A few years ago a friend of mine was given a jar of pumpkin butter.  Not homemade but I still fell in love with it.  Every bite reminded me of my great grandmother, great aunt and grandmother slaving over a hot stove, churning out jars of apple butter.  And every year since that bite, I keep thinking how I am going to make a pumpkin butter recipe.


The women in my family use to make apple butter.  I love butter so much, why wouldn’t I love apple butter.  It was spicy but warm.  Kind of a guilty pleasure if we are going to be honest, as I use to sneak it by the spoonfuls.  Not to put on bread or toast.  To indulge as is.



This week it became reality when I saw sugar pie pumpkins at the market.  My thoughts immediately dashed to making homemade pumpkin puree as well as a couple jars of pumpkin butter.  Since I didn’t have my grandmother’s apple butter recipe (was there even one), I decided to wing it.  For spiciness I added Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup and for warmth I added ground gloves.  For sweetness I used some apple cider and a small about of blond sugar.  While the concoction simmered away on the stove, I was taken back to Falls where the colors on the leaves turn colors and make a crunching sound under your shoes.  I miss this about Fall as it just doesn’t happen here.  Well, it does but very mildly.

Pumpkin butter is wonderful on fresh baked bread, stirred in hot cereal or as I like it, out of a spoon.  I hope you will love it as much as I do.

Happy Fall.

** The USDA recommends against canning (putting up) pumpkin butter.  Immediately after putting into a jar either place in the refrigerator or freezer.  More information can be found here.

*** I am sure canned pumpkin puree would work just fine.  Make sure it is the puree and not the pie filling.



More Pumpkin Butter

Homemade Pumpkin Butter – Nutmeg Nanny

Homemade Pumpkin Butter – Iowa Girl Eats

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter – Baked Bree

Homemade Pumpkin Butter – After Dinner Dance




Recipe:  Homemade Pumpkin Butter


  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 3 teaspoons ginger syrup or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick

How To:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir.
  2. Over low heat simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool at room temperature.
  4. Remove the cinnamon stick before putting into a sterile jar.
  5. Refrigerate.


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