Spice in the Kitchen: How to Make Pumpkin Butter

An unusual pairing that worked really well: pumpernickel bread, Earth Balance and a schmear of pumpkin butter!
When my daughter brought home a pumpkin decorated with Halloween stickers from school, I knew we couldn't just let the pumpkin slowly rot on our front porch; so we cooked it up!  After we roasted it, then made a pumpkin pie from it, I had roughly a cup of pumpkin puree left over. Just perfect for a small amount of homemade pumpkin butter!

Pumpkin butter in a jelly jar makes a thoughtful, yet easy, hostess or Thanksgiving gift for your children's teachers. Unlike fruit preserves, the low acid content of most pumpkin butters means that it should remain refrigerated. Multiply the recipe if you would like to make a larger quantity.

Jarred and ready for gifting!

Pumpkin Butter Recipe (vegan)
makes about 1-3/4 cup


  • 1 cup of (plain) canned or freshly baked/steamed pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup of apple (or pear) juice
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup vegan sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp finely grated orange or lemon peel (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to lowest setting and let simmer, uncovered for 20-30 minutes. Stir frequently. If it gets too thick, add a tiny bit of juice.
  3. Once the pumpkin has thickened, remove from heat and let cool for a minute. Transfer to jelly jars or a clean glass container. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  1. This looks delish! I just tried my hand at pumpkin butter making the other day.

  2. Yes please and thank you, thank you! I am happy this is not a slow cooker recipe (don't have one) and happy to see that one can use canned pumpkin (not classy enough to haul home/roast my own.) Also so happy to see this on pumpernickel bread! My favorite! I'm on this like Earth Balance on pumpernickel bread.

  3. this sounds amazing - I don't usually like all those apple butter recipes but I am itching to make this pumpkin butter

  4. I love pumpkin butter but rarely take the time to make my own. I have no good excuse for not doing it either, so I hope to put your recipe to good use asap.


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