Spiced Candied Pumpkin Seeds

by Pamela

Spiced Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin carving? Don’t throw away the seeds. Make these spiced candied pumpkin seeds for a sweet, spicy and crunchy snack.

When I was a kid, my favorite part of carving the pumpkin was roasting the pumpkin seeds. I loved the smell of them roasting in the oven and then getting to snack on the crunchy seeds when they had finally cooled off (which seemed like a lifetime of waiting but was really only a matter of a few minutes). My mom used different seasonings every year, but they were always a savory treat. I decided to throw a bit of sweet in the mix.

These candied pumpkin seeds still have a bit of that savory bite to them from some spicy cayenne pepper and a bit of salt, but these seeds are really about the sweet.

After I made these pumpkin seeds it took everything in me to keep from eating them all. It took even more to keep Craig out of them until I was able to take some pictures. But I think between the two of us stealing the seeds I only ended up with half the batch to take my pictures. Yes, they’re that good and addicting.

Spiced Candied Pumpkin Seeds

On top of being delicious, these candied pumpkin seeds are also good for you. Pumpkin seeds have zinc and magnesium in them along with plant based Omega 3’s. They also contain tryptophan to help with sleep. So see, sometimes snacking can be good for you.

Make sure when you scrape out your seeds, you get as much pumpkin off of the seeds as possible. That stuff doesn’t make for such good eating. You can rinse the seeds under water, using a strainer, to help remove the stringy pumpkin. Then you’ll have nice clean seeds to roast.

So if your looking for a healthy fall snack. Get into the Halloween spirit and carve a pumpkin. Take those seeds and make some spiced candied pumpkin seeds and you’ll have a tasty snack to eat while you’re handing out all that candy. Oh, and if you’re looking for a Halloween inspired dinner to make, this dinner in a pumpkin is easy and delicious.

Spiced Candied Pumpkin Seeds
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Pumpkin carving? Don't throw away the seeds. Make these spiced candied pumpkin seeds for a sweet, spicy and crunchy snack.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 cup cleaned pumpkin seeds
  1. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  2. Once melted, stir in the sugars and seasonings.
  3. Continue cooking until the sugars caramelize then add in the seeds.
  4. Cook, while continuously stirring, until the seeds are puffy (about 3-4 minutes).
  5. Pour everything out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and spread the mixture out.
  6. Let cool.
  7. Once everything has cooled and hardened, break into pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight container.


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Judith October 27, 2017 at 11:32 am

10.27.2017 I’ve never eaten pumpkin seeds before. Do you eat them like sunflower seeds where you crack open the seed and eat the center or do you just eat the whole seed? Will wait to hear from you. J.

Pamela October 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Hi Judith, you can eat the whole seed. If you don’t like the rough outer shell you can eat them like sunflower seeds, but I like to eat the whole seed. Enjoy!!!

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