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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thanksgiving Prep: Pumpkin Butter

I have a scrumptious Thanksgiving recipe that you can make this week, long before all the Thanksgiving cooking really begins.

I recently purchased the Muirhead Pumpkin Butter from Williams-Sonoma. Love this stuff. (Try whipping it up with some heavy cream or cream cheese. Pure heaven.  Or use as a base for pumpkin pie!)

But at $10 a jar, not the most frugal of purchases. So, I decided to try making my own. The recipe I found here was delicious. It’s just as good as the stuff from Williams-Sonoma. Although, not as sweet, which isn’t bad actually. (I do think I’ll add more sugar next time.)  Not only is pumpkin butter great for Thanksgiving, but also as a gift for friends this holiday season.

One quick note. When it’s time to simmer the butter for 15 minutes…well, it’s so thick that it pops and makes a huge mess as it “simmers.” I put the next-size-up lid on my saucepan and kept it propped open with my wooden spoon…that way the moisture could escape to help thicken the butter, but your kitchen doesn’t look like the battleground for the Great Pumpkin War of 2008.

Tomorrow I am going to finalize the Thanksgiving menu!  I’ve got some tough decisions to make…


  1. Delicious! I saw a recipe for pumpkin waffles and it called for the pumpkin butter, so now I can make them!

  2. I’m giving you an award! Love your site!

  3. Mmm, looks yummy. What a lucky family you have!

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    Jane Maynard

    melissa…I’ll have to get that recipe from you!

    rebekah – you’re sweet – thanks! 🙂

    annie – oh yes, my family is SO lucky to have me. 😉 you’re sweet, too.

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    This may sound crazy but I had pumpkin for the first time two years ago this month…I’m 21 years old. So, I’m fresh new to the world of pumpkin! What is pumpkin butter used for?

  6. well, there are recipes that call for it (pumpkin pie, waffles, etc)…it’s great on toast/pancakes/waffles…or, like I mentioned, whip it with cream or cream cheese as a topping. you could probably even put a little on vanilla ice cream and it would be yummy! anyone else have any uses?

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    OMG! you saved my life! I live in Germany and just received a jar of Williams Sonoma Pumpkin Butter as a present. A friend of mine bought it while on vacation in San Francisco. Reminds me so much of the lovely foodie experiences I had while living in Tennessee! So I figured I definitely need a receipe for that… I will definitely try it! Thanks so much!

  8. you are very welcome, isabel! 🙂

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    Trader Joe’s has an awesome pumpkin butter, and it’s cheap too. I agree about the stuff at William’s Sonoma being too expensive, although it is really good. 🙂

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