How to make microwave pumpkin seed brittle

What do do with fresh pumpkin seeds

After making the great Jack-O-Lantern it’s sometimes hard to know what to do with the seeds out of the pumpkin — it’s very easy to make them into a wonderful pumpkin seed brittle; or you can buy hulled, raw, pumpkin seeds or Pepita to use in this delightful and simple recipe.

This tasty concoction comes together quick and easy because it is made in the microwave oven! All that is needed is a baking sheet, some really good spices, some sugar, and a little time and Viola, Pumpkin Seed Brittle!


Step 1

Do prep work

Before beginning to cook the brittle there is a little work to do.

1. Butter, use a non-stick cooking spray, or line the cookie sheet or baking sheet with a Silpat

2. Assemble all the ingredients, measured and ready to use

3. Preheat oven to warm (200oF) and place baking sheet inside to keep warm until used

4. Combine the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cayenne pepper) into one container — stir to combine together

How to make microwave pumpkin seed brittle
Step 2

Put into a microwave safe bowl

Measure and put the first four ingredients into the oven proof glass bowl or (Pyrex) measuring cup. Stir together.

Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stir with wooden spoon — microwave 4 more minutes.

Remove from oven (use a potholder) and add the spice mixture and butter, stir together and return to the microwave oven.

Cook 2 minutes more, on High power.

Step 3

Last step

Remove from microwave oven and add the vanilla and soda — stir well.

Spread immediately onto the prepared, warm cookie sheet and spread into a thin layer — as thin as possible.

Do not try to taste the candy now — it is still VERY HOT — Allow to cool completely before tasting.

Break up the Pumpkin Seed Brittle after it is completely cold. This brittle can be stored in plastic bags with twist ties or in candy tins. Any air-tight container is great for storing the candy.

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Make brittle and use your microwave!

Things Needed
• 1 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup
• 1 1/4 cups (preferably raw) hulled pumpkin seeds
• 1 1/2 tsps. kosher salt
• 1 tbsp. real butter
• 2 tsp. vanilla
• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
• 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
• 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• Nonstick cooking spray or a Silpat (silicone baking pad)
• Baking sheet
• Large (2 qt.) microwave safe bowl or 8 cup Pyrex measuring cup
• Wooden spoon

Tips & Warnings
• Keep the baking sheet in a warm oven until ready to use.
• This recipe comes together quickly, be well prepared.
• Assemble all ingredients before starting the cooking process.
• Be careful, the candy will be hot. Do not try to taste the candy on your spoon after spreading on the sheet pan — it is still VERY HOT


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