Butternut Squash Butter

This recipe for Butternut Squash Butter first appeared on Mama.Mommy.Mom. on October 7, 2012.


Hey, y’all!  It’s been an amazingly cool week outside and I am craving Fall flavors.  I know some of you are jealous because you’re still fighting the heat, but don’t worry… I’ll probably be dealing with my fair share of warm days before we see any real cold set it.  We are already seeing signs of the changing seasons though, mostly in the trees.  Our yard is full of leaves, yet the grass is still growing and the lawn mower needs to be fired up this weekend.  Reds, Yellows, Browns and Oranges – they are gorgeous, but they won’t stay around for long.  I love the orange ones, they remind me of pumpkins and other Fall bounty (like Butternut Squash).


When most people think ‘fall’ and ‘orange’, their minds immediately go to pumpkins.  Pumpkins are great, but my favorite orange food for fall?  Butternut Squash.  Seriously.  As I’m about to prove, this is one heck of a versatile veggie (or is it a fruit?)  Butternut squash makes an amazing base for soups, you can roast it, you can smash it, it’s a fantastic ‘first food’ for babies, and you can make a ‘butter’ out of it that no one will believe is squash.

Butternut Squash Butter – You Won’t Believe It #SundaySupper

Butternut Squash Butter – You Won’t Believe It #SundaySupper


  • 1 Butternut Squash (Medium to Large)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Split the squash lengthwise and scrap out the seeds.
  3. Place the squash cut side down in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  4. Add enough water to come about 1/2″ up the side of the pan.
  5. Bake the squash for 60 minutes, or until fork tender.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool until it can be handled with ease.
  7. Using a spoon, scrap the squash flesh from the peel into a sauce pan.
  8. Add the remaining ingredients, stir to mix well and cover.
  9. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  10. Transfer the squash mixture to the blender (or use an immersion blender) and blend until smooth. The squash butter can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week, you can freeze it or can it to preserve it for several months..
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Seriously, guys… this stuff was no joke.  I could have eaten this until it made me sick.  Even my kids were all over it.  Both turned their noses up at squash anything, but after I got a bite of it in them, I couldn’t keep them out of it.  No one will believe you are feeding them squash, I promise!

This was absolutely delicious on toasted English Muffins or straight out of a bowl with a spoon.

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54 Responses to Butternut Squash Butter

  1. Laura Hunter says:

    I too am butternut squash obsessed and this sounds so good. I just made some apple butter for Christmas gifts and I think this would be a fun and unique butter to make for gifts as well.

  2. I make pumpkin butter and the family loves it – I never even thought about using butternut before! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that is has such little sugar in it – most fruit butters are loaded down with it! I am totally going to have to try this! Thank you for joining in this week!

  3. I’ve never heard of Butternut Squash Butter before and it looks delicious!

  4. What a great way to use butternut squash! I have puree in my fridge all the time and this is the perfect recipe for it. Happy Sunday!

  5. Renee Dobbs says:

    Pass me the jar and a spoon and I’ll be happy. I might have to spread it on toast or biscuits too.

  6. Thanks for sharing this! I would have never thought of making a “butter” out of squash!

  7. Sounds great to me! gonna give it a try!

  8. Megan Wood says:

    I love butternut squash – I am so happy you shared this recipe w/ us. I am making pumpkin butter sometime this week & will be making this next!

  9. seetfei says:

    This look divine and delicious! I shall try it out!

  10. seetfei says:

    This look divine and delicious! I shall try it out!

  11. Katie says:

    Such a good point about butternut squash! I sometimes think that pumpkin gets all the glory during the fall, but butternut squash is absolutely wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe: sounds great!

  12. Sheila Fretz says:

    This looks so yummy and tasty!

  13. OMG. I can’t believe you did that with butternut squash. You need to sell this at a road-side stand. I’d buy it all!

  14. This looks fabulous! I make pumpkin butter every year, but never thought about butternut butter. What a terrific idea!

  15. This sounds wonderful–and what a great gift it would make around the holidays!

  16. This looks fantastic!

  17. Val~paL says:

    My mouth is watering!!!!! Great presentation! 🙂

  18. Tara says:

    Oh yum, that looks so good!!

