Make Ahead

Winter Squash Butter

November  5, 2013
Photo by Bobbi Lin
Author Notes

Velvety sweet and spicy spreads starring your favorite winter squashes. —Sarah (The Yellow House)

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is great to have in your back pocket in the fall and winter, when squash is abundant. Using a hand blender, like the Braun MultiQuick 9, makes whipping up a batch super quick (and super easy to clean up!). —The Editors

  • Makes 4 small jars
  • Winter squash butter
  • 2 cups roasted squash
  • 1/2 cup brown or demerara sugar
  • 2 teaspoons spice blend of choice (see recipes for spice blends below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider (can substitute water)
  • Cardamom-clove-star anise spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
  • 1 small piece of a star anise pod
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
In This Recipe
  1. Winter squash butter
  2. (If you haven't yet roasted your squash, preheat the oven to 450° F, cut your winter squash of choice in half, remove the seeds and stringy bits, drizzle with a bit of neutral tasting oil, and roast until the flesh of the squash is very tender, 40 minutes to 1 hour.)
  3. Scooping the roasted squash flesh from the skin, measure out two full cups of winter squash, packing it into the measuring cup. Then transfer to a container and puree, using a hand blender.
  4. Add in sugar, spice blend, lemon juice, and apple cider and blend until smooth.
  5. Using a spatula, scrape the mixture into a medium saucepan. Bring the squash mixture to a simmer, and continue to simmer, scraping the bottom to prevent sticking and burning, for 10 to 15 minutes, until it thickens and becomes velvety.
  6. Allow the squash butter to cool, and then funnel into small jars. The butter will keep, refrigerated, for up to two weeks. (Please note that you can not safely can the squash butter.)
  1. Cardamom-clove-star anise spice blend
  2. Pulverize the cloves, cardamom seeds, and star anise pod. Mix with ground cinnamon.

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