Pumpkin Butter Recipe: A Fall Favorite to Spice Up Everyday Dishes

4 cups
45 min

Learn how to make a homemade pumpkin butter recipe on the stovetop. Made using minimal ingredients, this pumpkin butter is simply a combination of fresh pumpkin, sugar and spices. Spread this delightful, fall flavored butter on bread and biscuits. Or use it spice your favorite dishes to give them seasonal flare. It’s the perfect addition to pancakes, yogurt and overnight oats.

Every fall, I have to make at least one batch of pumpkin butter. Although not as popular as apple butter, pumpkin butter is a fall favorite that has similar spices and all the taste of the season.

If you’ve never had homemade pumpkin butter, then you must try this pumpkin butter recipe. It’s similar to a pumpkin pie, but it’s easier to make. You can also eat it several different ways, so it’s more versatile than a pumpkin pie. It’s rich and creamy and tastes like pumpkin pie in a jar with a buttery texture.

Pumpkin butter is easier to make than you probably think it is! You just need fresh or canned pumpkin, sugar, and spices.

I prefer the taste of fresh pumpkin when making a pumpkin butter recipe. However, preparing a fresh pumpkin is definitely a labor of love. You’ll need to cut it, bake it, and then peel it. It does give this pumpkin butter a delicious homemade taste, but you can use canned pumpkin and still make a good butter.

If you do buy canned pumpkin, make sure you get pure pumpkin puree and not canned pumpkin pie filling. I recommend buying organic because I think it has a fresher flavor.

Learn how to make my pumpkin butter recipe below. Plus be sure to check out my vegetarian pumpkin chili recipe!

Pumpkin Butter Recipe: A Fall Favorite to Spice Up Everyday Dishes
Recipe details
  • 4  cups
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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  • 4 Cups pumpkin, peeled and diced
  • ¾ Cup sugar
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon cassia powder
  • ¼ Tsp nutmeg powder
  • ½ Tsp ginger root powder
  • ⅛ Tsp allspice powder
  • ⅛ Tsp clove powder

Place the diced pumpkin in a small saucepan over medium heat. Then cover the pumpkin with water and bring to a boil. Continue to cook the pumpkin until it is fork tender.
Once the pumpkin is tender, use a colander to drain and discard the water. Next, mash the pumpkin. Then add the sugar to the softened pumpkin.
Mix the sugar into the pumpkin. Now, bring the pumpkin and sugar mixture to a simmer. Cook the pumpkin, stirring constantly, for around 25 minutes, or until the pumpkin has caramelized.
Use measuring spoons to measure the spices. Add the spices to the pumpkin butter. Then stir to combine.
Once the spices are fully incorporated, spoon the pumpkin butter into a mason jar or other airtight container.
  • To reduce cook time down to 20 minutes, swap the pumpkin cubes with 3 cups pumpkin puree. Then immediately proceed to step 3 in which you add the sugar
  • Store your homemade pumpkin butter in the refrigerator up to two weeks, until ready to use. Alternately, this pumpkin butter recipe can be frozen for up to three months.
Rebecca D. Dillon
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  • Linda Turner Linda Turner on Sep 15, 2020

    I have made this apple pie for many, many years (I have been married to my favorite husband for 52 years), but what I do to make it extra special is to top it with a drizzle icing of mixed powdered sugar, softened butter and cream - makes it AWESOME!