Easy Peanut Butter Pumpkins

October 1, 2018
Aren't these adorable?? Not only are they adorable, easy Peanut Butter Pumpkins are just plain fun to make and sure make for one cute & tasty little fall treat! Perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any fun fall event.

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Happy October, everyone!  

The month has just barely begun, and our 8-year-old little one is already obsessed with what she's going to be for Halloween.  We had to make our first run to the Halloween store yesterday afternoon to start scoping out the costumes and getting ideas for how she's going to dress up.

Her current thinking? ~ She's going to be a vampire.  And she just can't wait to put on some drops of fake blood.  I think my years of cute, sweet little costumes are over.

Not only are they adorable, easy Peanut Butter Pumpkins are just plain fun to make and sure make for one cute & tasty little fall treat!

To get even more in the fall and Halloween spirit than our daughter already is, we had some fun yesterday whipping up a batch of these easy little Peanut Butter Pumpkins.  

Aren't they just adorable?

And when I say easy  little Peanut Butter Pumpkins, I do mean easy.  The homemade candy corn I made a couple years back? ~ While certainly a fun project, it doesn't quite fall in the "easy" category.

But these pumpkins? ~ Definitely  easy.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pumpkins Image

I learned to make these from my former assistant principal, back a few years ago when I was a 1st grade teacher.  She made a huge platter full as a treat for us teachers to grab and enjoy with our lunch.

They are so adorable, I just had to learn how to make them.  She was happy to share her recipe.

To make these little cuties, start by whipping up a very simple peanut butter dough.

Place some butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl and beat it with an electric mixer until it's well combine and smooth.

The easiest way to get the food coloring to mix evenly throughout the dough is to mix it in with the water before you add it to the dough.  

If your butter is softened, the mixture comes together nice and smooth in no time at all.

Then add in a little bit of water, some vanilla extract, and a few drops of red and yellow food coloring.  

The easiest way to get the food coloring to mix evenly throughout the dough is to mix it in with the water before you add it to the dough.  

That way, you easily get it mixed in and get an even color ~ instead of ending up with red or yellow streaks in the dough that are nearly impossible to stir out.

Dough for No-Bake Peanut Butter Pumpkins Image

The food coloring gives the dough a little hint of orange, which makes the peanut butter pumpkins look more pumkin-y.

If you're opposed to food coloring, by all means, leave it out.  The pumpkins will just be a light tan color instead of on the light orange side.

I love that each pumpkin comes out with its own look and "personality."  Just like all of us, no two are alike.

Once the dough is mixed, chill it for a few minutes ... about 20 or so.  This makes it just a little less sticky to work with when forming it into pumpkins.

Then working with a small piece of dough at a time, use your hands to roll some dough into a small ball.

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Then use a toothpick to add vertical lines to make the dough ball look like a pumpkin.

The easiest way to add "pumpkin lines" is to place a toothpick vertically up against the dough ball, like this:

How to Make Easy Peanut Butter Pumpkins Image

And then gently lean the toothpick in, pressing it into the dough ball, like this:

How to Use a Toothpick to Make Lines on Peanut Butter Pumpkins Image

Press the toothpick in pretty good to get a nice indentation.

When we made our batch, my daughter tried drawing the lines on with the end of the toothpick instead of using the "press in" method ... that didn't work very well at all.

Then use the toothpick to repeat indentations all the way around the dough ball, making about 5 or 6 "pumpkin lines" total.

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Finally, pop a mini chocolate chip on top for a stem, and you're done!

You'll have an adorable little peanut butter pumpkin that looks about like this:

Mini Chocolate Chip for a Pumpkin Stem on Peanut Butter Pumpkins Image

So cute!

I love that each pumpkin comes out with its own look and "personality."  Just like all of us, no two are alike.

Our daughter had fun making her pumpkins all different sizes ... and even made a few cute little baby pumpkins.  Not to mention, there may have been a couple of peanut butter snowmen, too.

3 Sizes of Peanut Butter Pumpkins Image

Peanut Butter Pumpkins are such a great little family project ... It's kind of like modeling with edible play-dough.  I know we sure had a good time making ours.

And hey, you get to eat your creations.

So grab your jar of peanut butter and whip up a batch for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any fun fall event.  Because these little cuties are just plain fun to make and sure make for one cute & tasty little fall treat!

Pumpkin Truffles Image
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Easy Peanut Butter Pumpkins
(Print recipe)
  1. With an electric mixer, mix together peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter until well combined and smooth.
  2. Place vanilla extract and food coloring in the water. Add water to the peanut butter mixture and mix until combined. Chill for about 20 to 30 minutes.  (NOTE: Use more or less food coloring to suit your desired color.)
  3. Shape a small piece of the peanut butter dough into a small ball ~ the mixture is very rich, so keep your dough balls on the small side.
  4. To make pumpkin stripes: Place a toothpick vertically up against the side of the dough ball. Gently tip the toothpick toward the dough ball to press it into the dough, creating a vertical indentation line in the dough. Repeat to create about 5 or 6 lines around the dough ball.
  5. Top with a mini chocolate chip for a stem.
  6. Repeat with remaining dough.
  7. Store finished peanut butter pumpkins in the refrigerator.
* The dough can easily become too sticky, so be sure to not measure over the 1/4 cup of water.  If anything, err on the side of using slightly less than 1/4 cup.

Makes about 50-60 pumpkins, depending on the size you make them.


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  1. You always amazes me with the cute, fun, creative, tasty food ideas you post. Will be making this tonight. Thank you

    1. Oh, thank you so much for your kind words, Ivory Jean! Enjoy the pumpkins!

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