Pumpkin Butter


In the fall, when squash and pumpkins are in their prime, make this pumpkin butter your go-to add-in. This silky preserve toes the line between sweet and savory: Try it on toast with cream cheese, in whipped cream, or melted into a mixture of sage and brown butter for an autumnal pasta sauce.

Pumpkin Butter
Photo: Justin Walker
Active Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
Makes 2 1/2 cups


  • 1 (3-pound) sugar pumpkin, stemmed, halved lengthwise, and seeded

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup apple cider

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg

  • Pinch of ground cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush cut sides of pumpkin halves with oil. Arrange pumpkin halves, cut side down, on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated oven until very tender when pierced with a fork, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  2. Scoop flesh from cooled pumpkin; transfer to bowl of a food processor. Discard pumpkin shell. Add apple cider; process until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Add brown sugar, honey, vinegar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, and cloves; process until smooth, about 20 seconds, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.

  3. Transfer pumpkin mixture to a saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula to ensure bottom of saucepan does not scorch and sides of saucepan stay clean, until mixture is reduced by one-third and turns slightly darker in color, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

Make Ahead

Store Pumpkin Butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks.

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