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Pumpkin Butter

pumpkin butter

It’s officially fall.  Are you in camp “whoopee!” or camp “wake me up when it’s spring”?

Personally I’m a member of the former.  It always seems like by the time a season rolls around, I’m totally ready for it.  And kind of chilly is pretty much Minnesota’s natural state for most of the year, so you might as well make the most of it.

Now of course fall means all the pumpkin things.  This is kind of a weird phenomenon.  I mean fall and pumpkins have always gone hand and hand, but I don’t remember people going this loco for it when I was a kid.  There was pumpkin carving.  There was pumpkin pie. That was all.  I blame Starbucks.  Haha. 😀.

Luckily I happen to like pumpkin.  Like the song goes, I think it’s “delightful, delicious, d’lovely.”  So in that state of mind I bring you pumpkin butter. (Pause here for the sound of trumpets). 🎺

I’ve had quite a few different kinds of pumpkin butter and apple butter in my day, and I have to say this one is up there with my favorites.  I don’t really like when pumpkin butter is too thin.  It slides right off my toast and then I’m a sad panda. 😉.   This is nice and thick, perfect for lots of different recipes.

pumpkin butter

After making this I immediately thought it needed to go in a parfait sometime soon.  Perhaps with a little spiced apple granola?  Yum!  Personally I think it would be great on top of pancakes.  Sometimes I like to switch out apple or pumpkin butter for syrup when having waffles or pancakes, just for a change of pace.

And of course the gears in my mind are turning on how to incorporate it into my favorite old baked stuffed French toast recipe.  Yum!

Now, the original recipe for pumpkin butter that I found on Skinnytaste ( a wonderful site, by the way, if your looking for delicious and healthy food), had you simmer this for 30-40 minutes, until thick.  My mixture started out pretty thick to begin with, and after making it a couple times I found that cooking it for a longer time didn’t really change the flavor.  So basically follow your heart when it comes to how thick you want this.  I only simmer my pumpkin butter for about 20 minutes, just enough time for the flavors to meld and get all happy.

Happy breakfast!  Happy pumpkin everything. 😃

pumpkin butter

Pumpkin Butter
  • 1 29 oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (depending on how zesty you want it)
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the the flavors have a change to meld and the mixture is a little thicker, about 20 minutes.




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  • Naomi @Carrot Cake Kitchen September 27, 2015, 2:23 pm

    Yum! I’ve never made homemade pumpkin butter…this looks delicious!

    • Amanda September 28, 2015, 2:07 pm

      Thanks! It’s so easy to make for people who need a quick pumpkin fix. Haha.

  • Marsha @ Marsha's Baking Addiction September 28, 2015, 2:18 am

    This pumpkin butter looks sooo good! Perfect for autumn!

    • Amanda September 28, 2015, 2:08 pm

      Thank you! Apple butter and pumpkin butter have always equaled fall to me. 🙂

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel September 28, 2015, 10:41 am

    Haha, I am totally one of the first! I LOVE fall! For me, it’s the perfect temperature and it’s just beautiful. I like fires and baking and comfort food and sweaters and hot chocolate. Lol. This looks like a great addition to anyone’s fall cooking list!

    • Amanda September 28, 2015, 2:10 pm

      Isn’t fall just the best? I have so many scarves, so I need to wear them. :). And I love layers. And I love cider…and everything! Haha.

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy September 28, 2015, 11:36 am

    Why have I never had pumpkin butter before?! This looks incredible!

    • Amanda September 28, 2015, 2:11 pm

      Thanks! It pretty much tastes exactly like pumpkin pie, except you can spread it on everything, which is a win for me! 🙂

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 28, 2015, 5:19 pm

    I totally blame Starbucks too!! Their PSL got everyone nuts for pumpkin all the things. I’ve never had pumpkin butter, I bet this is amazing!

    • Amanda September 29, 2015, 1:54 pm

      Thanks! I heard that Starbucks has a graham latte this year, for those who don’t like the PSL. So just wait, everyone will start going crazy for graham. 🙂

  • Sina @Vegan Heaven October 1, 2015, 12:54 pm

    This looks amazing, Amanda! I’ve never made homemade pumpkin butter. I think I really need to give this a try! ! 🙂

    • Amanda October 1, 2015, 1:22 pm

      Thanks so much! I hope you like it. It tastes just like pumpkin pie, but doesn’t leave you feeling quite so guilty. 🙂

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