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6 Ingredient Homemade Spiced Pumpkin Butter. Just 6 simple pantry staple ingredients, 30 minutes, and one pot or slow cooker. YES, this pumpkin butter really is that easy, and trust me, it tastes even better. It’s thick, creamy, sweet, and spiced perfectly with warm autumn spices. Spread this on your morning toast or use in your favorite baking recipes, either way this is sure to become your new fall spread.

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You guys really have no idea how long I’ve been dying to share this pumpkin butter recipe with you all. I’ve wanted to make homemade pumpkin butter for years now, but just never got around to it. But when I made these cookies last November, I decided to make them using my own pumpkin butter. I finally experienced just how amazing homemade pumpkin butter really is. After that, I knew that next year I had to share my spiced pumpkin butter recipe with you guys.

It’s just too good and too easy.

But that was almost a year ago! Since then I’ve used this spread in so many recipes…a few that I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks. Very, very excited.

When it comes to pumpkin, it’s not something I’ve been obsessed with my entire life. In fact, I’d never even had pumpkin pie (or pumpkin anything for that matter) up until a few years ago. Pumpkin is just another one of those foods that my parents never served my brothers and I. So I never really experienced it until I started cooking and baking myself.

Of course, once I cracked open my first can that was it. I started cooking and baking up my very own pumpkin patch worth of pumpkin recipes I realized why it is so well loved by most of the world. To date, I think my favorite recipes are the pumpkin tart in the HBH cookbook, this pumpkin fettuccine, and these pumpkin chai snickerdoodles.

Ummm, just typing those out has me so excited. Love this time of year…

raw pumpkin photo

When I set out to make this pumpkin butter, I had it in my head that I HAD to use real sugar pie pumpkins and not canned pumpkin. So, I spent the day working on the recipe. After going through multiple sugar pie pumpkins I finally came to the realization…I think canned pumpkin is just the better, easier, way to go.

To all the bakers out there yelling at me to use real sugar pie pumpkins, and to make my own puree, I’m sorry, but not really. Sometimes life gives you shortcuts. You shouldn’t always take them, but sometimes you should. And in the case of homemade pumpkin butter, you should take this shortcut and use the canned pumpkin.

It’s better. It’s easier. And it’s essentially the very same thing, simply pumpkin. This is my favorite canned pumpkin puree, it’s perfect every time.

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Since I originally started out using actual sugar pie pumpkins, a lot of the photographs include them. They don’t really belong in this post, but they were just too cute not to include. So sorry if that’s confusing, but I love the photos…

Moving along now.

As I mentioned this is one of the easiest recipes to make. It requires only 6 simple pantry staple ingredients. It can be made in thirty minutes, or you can make it low and slow in the slow cooker, either way is great.

For the ingredients, you will need the following:

– canned pumpkin, again this is my favorite.

– apple cider, homemade if you have the time.

– real maple syrup, for sweetness.

– vanilla extract, a must.

– pumpkin pie spice, for all the autumn flavors

– cinnamon, for a little extra cinnamon boost, because it’s my favorite.

You see? Pantry staples, meaning you have no excuse not to get up and make this today. Just throw everything in a pot on the stove top, or in your slow cooker, simmer until it’s thick, creamy and done.

Also, I prefer a not-too-sweet pumpkin butter. But if you’d like a pumpkin butter that’s a little sweeter, add more maple, a tablespoon at a time, until it tastes just right to you! And if you don’t like maple, I recommend using brown sugar.

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Try spreading this on your morning toast with a little butter. Stir it into you coffee with a touch of whole milk and make a latte. Or use it in place of pumpkin puree in your favorite baked pumpkin recipes. So many fun options with this spread.

Highly recommend making this soon and using it throughout October, November and December. It will keep in the fridge for up to a month, AND it also makes really cute homemade gifts for friends and family. Great for the upcoming holiday season too.

Lastly, if you slow cook this all day, your house is going to smell like a pumpkin spice candle, and it’s the coziest thing ever. You just have to love this recipe!

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If you make this spiced pumpkin butter, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

6 Ingredient Spiced Pumpkin Butter

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 32 2 TBS servings – makes about 4 cups
Calories Per Serving: 16 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.




  • 1. In a medium sauce pan, combine the pumpkin, cider, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring often until the pumpkin thickens slightly, but is spreadable, about 20-30 minutes. Taste, adding more maple syrup if needed to sweeten.
    2. Remove from the heat and let cool (the pumpkin butter will thicken as it cools). Transfer to glass jars and keep stored in the fridge for up to 1 month or in freezer safe containers for up to 3 months. 

Slow Cooker

  • 1. In the bowl of your slow cooker, combine the pumpkin, cider, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours. During the last 45 minutes of cooking, remove the lid to allow the pumpkin butter to thicken. Taste, adding more maple syrup if needed to sweeten.
    2. Turn off the heat and let cool (the pumpkin butter will thicken as it cools). Transfer to glass jars and keep stored in the fridge for up to 1 month or in freezer safe containers for up to 3 months.
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  1. Oh man this is so good! The recipe is perfect. Can’t wait to use this in all your pumpkin butter recipes 😍

  2. 5 stars
    Made this recently and loved it! It came together quickly and easily and now my freezer is happily stocked with the leftovers. I plan on using my leftover apple cider to make your apple butter recipe, which is also delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    I was afraid I would have too much pumpkin butter, so I halved the recipe (exactly). It came out perfectly; a perfect texture and flavor. I used a cup for the Pumpkin Butter Cinnamon Roll Bread, and the rest in oatmeal for breakfasts. The mistake was only making half a recipe. It is delicious!!

  4. 2 stars
    Used two cans of pumpkin and it was wayyy too thick, kept adding cider but ended up with a thick boiled mess. Will try one next time

      1. The amount of pumpkin purée needs to be clarified. I also used 2 cans and am afraid I wasted all the other ingredients because it’s so thick. ☹️

    1. Made my own pumpkin pie spice and think I used too much cloves. Yikes! Gave it a nice color so it looks like apple butter but will that clove spice take over and spoil it? How can I fix this?

    2. Norma, I have read that, due to the very thick consistency of pumpkin butter, it is recommended to always keep it refrigerated. It is not a good candidate for shelf-stable canning, for safety reasons!