You’re going to love this easy Pumpkin Butter recipe! Just add a few ingredients to your slow-cooker, let it simmer and you can enjoy this amazing fall treat all season!
Do you eat it Pumpkin Spice things year round or save them for the fall months? Either way you’re going to love this Pumpkin Butter.
You’ll probably also love my Pumpkin Swirl Brownies (they get rave reviews every time I make them!) and our Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Bars. Check out our fall recipes page to browse all of the Pumpkin goodness.
Have you guys tried the pumpkin butter from Trader Joes? It’s a big deal. I went and picked some up a few years ago to see what all the hype was about – and it really is delicious. There was something bugging me about it, though. 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.
What is Pumpkin Butter?
- Pumpkin Butter is pumpkin pureé that has been combined with spices, like cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, apple juice or cider, and maybe a little sugar. Then it is simmered and reduced until thick and creamy.
Other fun facts
- Homemade pumpkin butter is truly just as easy to make as it is to drive to TJ’s and buy.
- It is pretty healthy and is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
How to Make Pumpkin Butter in a Slow Cooker
Add all ingredients to a slow cooker. Mix well and put the lid on.
Cook on low for 2.5 – 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
You are done! Add pumpkin butter to small glass jars like these and store it in the refrigerator when not in use.
Once I made this pumpkin butter, I’ve never bought TJ’s pumpkin butter again. I like mine better, and it’s so easy that I can’t justify paying for it!
Because I like to give this to friends, I made some buffalo plaid labels to go on the jars. I went ahead and made a blank label that you could use for any fall baking or canning!
Print those by clicking here. I just love the buffalo plaid pattern these days. Anyone else?!
Can you can pumpkin butter?
Pumpkin butter is not safe to can at home, at least not if you plan to store it on a shelf at room temperature. You can read more about why here.
Instead of keeping it on the shelf, I store it in small jars with air-tight lids in the fridge or freezer. It keeps for a month to six weeks in the fridge, or a few months in the freezer!
What to put Pumpkin Butter on:
- Just eat it with a spoon
You can also put it in oatmeal or warm it up and drizzle it over 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!
Homemade Pumpkin Butter
- 3.5 cups pumpkin puree (or 1 29 oz. can)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup apple juice or cider
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or to taste
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or to taste
- Add all ingredients to crockpot; stir well. Turn crockpot on low and cook for about 3 hours or until it becomes thick and smooth, stirring occasionally.
This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been updated with new photos, a video and more detailed information.