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Easy Pumpkin Butter Recipe

Pumpkin butter brings me back to a time and place that evokes warmth and comfort. Fortunately, it’s easy to make, and you can have it any time of year.

Versatility of Pumpkin Butter

I’ve had pumpkin butter for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, my great-grandmother made it especially for me during the fall.

Since my birthday is in October, I associated it with celebration. So basically, any time I have it, I feel like it’s a special occasion.

Not only do I enjoy pumpkin butter on toast first thing in the morning, it’s delicious mixed into hot cereals.

Every time I taste it, it’s like an explosion of deliciousness, great memories, and comfort.

It’s also a comforting snack in the afternoon or evening. My grandfather even had it on pound cake for dessert.

Pumpkin Butter Uses

There are so many different things you can do with pumpkin butter besides put it on toast. Here are some ways you can enjoy this delicious treat:

Spread it on pancakes or waffles for a delightfully different taste sensation.

Add it to the batter when you make French toast.

Put a dollop of pumpkin butter in your oatmeal. This obviously cranks your breakfast up several notches. So don’t be surprised when your kids beg for more.

Mix a little bit into your coffee or cocktail.

Add it to milk and bananas to make a pumpkin smoothie.

Add a couple of tablespoons to your basic mug cake recipe.

Fill store-bought pastries with a spoonful of pumpkin butter and fold them over to make pumpkin tartlets.

This is a surprisingly delicious treat that is even better if you sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top.

Spread some on flattened dough, roll it up, and slice the roll into 1-inch rounds. Next, place them in a baking pan and put them in the oven.

After they’re done and cooled, you can add some icing. These will quickly become your favorite sweet rolls in the fall.

Scooping pumpkin butter out of a small glass bowl

After you try all of these delicious pumpkin butter treats, try to come up with some of your own.

This is an amazingly versatile ingredient that can make you look like a genius in the kitchen.

5 Benefits of Pumpkin

One of the many things you can feel good about is the fact that pumpkin is extremely good for you. It contains a surprisingly large amount of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

While it may be true that this pumpkin butter does have some sugar, you can control the amount you add.

Here is a list of the benefits of pumpkin:

  1. It is loaded with vitamin A.
  2. The antioxidants in it help fight many chronic diseases.
  3. In addition, it helps boost your immune system.
  4. It also has beta-carotene, which is good for eye health.
  5. Pumpkin contains fiber, potassium, and vitamin C—all good for heart health.

Pumpkin Butter Ingredients

You don’t need many ingredients to make this pumpkin butter recipe. In addition, it’s super easy and something you can do in less than an hour.

You’ll need canned 100 percent pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, apple sauce, and vanilla extract.

Canned pumpkin, applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice

If you want it extra sweet, you can also add some brown sugar.

Small glass bowl of brown sugar

How to Make Pumpkin Butter

In a medium-size saucepan, mix all of the ingredients. If you want to thin it out a bit, you may add a tablespoon of apple juice or water.

I used water, but you can certainly use either. Cook this over medium heat until it begins to bubble, stirring often.

Once the bubbling begins, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir every couple of minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pan.

All of the ingredients in a saucepan

Finally, remove from the heat and allow it to cool before you transfer it to jars. Since this is so easy to make, I typically prepare a small batch so it will always taste fresh.

Great for Gifts

If you enjoy giving homemade gifts to family and friends, make them some pumpkin butter. You can prepare your Mason jars for canning.

Then follow the steps you normally would before putting the pumpkin butter in them.

Mason jar of pumpkin butter

Finally, add a pretty bow to each jar and put it in a basket filled with other treats you know the person would enjoy.

This gift will make both you and the recipient happy during any special occasion. After all, you’ll get a lot of compliments for something that is so easy to make.

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Jar of pumpkin butter beside a plate of toast and more pumpkin butter

More Recipes

If you and your kids or grandkids enjoy cooking together, try these caramel apple grapes. They’re easy and fun to make!

You’ll also enjoy these delicious 3-ingredient pumpkin cookies that are super quick and easy to make!

See this recipe at Meal Plan Monday, Weekend Potluck, and Full Plate Thursday.

You might also want to try these delicious stuffed mushrooms. After dinner, delight your family with their favorite flavor of mug cakes.

Yield: 12 servings

Pumpkin Butter

Scooping pumpkin butter out of a small glass bowl

Pumpkin butter is good on toast, biscuits, pancakes, and waffles. You can also add it to a variety of other things, such as smoothies, cereals, and much more.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 8 ounces of 100% pumpkin puree (not the pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (more if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar (optional if you like it sweeter)


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook on medium, stirring every few seconds.
  2. When the mixture begins to bubble, turn it down to low. Continue to cook for 20 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool before you transfer it to jars.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 106Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 3mgSodium 32mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 20gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Miz Helen

Monday 14th of October 2019

Your Pumpkin Butter will be perfect for the season! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,453. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon! Miz Helen

Linda Leonard

Saturday 22nd of June 2019

I am going to try the Pumpkin Butter, it sounds really good. After putting the butter in the jars, do I put melted wax on top like is required for jelly to preserve it?


Saturday 22nd of June 2019

Hi Linda. I've never had to do that because I refrigerate it after it cools, and it's good for up to 3 weeks. If you want to keep it longer in the pantry, follow whatever instructions you have for canning. I like making it fresh, though, because it's so quick and easy to do.

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