Roasted Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Treat your guests with wonderful bars made with roasted pumpkin seeds - perfect dessert to serve at your next party.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 72

Ingredients

2
cups unsalted hulled raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1
teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika
1/2
teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2
cups sugar
1
cup water
1
cup light corn syrup
2
tablespoons butter (do not use margarine)
1 1/2
teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. In medium bowl, toss pumpkin seeds and oil until coated. Spread evenly in ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan. Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. In same bowl, mix warm pumpkin seeds, salt, paprika and allspice. Set aside.
  • 2 Grease 2 cookie sheets with butter. In 3-quart heavy saucepan, mix sugar, water and corn syrup. Cover; cook over medium heat 2 minutes. Cook uncovered over medium heat 25 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently, to 300°F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into cup of very cold water separates into hard, brittle threads. (Watch carefully so mixture does not burn.) Remove from heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and the seasoned pumpkin seeds; stir until butter is melted. Immediately stir in baking soda.
  • 3 Pour mixture onto cookie sheets and quickly spread to 1/4 inch thick with buttered spatula. Cool completely. Break into pieces. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Expert Tips

The initial cooking step with the saucepan covered helps wash down sugar crystals from the sides of the pan and prevents crystallization in the resulting candy.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
61
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Sodium
50mg
50%;
Total Carbohydrate
8g
8%
(Dietary Fiber
1/2g
1/2%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.