Light Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
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Light Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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Try this zippy twist on a Halloween tradition from our Test Kitchen. It’s got just enough heat to take the chill off autumn afternoons and snackers!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds
  • 5 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 250°. Line a 15x10x1-in. pan with foil; coat foil with cooking spray.
  2. Mix first four ingredients. In a bowl, toss remaining ingredients. Add seasonings; toss to coat. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  3. Bake until seeds are lightly browned and dry, 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Yield: 2 cups.
Originally published as Roasted Pumpkin Seeds in Light & Tasty October/November 2006, p34

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ms11145 User ID: 1604521 66087
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"I love fall because it means pumpkins. I roast the seeds after carving our pumpkins. I realize that this recipe deals with seeds that you purchase. But I tried it with the hulls and it worked okay. If using already shelled seeds, I would cut down the butter by 1 tsp., though."

gretchen74 User ID: 1540547 160808
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2012

"This recipe is a tradition here at ou house after the pumkins are carved. We have tried other recipes but everyone agrees this is still the best one."

aubsmc User ID: 4410313 98615
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"I only had one cup of pumpkin seeds so I used 3TB butter, 1 tsp. W. sauce, 1/2t. garlic powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2t. sugar, and 1/4t. cajun seasoning. They are excellent! Will make again!!!"

Elfman42 User ID: 3891696 160794
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"In the interest of heart healthy I replaced the butter with olive oil; the results are fantastic. This is a snack that is elevated from (still wonderful) buttery/salty/crunchy to savoury with just a hint of zip from the pepper. I have one more pumpkin to carve before the end of this week and those seeds will be prepared using this recipe again!"

Anniejones User ID: 4395469 114235
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

"Looks like a great recipe can't wait to try it.


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