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One of my families favorite part about Halloween is making roasted pumpkin seeds (other than wearing their favorite costumes of course). The kids love eating them as a snack over the few days following carving jack o lanterns. We usually carve about three medium-large pumpkins which yield about 5.5 cups of pumpkin seeds. That’s a lot of seeds.
Last year I was trying to come up with something else to do with pumpkin seeds besides just roasting them. I can see them being good for arts and crafts or planting in the spring, but I decided I wanted something sweet (go figure). While referring to a peanut brittle recipe I came up with pumpkin seed brittle.
Pumpkin seed brittle is super simple to do especially when using the microwave. It may also be good for those with peanut allergies. Not exactly sure on that though.
- 1 1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 TB butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
Line a baking sheet with foil or wax or parchment paper and lightly grease. Place the sugar, corn syrup, pumpkin seeds, and salt in a microwave safe container like a large glass measuring cup or a glass bowl. Microwave the mixture for 6 minutes on high at 700W. If your microwave’s wattage is higher than 700w set it to 70% power.
At the microwave’s bing add in the butter and vanilla and microwave 4 more minutes. To tell if the candy is ready drop a bit of the mixture into cold water. If it separates into hard, thread like things it’s done.
When the 4 minutes are up quickly stir in the baking soda until it foams and then quickly pour the mixture in one swoop onto the pre-prepared baking sheet. Let it cool completely and then break into pieces. Enjoy!
My boys love this! Just a minute ago my oldest was asking if the pumpkin seed brittle could be his dessert for tonight (I’m amazed he’s choosing this over chocolate chocolate chip cookies). I can’t complain though, at least there’s some fiber in there. What is your favorite dessert?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.