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Homemade Pumpkin Butter

This homemade pumpkin butter is full of pumpkin puree and warm pumpkin spice, ready to spread on your morning toast!

Homemade Pumpkin Butter on a table with toast.

What do you do when you have an extra can of pumpkin puree? You make pumpkin butter!

I love fruit butter! I even got a handy dandy 11 delicious ways to use apple butter roundup if you’re a fan!

This pumpkin butter is the best fruit spread–it tastes just like yummy pumpkin pie filling! Full of pumpkin puree, sweet apple cider, warm pumpkin pie spice, and delicious brown sugar.

And don’t worry, there’s no actual butter in pumpkin butter, it’s called that because it’s so smooth and super spreadable. 

The best part is, this pumpkin butter comes together in no time and will keep in your refrigerator for weeks! 

Ingredients to make Homemade Pumpkin Butter.

Ingredients for homemade pumpkin butter

  • Pumpkin puree – Use your favorite canned or homemade pumpkin puree.
  • Apple cider – Intensely apple flavored and sweet.
  • Brown sugar – Brown sugar will add sweetness and a deep molasses flavor.
  • Granulated sugar – This also helps add a touch of sweetness to the pumpkin butter. You can also use all brown sugar if you want.
  • Lime juice – Just touch for added acidity to brighten up the flavor of the fruit butter.
  • Pumpkin pie spice – Feel free to use homemade or your favorite store-bought variety.
  • Cinnamon – More added warm fall spice.
  • Allspice – Just a touch of allspice to bring in a clove, anise, and black pepper taste.
Homemade Pumpkin Butter in a glass jar.

Make your own pumpkin spice

Pumpkin pie spice can be found easily in the spice aisle of most major grocery stores.

But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make your own at home!

My favorite blend is cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. 

What is apple cider?

Apple cider is commonly only found in the fall and is an unfiltered and unpasteurized apple juice.

Apple juice is different in that it is more shelf-stable, and is a filtered and pasteurized juice with a lighter apple flavor and smoother texture. 

If you can’t find apple cider for this recipe, feel free to substitute apple juice. 

Serving suggestions

You can spread pumpkin butter (or any fruit butter) on toast, waffles, pancakes, etc.

Another great use is stirring a dollop in some yogurt, or oatmeal.

The possibilities are endless!

Homemade Pumpkin Butter on toast.

Storage and leftovers

Pumpkin butter can be stored in a jar and kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

It can also be frozen for up to 3 months! To use from frozen, just place it in the refrigerator and let thaw. 

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Pumpkin Butter

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This pumpkin butter is full of pumpkin puree and warm pumpkin spice, ready to spread on your morning toast!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 cups


  • 16 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Add all ingredients into a pot and cook on medium heat until thickened and fruit butter consistency, about 30 minutes. You want it to be spreadable but not runny.
  • Let the pumpkin butter cool.
  • Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Course Preserving
Cuisine American
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

Recipe Rating

Aqiyl Aniys

Monday 31st of March 2014

Your pumpkin butter looks delicious. I could spread some on some toasted spelt bread. Yummy.


Monday 28th of November 2011

Inspired to make pumpkin butter this weekend. Perfect on toast and paired with a cup of Pumpkin tea!


Sunday 13th of November 2011

Oooh nice recipe. Something for the christmas table maybe? Thanks for an inspiring blog!

A Canadian Foodie

Saturday 12th of November 2011

I adore butters - and have not had pumpkin butter for years and year - thank you for the reminder. I cannot wait to try it and it looks great - so do the recipes you used it in. :) V


Sunday 6th of November 2011

spices, glorious spices! this must smell amazing throughout the entire process, including when it's on its way to one's mouth. lovely!


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