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Crockpot Pumpkin Butter {5 Ingredients}

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The best old fashioned, easy pumpkin butter recipe from scratch, homemade with simple ingredients in crockpot. Loaded with pumpkin pie spice. Great as a spread, filling or topping. Rich, thick, sweet and smooth. Perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving!

Making homemade jams and spreads is one of my favorite things to do in Summer and Fall. I have already shared recipes for this Crockpot Apple Butter and this Homemade Strawberry Jam and my Homemade Dulce De Leche.

These homemade versions always taste fresher and even smell better and more aromatic than anything you would buy at stores.

If you are a fan of pumpkin pie, prepare to fall in love with today’s recipe. Just like apple butter, there is no actual butter in the recipe. It’s simply used as a spread, similar to how you would spread butter.

Also, I just to make it very clear from the beginning that this is not a recipe for pumpkin seed butter. That is made with the seeds of a pumpkin and this is made with the flesh of a pumpkin. Both are very different in flavor and texture.

Crockpot Pumpkin Butter Recipe

What is pumpkin butter?

It’s a very thick and concentrated form of pumpkin puree that’s created by cooking it long and slow with sugar and spices until it’s caramelized and dark brownish orange in color. It’s typically used as a spread but can also be used as a topping, filling or even thinned into a glaze.

How to make pumpkin butter in crockpot? On stovetop?

Slow cooker instructions– Add pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, apple cider, pumpkin pie spice in crockpot. Mix, cover and cook on Low heat for 6 hours. Cook uncovered for 30 minutes until thickened to your desired consistency. Let it cool and you are done.

Stovetop instructions– Add pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, apple cider, pumpkin pie spice in in a large nonstick pot. Cook, uncovered, on Low heat until dark brown and thickened to your desired consistency. Let it cool and you are done.

Can you can pumpkin butter?

Based on my research and after a lengthy conversation with my Mom, the answer is: NO! It cannot be canned at home (although commercial canning is possible). Home canning is unsafe because pumpkin is really low in acid, which is required for safe canning. Even the addition of lemon juice cannot bring up the pH level to a safe point and can potentially lead to the growth of bacteria and make people sick.

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

How long does pumpkin butter last?

Once it cools down completely, store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also store it in the freezer for up to 1 month and when you are ready to enjoy it, let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

Homemade Pumpkin Butter Uses

Beyond just eating by the spoonfuls, there are are so many other uses:

  • Spread– On breads, toasts, bagels, muffin, scones, biscuits.
  • Filling- In cakes, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, pies, tarts.
  • Topping– On pancakes, waffles, crepes, oatmeal, ice cream.
  • Flavor enhancer- To give smoothies, teas, coffees, milkshakes, lattes and other drinks a pumpkin kick.
  • Glaze– For savory dishes like pork chops and steak
Easy Pumpkin Butter

Tips and Techniques

  • Use pumpkin puree- NOT pumpkin pie filling. There is a very big difference. You can, however, use either homemade or store-bought pumpkin puree.
  • Why use the the slow cooker instead of cooking on stovetop? The main reason for this is to let it cook “low and slow” to get the best caramelization. Also, scorching/ burning is more likely on stovetop than a crockpot.
  • Adjust amount of sugar- Some people like this sweet while others don’t. Add more or less sugar, based on your preference. Use both, granulated and brown sugar for best flavor profile. You can also sweeten with honey or maple syrup. Artificial sweeteners can also be used.
  • Stir often– Because this prevents scorching and also allows everything to cook evenly.
  • How do you know it’s done? The color would change to a dark brownish orange shade and the mixture will be thick and glossy.
  • How to thicken butter? Just cook it uncovered, without lid, for longer to reduce the liquid further. It also thickens more as it cools.
  • Homemade pumpkin pie spice– Mix together the following ingredients together: 4 tsp cinnamon powder, 2 tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp nutmeg. This is a basic recipe. Feel free to adjust quantities of individual spices, based on your preference.
  • Can you substitute this butter for pumpkin puree? No, you will need to use whatever ingredient your recipe states because these two ingredients are not interchangeable.
  • Pumpkin peanut butter– Mix in a little peanut butter or any other nut butter in this recipe at the end to add a rich nutty flavor.
Pumpkin Spice Butter

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Crockpot Pumpkin Butter Recipe
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Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
 

Easy pumpkin butter recipe from scratch, homemade with simple ingredients in crockpot. Loaded with pumpkin pie spice. Great as a spread, filling or topping.

Servings: 4 Cups
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade butter
Calories: 386 kcal
Author: Abeer

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Pumpkin puree 15 oz. cans each
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider Or apple juice
  • 1/2-1 tbsp Pumpkin pie spice Adjust according to your taste

Instructions

  1. Add pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, apple cider, pumpkin pie spice in a slow cooker

  2. Mix everything together. 

  3. Cover and cook on Low heat for 6 hours, stirring often, to prevent scorching. 

  4. Cook uncovered without lid for 30 minutes to thicken it even further, if you like. Remember that this butter will thicken a little more as it cools. 

  5. Let it cool completely and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container or jar in the fridge for about 2 weeks. It can also be frozen in sealed containers for up to 1 month and thawed in the fridge overnight. 
Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Pumpkin Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386
% Daily Value*
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 504mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 97g 32%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 86g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 661.4%
Vitamin C 11.1%
Calcium 8.3%
Iron 18.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

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