culinary review

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Butter

Last Modified: 10/11/09
First Published: 10/14/07
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Pumpkin butter is perfect to make to utilize the meat of a pumpkin. It’s sweet, spicy and sopumpkin butter versatile! Spread it on breads or crackers, serve it next to a piece of meat, use it as a filling in cakes or cookies, or spread it on top of a plain cheese cake! It’s so tasty as well as easy to make. Of course you could use pumpkin from a can, but why not take advantage of a fresh pumpkin. We have found that smaller pumpkins are much more flavorful, however if you use the meat from a large one you could add some more spices to make up for any lack of flavor

After some tweaking and experimentation I think I came up with a really good recipe. It has a good balance between spice and sweetness and is quite delicious!

About 4 cups


  • 3 cups of mashed pumpkin
  • ¾ cup of concentrated apple juice
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon of allspice


Add all the ingredients to a pot and bring up to a simmer. Cook the mix for about 20 minutes or until everything is nicely incorporated. Taste and adjust spices to your liking.


Freeze the pumpkin butter and it will stay nice for a couple of months. Or, simply store the pumpkin butter in the fridge if you plan to eat your it within two weeks.