Sweet Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

These sweet salty roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack to make after carving pumpkins. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, salty and cinnamon flavor.

Sweet Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by Nutmeg Nanny

I have found my new favorite treat. Sweet & salty roasted pumpkin seeds….sooooo delicious! The best part is that they are really easy and can be made in no time. These are all things I’m looking for when I’m having a sweet tooth attack.

After you pull these seeds out of the oven you have to give them a few minutes to cool down. If you try to eat them hot off the pan you will burn your fingers with hot sugar. I know this because it happened to me. Don’t be dumb like me…ok? Smile

Sweet Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by Nutmeg Nanny

After the seeds have cooled you can break them apart. Because the sugar melts in the oven all the seeds will get stuck together…kinnda like a brittle. However, it breaks apart really easy so you can fill a whole bowl with this delicious treat. I also sprinkled my seeds with a little pinch of additional salt after they got out of the oven…yum!

Sweet Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by Nutmeg Nanny


Sweet Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

These sweet salty roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack to make after carving pumpkins. It's the perfect balance of sweet, salty and cinnamon flavor.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup rinsed and cleaned whole pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt (add more if you choose too)

Source: Nutmeg Nanny


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a half sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper.

Add pumpkin seeds, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and kosher salt.

Add seeds to oven and after ten minutes stir the nuts. Let the seeds cook for 7-8 minutes longer. Making sure to not let the sugar burn.

Pull the seeds out of the oven, sprinkle with a pinch more of kosher salt and let cool for 10 minutes.

At this point you can break the seeds into smaller "chunks"

32 Responses to “Sweet Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds”

  1. #
    Cookin' Canuck — October 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Pumpkin seeds are one of our favorite parts of Halloween. We carve at least three pumpkins just so we can get more seeds. Your salty-sweet version sound wonderful!

  2. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — October 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Wow…these look amazing! If the seeds are cooked just right, then look out it’s tough to stop eating them. From the pics, these seeds look perfect!!!

  3. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — October 18, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Oh my goodness…these sound amazing! I love the sweet and salty flavor combination.

  4. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 18, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Cinnamon is such a great idea for spicing pumpkin seeds!

  5. #
    Veronica Miller — October 18, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I can just imagine how delicious these are! All my fingers would have bandaids on them. 🙂

  6. #
    Erica — October 18, 2011 at 4:53 am

    This sounds so good! And i cant tell you how many times ive burnt my tongue and fingers trying to eat something right after i baked it

  7. #
    Marla — October 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

    These are the ultimate nutty snack, would love them in oatmeal & parfaits.

  8. #
    Lyndsey — October 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Yum! My favorite treat this time of year. These look amazing!

  9. #
    Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup — October 18, 2011 at 11:14 am

    1) I love anything sweet and salty and 2) I just realized that I haven’t roasted any pumpkin or squash seeds this year. Thanks for the reminder!!

  10. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I can honestly say I’ve never had pumpkin seeds – ever! I should really give them a try sometime 🙂

  11. #
    Keeley @ My Life on a Plate — October 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    These look yummy! I think I remember eating pumpkin seeds many, many years ago (like elementary school). I guess I can buy these at a store? There’s no way I’m carving up a whole pumpkin to get the seeds!

  12. #
    shannon — October 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    i love simply roasted pumpkin seeds, but these sound even better 🙂

  13. #
    Joanne — October 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I’m totally guilty of attempting to eat candied nuts straight off the pan…never a good idea. I definitely need to try these especially since I have butternut seeds hanging around left and right!

  14. #
    Jersey Girl Cooks — October 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Wow, this sounds so good!

  15. #
    Michelle Jaffee — October 18, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Second best thing about pumpkin carving?? Seeds!! : )

  16. #
    Jennifer Little — October 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    oh, I am just getting ready to carve pumpkins this week and the kids really enjoyed the seeds last year. Always good to have a little variety in recipes. Will definitely have to try this one!

  17. #
    Deborah — October 19, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I totally want to go and buy a pumpkin just so I can make these!!

  18. #
    Faith — October 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Mmm, definitely the perfect fall snacking treat!

  19. #
    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — October 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Oh my! I’ve been meaning to make some yummy pumpkin seeds!

    Thanks for the inspiration 😉

  20. #
    brandi — October 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    i’ve got to get a pumpkin already!

  21. #
    Reeni — October 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    How insanely delicious! Can’t wait to make my own!

  22. #
    Kerstin — October 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Mmm, these sound super tasty and addicting!

  23. #
    Barbara — October 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Would you believe I’ve never made these? My son makes them every year for his family so I steal from them! Will compare your recipe to his….

  24. #
    rebecca — October 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    lovely recipe and perfect for pumpkin season

  25. #
    Cakelaw — October 24, 2011 at 6:52 am

    These look and sound fab!

  26. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — October 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Yum! I love nibbling on pumpkin seeds, and these ones look just perfect!

  27. #
    Angela — November 7, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Yay! My first sucessful pmpkin seed batch. These are super yummy and easy. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • admin replied: — November 7th, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

      Yum! I loved these seeds…now I want more…haha 🙂

  28. #
    Patty — November 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog – love it so far! Making these seeds this afternoon, hopefully there’s some left by the time my hubby gets home!


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