Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Butter S'mores

True confession time:  I love s'mores.

And Brad and I eat them all the time.  We have a fire pit in our back yard, and s'mores are just about the easiest desert on a warm summer night.  We have tried all kinds of variations, but always come back to the traditional Hershey's chocolate, vanilla marshmallow and golden graham crackers.

Brad and I even set up a s'mores bar on our back patio for our rehearsal dinner, with homemade marshmallows (thanks, Martha!) and these super long grilling sticks Brad's parents brought us from Medora, ND.

Sometimes a classis is a classic because it's simply the best.

But the other night I suggested to Brad we try adding some pumpkin butter to our s'mores, as I'd seen on oh joy!  Since we still don't have Trader Joe's here in Colorado (!),

Pumpkin Butter
I scanned the web for a homemade pumpkin butter recipe and found a really easy one at bakedbree.com.

Following bakedbree's lead, I gathered all the ingredients:

2 (15 oz) cans of pumpkin puree (not pie filling mix)
1 1/4 cups pure maple syrup
1/2 cup apple juice
2 Tablespoons lemon juice (approximately one lemon)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combined everything in a slow cooker

and then let it cook on low for 6 hours.  If you make this, be sure and leave the lid OFF the slow cooker; I failed to do this until Brad suggested that maybe -- just maybe :) -- that's why it was taking so long to thicken up.  Yes, he's pretty much always right.

I wish a photograph could convey how amazing this made our house smell on Sunday.  It was the perfect fall day outside, with the perfect fall scent inside.

This recipe will yield about 3 cups of pumpkin butter, which would be delicious on toast or bagels, stirred into oatmeal, or on s'mores.

Oh, yes, the s'mores.  That's what we're all here for, right?

We spread a layer of this yummy pumkin butter on a graham cracker, toasted up that big, fat marshmallow and dove in.  

And it was good.  It was very good.


  1. OMG! IT'S HEAVEN! What a recipe! Like a Reese's Cup in a S'More. We are going to try that recipe! Loved yours in your backyard! Thank you for this!
    Love you guys!

  2. I agree! We're fans of the Reese's Cup s'more also. And s'mores made with filled Ghiradelli chocolate squares, in all sorts of flavors. Haven't yet met a s'more I didn't like. :)

  3. I love homemade pumpkin butter and I agree it would be so yummy in my morning oats. This might be a good idea for a hostess gift when we go out to our friends lake house.
    Thanks Kathleen!

  4. I agree, I think it would make a great hostess gift! You should check out bakedbree's blog (link in post above) for how she wrapped hers for gift giving. Very cute!