Thanksgiving Recipes


Pumpkin Butter

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Pumpkin Butter

If there’s one thing that we can all be sure about over the Thanksgiving season it’s that us Americans sure do love pumpkin whether it’s baked into a pie or turned into butter. If you’ve already tried apple butter, this pumpkin variety is sure to be a hit with the whole family over the holiday dinner.

It’s so easy to make, and it can be applied to so many different things in so many different ways.


Ways to Use This Pumpkin Butter Recipe at Thanksgiving and Beyond

Once you’ve got your butter, there’s really no end to the amazing ways you can enjoy it from cocktails to sandwiches to muffins and all sorts of other amazing delicious treats this Thanksgiving season. Here’s just a few of our favorites:

Pumpkin Muffins

Add some of your homemade butter to any muffin to REALLY bring out something magical. Either put it in the mix or spread it on top, either way it’ll take your muffins (or even store-bought muffins) from a 10 to an 11.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Why not throw a healthy spoonful or two of homemade butter on top of your ice cream?

Pumpkin Sandwiches

You’ll never have a normal grilled cheese again once you’ve had a grilled cheese with pumpkin or squash butter. Let your sandwich game go wild with the amazing possibilities that a quick spread of butter can provide.

Pumpkin Smoothies

Pumpkin’s good enough for pumpkin spiced lattés, so how about some pumpkin smoothies? Throw 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk together with 1 cup of spinach into the blender, and then add half a frozen banana and 2 TBSP of your homemade butter. BOOM.

Pumpkin Cocktails

Who doesn’t like to turn something alcoholic? A fan of the White Russian? Try it with a dollop of pumpkin butter. There’s all sorts of cocktails out there you can make to quench your pumpkin cravings. Give it a try!

Pumpkin Lattes

You know this already. Everyone knows this already. ‘Tis the season, and you’ve probably already had at least one today! If you don’t want to fork out for the coffee-shop version, make your own (superior) pumpkin spiced latte at home. All you need to do is throw 2 tablespoons of pumpkin or squash butter into your coffee and throw on some whipped cream.

Pumpkin Dips

Want to level up from tortilla chips and salsa? Try dipping sliced apples, mini donuts, graham crackers, or rice crispy treats into some pumpkin butter dip. This dip is a great addition to the Thanksgiving table!

Recipe Substitution Ideas

While there are only a few ingredients in this pumpkin butter recipe, we can always get caught out with something missing and we’re unable to run to the store. Here’s a couple substitution ideas you can heed to avoid tragedy in tough times:

  • For 1 cup of canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree, you can substitute 1 cup of cooked, mashed sweet potato or butternut squash.
  • If you’re lacking when it comes to the white sugar you can sub it for brown instead. As an aside, even if you do have the white sugar, try using brown instead anyway or throwing in some molasses. This will add a rich depth to the butter’s flavor.
  • If it’s pectin you’re out of and you can’t seem to find any anywhere, there’s several ways to go about replicating it. Try adding in some citrus peels, especially the white pith, as this is naturally filled to the brim with pectin. Cornstarch is another good alternative, as this will work as a natural thicker the same way pectin will. If you’re cooking a vegan recipe, try gelatin, or finally, you can just use extra sugar and cook it for what’ll seem like a lifetime.

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Pumpkin_Butter food gifts canning jars

Pumpkin Butter

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  • Author: MomsWhoThink


  • 1 (29 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (2 ounce) package dry pectin
  • 4½ cups white sugar


  1. Mix solid pack pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and dry pectin in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Mix in sugar all at once.
  2. Stirring constantly, return to a full boil and boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Transfer immediately to sterile containers. Seal and chill in the refrigerator until serving.
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