I know a lot of people have an addiction to Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter, but when they’re out/you don’t have a TJ’s nearby/you just like too cook, it’s not that hard to make on your own! All it takes is pumpkin, sugar, and whatever spices you have at home.
My recipe made about a cup of pumpkin butter… Usually home cooked pumpkin has a higher water content than canned, so adjust as needed. If you’re using canned you’ll probably end up with a larger end quantity, and may need to play with how much sugar tastes good. You could probably sub in any sweet winter squash for pumpkin puree-my vote would be, if you’d put the squash in your oats you can probably make squash butter out of it!
- 2 c pumpkin puree or 15 oz can of pumpkin
- 3/4 c lightly packed brown sugar (start with about 1/2 c and taste. With canned pumpkin you might need a full cup or more)
- 1 T lemon juice
- Cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin pie spice-whatever you like with your pumpkin
Mix up pumpkin puree, sugar, lemon juice, and spices. I used about 1 t cinnamon, 1 T vanilla, and 1/2 t nutmeg, but it’s what sounds good to you. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently (because this takes so long to cook it’s a good thing to do while you’re making something else, cleaning, etc-it doesn’t require constant attention, but you’ve gotta be around). As it cooks, pumpkin will reduce and turn the color/texture of apple butter-it takes at least 30 minutes, depending on if you’re starting from fresh or canned it could take up to an hour
When it’s thick, remove from stove and refrigerate. From what I’ve seen it should be good at least a week.