This recipe, by Jackie Hardin, won honorable mention in The 2010 Old Farmer’s Almanac Recipe Contest.
Preheat a waffle iron.
In a bowl, combine pumpkin, ½ cup butter, milk, vanilla, and egg yolks.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
Beat egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into batter.
Pour into waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s directions.
Top waffles with pecan butter and garnish with pecans.
In a bowl, combine ½ cup of butter, confectioners’ sugar, and butter pecan flavoring. Stir to combine.