Pumpkin Butter is a quick and easy recipe perfect for fall that takes only about 30 minutes to make. Learn how to make it using canned pumpkin puree. It’s perfect for topping toast, biscuits, muffins, scones and much more!

Jar of Pumpkin Butter

It’s fall and that means all things pumpkin! Of course, there’s your quintessential Pumpkin Pie, but there are so many more recipes out there that are delightful! For example, this easy pumpkin butter.

It only requires a handful of ingredients and about 30 minutes. After you are done making it smear it on a thick, hearty piece of English Muffin Bread. It makes the perfect breakfast or snack for an afternoon pick me up!

Give me that toast and a hot mug of coffee and all is right in the world! Another favorite pumpkin treat of mine with my coffee is this delicious Pumpkin Monkey Bread!

Photo Collage of making pumpkin butter

How to Make Pumpkin Butter

  • The first step is to combine the ingredients in a dutch oven, stir to combine.
  • Heat mixture over medium heat and bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until thickened.
  • Cool and transfer to air tight container.

Pumpkin Butter on toast

What is pumpkin butter made of?

It is made of a pumpkin puree in addition to apple juice and spices. Then it is simmered until it is reduced so it is thick and creamy.

Is can pumpkin butter safe?

It is not safe to can it. This is because of its low acidity. Due to the low acidity the growth of bacteria will not be suppressed when it is canned.

What is a substitute for pumpkin butter?

You can substitute butter for pumpkin butter with a 1:1 ratio. Simply add it instead of butter or vice versa. You could also do half of each!

Is pumpkin spice made from pumpkin?

No it is a blend of spices like cinnamon, ground ginger, cloves and nutmeg. It is typically used in pumpkin pie and other desserts.

5 from 10 votes

Pumpkin Butter

Quick and easy recipe for homemade pumpkin butter!
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 35 minutes
Servings 16


  • 1 can pumpkin puree 15 oz
  • 1 c. apple juice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¾ c. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • In a large dutch oven or saucepan combine pumpkin, apple juice, spices and sugar. Stir well. Heat over medium heat and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.
  • Cool and transfer to airtight container in the refrigerator until serving.


  • It is not safe to can this pumpkin butter due to the low acidity level. 
  • You can sub pumpkin butter for butter in any recipe with a 1:1 ratio.


Calories: 51kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 30mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 10IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    This pumpkin butter looks so delightful. I love that it has a bit of sweetness from the apple juice. This is going to be so tremendous on top of toast, biscuits, and pancakes!

  2. 5 stars
    I have some homemade pumpkin purée in the freezer, do you think I could use it? I know it’s usually a little bit more watery. This pumpkin butter looks delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    We lovemaking this to give as gifts and receiving it as a gift! We grow our own pumpkins usually, so we have plenty to work with!

  4. 5 stars
    Yum! I’ve been wanting to make a pumpkin butter for the past two seasons! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    I have never made pumpkin butter but it definitely appeals to me a great deal as I absolutely LOVE pumpkin! I am saving this recipe and will be making is super soon. I love the spices added to it, it makes it so flavourful!