Have you guys tried the pumpkin butter from Trader Joes? It’s a big deal. I went and picked some up last week to see what all the hype was about – and it really is delicious. There was something bugging me about it, though. It was too simple. I kept thinking about how easily I could make it myself! So when I went through half the jar in a week I decided to try making a batch.
Now – there three things you need to know. 1. This homemade pumpkin butter is truly just as easy to make as it is to drive to TJ’s and buy. 2. It is not actually a butter, so if you haven’t tried this stuff before you should know – it is dairy-free so it’s more like a jam or preserve of sorts. Still delicious, just not technically a butter. I don’t want anyone getting on my case for not telling you about this! 3. The ingredients list lemon juice, I opted to use apple juice and also omitted ginger (I have an aversion to it) so this is not an exact ‘trader joes pumpkin butter copycat recipe.’ It’s pretty similar in taste, though and I promise you will not be disappointed!
Homemade Pumpkin Butter
- 3.5 cups pumpkin puree or 1 29 oz. can NOT pumpkin pie filling
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup apple juice or cider
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 to 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon to taste
- 1 to 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice to taste
Add all ingredients to crockpot; stir well. Turn crockpot on low and cook for about 2.5 hours or until it becomes thick and smooth, stirring occasionally.
This recipe yields two 15 oz. jars of pumpkin butter, but if that's not enough you could easily multiply the recipe to make a bigger batch!
Done! I made some cute printable labels to put on the jars because I want to give them to some friends. You can print some by clicking here if you want. Then I pictured myself reading comments in two weeks with people asking for a blank version of the label – so I went ahead and made a blank label that you could use for any fall baking or canning! Print those by clicking here or by clicking on the image below. I just love the buffalo plaid pattern these days. Anyone else?!
So now I have this new pumpkin butter and I’ve been neglecting the other half of my TJ’s pumpkin butter because, well, I like mine better.
A quick recommendation on how to enjoy it: ON EVERYTHING. Toast, bagels, crepes, a spoon, rolls, ice cream… the list goes on. You can make everything you eat all day long taste like pumpkin pie, and if you can do that, why wouldn’t you?! Let me know what you think when you try this out!