What happens when a pumpkin-loving, short-cut taking, less-than-perfect cook starts experimenting in the kitchen? Many times, it’s not pretty, but sometimes things turn out just right and you end up with something heavenly like…Pumpkin Butter. Only 4 ingredients and no canning equipment required–fellow pumpkin lovers, rejoice.
This idea was born out of my recurring crush on the Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter sold at Williams-Sonoma during the fall, but this year, I decided to try an easy make-at-home version that would taste as good for a fraction of the price. And maybe it’s just the crazy talking, but I think it’s pretty close!
Here are the four ingredients you need:
- 3/4 cup of orange juice (I used no pulp, but with pulp should workfine, too)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1- 29 oz can pure pumpkin purée
In a medium saucepan, heat the orange juice, sugar, and spice to a low boil, whisking continually to keep from scalding. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can add 1 to 2 teaspoons each of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, but I like to use the pumpkin pie spice because it’s already combined!
Cook at a low boil for a few minutes until it thickens slightly.
Reduce heat to low, then stir in the pumpkin. Continue to stir as the pumpkin heats and all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Let the pumpkin butter cool while you prepare the jars for filling. This batch makes 5 half-pint (8 oz.) jars, perfect for sharing with friends and neighbors. Since this recipe does not require canning, it’s not necessary to use canning jars and lids, but they still work well and look cute. Here’s a good price on some that would work perfectly.
Please note, the pumpkin butter will need to be refrigerated and should stay fresh for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.
And since you’ll want it to look as good as it tastes, I’ve also made up some printable labels for you so you can package up your jars and pass them out! A 2-inch punch works well to punch them out, or cut them by hand. Just print them out on adhesive paper or glue them on top. Add the little tag and they’re ready to go.
Click here to download.