  19. tina says:

    I am following the ornage themed blogs today and was thrilled to stumble upon this great looking recipe! I have SOOOO many butternut squash this year and this recipe looks lovely. Going to make it right now!:) Thanks!

  20. This is such a cool recipe! I would’ve never thought of making butter with butternut squash and now after reading this post, I think, why the heck not?! I LOVE butternut squash so this is right up my alley.

  21. Carla says:

    Not going to lie – it looks like pumpkin butter!! Well they are both members of the squash family. Butternut is one of my favorite fall veggies too. In fact, I bought one the other day to make dinner sometime this week. Or butter. Butter for dinner? 😉

  22. Susan says:

    I’ve never heard of butternut squash butter but what a creative use for it!

  23. Soooo Goood! Thank you for sharing.

  24. I would have no problem getting my boys to eat this, yummmy!

  25. Sarah Reid says:

    So clever! Can’t wait to make this

  26. This is soooo creative! Looks like it would be tasty on a bagel.

  27. Tora Estep says:

    Butternut squash is my favorite squash. It’s so delicious and so versatile. It can basically stand in for pumpkin in any pumpkin recipe, including sweets.

  28. Butternut Squash is a favortie of mine, too. The only thing I hate about it is peeling and cutting it. Such a pain. But so worth it. I am going to have to try this for sure.

  29. Yeah, I’m thinking I’d probably be spooning that directly into my mouth. I love all sorts of “butters”, and I know this would be no exception. Sigh…my to-make list is growing longer with each “orange” post!

  30. Squash butter?! This I have to try!

  31. This looks very good…I’ve never cooked with butternut, but maybe this would be a good way to get my feet wet!

  32. Kris Adair says:

    I keep butternut squash on hand all winter. Running to the fridge right now to make this. Love it!

  33. Thank you for sharing this! I’m always on the lookout for great ways to use butternut squash.

  34. Lizzy Do says:

    What a fantastic idea! I’ve only eaten apple butter, but never even attempted to make it. Maybe you better just drop one of those delicious jars in the mail to me so I can tell you if it’s as amazing as it sounds 🙂

  35. FamilySpice says:

    Ok, never heard of butternut squash butter – LOVE IT! Can it and pass on for Christmas gifts, too!

  36. Kim Bee says:

    Genius idea. I love this recipe. It’s so unique and different.

  37. This looks marvellous! I’m going to try this FOR SURE! I love Butternut Squash so I won’t feel bad about having this spoonfuls at a time! 🙂

  38. Oh my goodness yes please.
    This looks SO good and I’ve never even heard of it before. I would loe this on some toast or an english muffin the morning. This looks fantastic!

  39. Pumpkin butter is heavenly and I’ll bet butternut squash butter is even better. Can’t wait to try!

  40. Wow I am seeing so many awesome recipes for things I have never tried before, I love it, this looks great!!

  41. Love fruit butters of all kinds & this one looks fab ! Will make this since I have so much pumpkin puree ! Thanks for sharing ! Lovely pics

  42. Huh? Never would have thought of this. Sounds great though!

  43. Alice Choi says:

    I love this! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  44. Sarah says:

    I was slightly confused there was no dairy in the recipe but I don’t care what you call it. I just want a big jar of it so I can take a spoon straight to the jar. Great recipe!

  45. Kris Adair says:

    Making this now to put in little half-pint jars to can for wedding favors. No time like midnight the night before we leave. Smells amazing!

  46. Chelsea says:

    I love pumpkin butter and apple butter but butternut squash?! Great idea!

  47. Angelique says:

    What a wonderful recipe. How long would you can these? How long would a jar last in the freezer and do the jars need to be sterilized?

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  49. Wow, this sounds so interesting! I’ve pinned it because I have a case of boxed butternut in my pantry! Have a great week!

  50. It looks so rich!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!!

  51. Maria says:

    Ive heard of pumpkin butter but never of butternut squash butter! How clever, and it looks like it would be delicious on almost anything. Thank you for sharing this with us on #shinebloghop this week. So glad you were able to join us!

  52. Quinn says:

    Never thought about making butternut butter, Sounds great! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Throwback Thursday. Pinned and shared!

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