Socially Awkward Cooking with Shannon: Pumpkin Butter

Words by Shannon Minor

The autumn winds blow in crisp air and changing leaves, but also scents of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice. This Pumpkin Butter recipe is inexpensive and simple to make. Spread this pumpkin-deliciousness on toast or simply indulge with a spoon. This also makes for a great homemade gift as the holiday season begins to drift in.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, or 1 (29 ounce) can (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)

Directions:
Combine pureed pumpkin, vanilla, apple juice, spices, cinnamon sticks and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Adjust spices to your taste. Makes 3 3/4 cups

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