 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Heaping 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the pumpkin, apple cider (or juice), brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt in a medium, heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over med-high heat (because the mixture is so thick, it will be more like an active sputter). Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered with the lid just slightly ajar, stirring occasionally so the pumpkin butter doesn't stick to the bottom, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely, then transfer to a jar and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Make-Ahead/Freezer-Friendly Instructions: Pumpkin butter will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or frozen for up to 3 months.
  3. Note: If doubling or tripling the recipe, the cook time will be a bit longer, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (32 servings)
  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 18
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Sodium: 11 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • How would I go about processing this in a water bath (in glass canning jars) for preserving like a jam?

    • — Linda on October 22, 2021
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    • Hi Linda, I didn’t develop this recipe for preserving/canning so I can’t say for sure that it would be safe. I’m sorry!

      • — Jenn on October 22, 2021
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    • Hi Linda, I didn’t develop this recipe for preserving/canning so I can’t say for sure that it would be safe. I’m sorry!

      • — Jenn on October 22, 2021
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  • Once again you’ve hit it out of the park Jen! I brought little jars to share with my Pilates class as a surprise gift and am enjoying the messages I’m receiving….loved it over an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, had it for lunch on crackers, stirred it into my oatmeal. My delight is on a toasted whole wheat English muffin schmeared with cream cheese. This recipe is a keeper!!!

    • — Patti R on October 21, 2021
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  • What a nice way to add some pumpkin in a unique way. This is EASY and FAST to make and nice that we can freeze some for another time (when we are missing pumpkin again..) Lovely flavour and I am going to enjoy it in some of the many ways mentioned. Thanks Jen!

    • — Perfect! on October 19, 2021
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  • Delicious!!!

    • — Lindsay L on October 18, 2021
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  • This is so easy and so good. I made it this morning and enjoyed it on an English muffin. A jar would be a perfect hostess gift for the holidays, especially when paired with one of Jen’s cakes, breads, or muffins. It looks so pretty in a mason jar with a decorative lid.

    • — Ilene on October 16, 2021
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  • Any thoughts on how long this will keep in the fridge? I know a couple of people that would love this, but would want to advise them on how soon to use it up.

    • — Robby H. on October 16, 2021
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    • Hi Robby, it will keep nicely in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on October 18, 2021
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  • If someone has fresh pumpkin, can he / she roast and blend to a puree to substitute for the can? If so, how long do you recommend I roast a portion of the fruit?

    • — Leo on October 14, 2021
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    • Hi Leo, definitely! Here is some guidance on roasting pumpkin for pumpkin puree.

      • — Jenn on October 15, 2021
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  • Could I use stevia in place of the brown sugar?

    • — Kathryn C Brandin on October 14, 2021
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    • Hi Kathryn, I wish I could help but I’ve never worked with sugar substitutes so I can’t say how it would impact the recipe. I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it with one!

      • — Jenn on October 14, 2021
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  • Any Suggestions for using it?

    • — Barbara on October 14, 2021
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    • Hi Barbara, If you scroll down under the intro, you’ll see a list of various ways you can use it. Hope you enjoy if you make it! 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 14, 2021
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    • 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
      1/2 cup milk
      1 tsp chia seeds
      2 tablespoons pumpkin butter
      Sprinkle cinnamon
      Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice
      2 Tablespoons raisins
      Mix together in small jar/container & refrigerate overnight. So good!

      • — Cheryl Wilk on October 18, 2021
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