Pumpkin Butter: Hello Fall!

It may not feel like fall yet (at least in Texas), but it’s sure beginning to taste like fall! Nothing tastes like fall more than pumpkin, except maybe pumpkin and apples…

Pumpkin Butter!

And the smell… it’s like walking into a Yankee Candle store this time of year. There’s just nothing better than the scent of pumpkin and spices cooking in the kitchen!

I made my first batch of pumpkin butter last fall and I simply fell in love. I couldn’t believe I’d never had it before. I started adding it to everything. You wouldn’t believe the things you can do with this pumpkin goodness! Add it on top of ice cream or yogurt, spread it on toast or a homemade muffin, dip your hand-picked apples in it, make granola, add it to your morning oats…the list goes on and on! I’ll be showcasing some of my favorite recipes that use pumpkin butter soon, but first you need the prime ingredient!

Oh and did I mention it’s pretty healthy too?

Even better, it’s one of the easiest things to make. 30 minutes and some wonderful aromas permeating your house and you’ll have this quintessential fall condiment!

First, combine all the ingredients together in a medium sauce pan. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 30 minutes until it thickens a little bit. Stir frequently!

That’s it! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Butter

Adapted from SkinnyTaste


  • One 29 oz can of pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (you can also use about 3 tsp of ground cinnamon)


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Bring it all to a boil, reduce the heat, and let it simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Enjoy!

This will last a few days in the fridge or you can freeze a batch because, trust me, you’ll run out and want more!

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22 Responses to Pumpkin Butter: Hello Fall!

  1. Jamie says:

    That seems easy enough! I’m going to have to try it! I also enjoy how you positioned the jar amongst some fall scenery, and put a cinnamon stick in it – very professional food photographer, haha.

  2. What a great kick off to fall! I bet it taste as wonderful as it smelt!! I also love the very minimal ingredients..that’s my kind of recipe!

  3. Min says:

    Ooh! I def have to make this! Sounds pretty simple too! I don’t blame you..Bet it tastes great in everything!
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  4. I want to make pumpkin butter now! Gosh, I had no idea it was so easy! Pumpkin is one of my favorites in fall so I will find any excuse to make something pumpkin.
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  5. Cynthia says:

    Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to make this! I will look forward to your upcoming recipes that include pumpkin butter.

  6. I can’t wait to make this! I’m already so excited for how glorious my apartment is going to smell!
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  8. This screams fall! Although I’m in So Cal and it’s 80 degrees out… I’m still getting fall fever!
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  12. Candy says:

    Hi there in your recipe it says mix all ingredients. Do you actually boil in the three cinnamon sticks???? And I have made pumpkin butter in ball jars before and lasted weeks in frig. How about this recipe????

    • Caroline says:

      Hi Candy. Yes, you boil in the cinnamon sticks, but before you jar it, take the cinnamon sticks out. Most people seem to say it only lasts a week, but I’ve had mine in the fridge for a few weeks and it’s still good! I think as long as it’s not molding and smells and tastes good it’s good to eat.

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