Candied pepitas are addicting and perfect for snacking. Add some spices and you’ll have pumpkin pie spiced candied pepitas. The perfect addition to all of your fall treats!
This post originally was posted October 2016 and has since been updated for user experience.
If you’ve ever been to New York City, you’re well versed in the smell of candied nuts.
They always remind me of the fall and winter day trips Alex and I would make pre-kiddos when we would just wander around all day eating.
The other day I was making my sugar free pumpkin spice coffee creamer and I had a craving, but all I had on hand was these pepitas.
Candied Pumpkin Seeds (aka Pepitas) for the win
OH MY GOODNESS GUYS. I hit the jackpot.
Because the pepitas are small, you’ve got more surface area, meaning more sugar per seed.
I added in some pumpkin pie spice instead of plain old cinnamon and seriously guys, YOU NEED THESE.
What are pepitas?
Before we get too far into it, let’s cover this. Pepitas are the seed that comes inside the shelled pumpkin seed you find when carving pumpkins. You can buy them in bulk so don’t bother shelling them youself.
Can you use Whole Pumpkin Seeds?
Yup – I just prefer the pepitas because you get more tastiness and I like the texture of pepitas better.
Candied Pumpkin Seeds are so stupid easy.
Here’s the thing – candying nuts this way is super easy and just takes a few minutes.
I’ve done it with almonds, pecans, and peanuts and – unless I forget about it on the stove – it’s pretty foolproof.
I knew that some candied pumpkin seeds would be tasty, and that with the addition of pumpkin pie spice it would be even better – yup, definitely right.
Candied Pumpkin Seeds ingredients:
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Best part – these are so easy to make. Here’s what you’ll need:
- White sugar
- Pumpkin Pie Spice (You could also just use cinnamon, but I like the depth of flavor from pumpkin pie spice.)
How to use these candied pepitas:
I love these as a fun little addition to my morning yogurt or oatmeal.
It would also be a fun addition to top pumpkin pie or mixed into pumpkin muffins. I’m totally going to top my sweet potato muffins with them next time I make them!
They’d also make super cute and tasty little holiday gifts.
How do you store sugared pumpkin seeds?
Since these are sugared, you’ll need to store them in an airtight container to avoid moisture. They should last quite some time (I’d say around 2 weeks to be safe) but I’ve never had them last longer than a few days.
How to make Candied Pumpkin Seeds
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Candied Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or just cinnamon
- 8 ounces pepitas
- 1/4 tsp salt
In a large pan over medium low heat, bring water and sugar to a boil.
Add in spice, salt, and shelled pumpkin seeds.
Stir constantly, thickening the syrup.
Once the syrup begins to crystallize (be patient!), take the pan off the heat.
Continue stirring until the seeds are coated and separate.
Don’t leave it on the heat once the sugar crystallizes. It will create a more sticky caramel type coating on the pepitas. Delicious, but not what we’re going for.
You can actually use pumpkin seed with the shells on here as well, but I prefer the pepitas.
Put on EVERYTHING. No, but really. These are so amazing and addicting. Keep them far away from you or else you will just pick at them all day. 😉
Okay, so tell me – do you love those street nuts? Mommas – do you nap during naptimes? Let me know in the comments!
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