Friday, October 21, 2011

Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds

It's pumpkin carving time! This is another fun activity for Halloween. Pumpkin carving is great for tactile exploration and then the little ones can help turn the pumpkin seeds into a crunchy snack.

Recipe for Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds:
What you will need:
  •  seeds from one medium sized pumpkin (approx. 1 cup)
  • one tablespoon of butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

First, carve your pumpkin and pull out all of the goop and seeds

Next, separate the seeds from the goop
Then rinse the seeds in water to remove the remaining pumpkin goop

Now it's time to make some sweet and salty pumpkin seeds!
Mix the butter, sugar, salt and cinnamon together to make a paste
Then toss the pumpkin seeds with the mixture (it helps if you let the pumpkin seeds dry out first)

Now spread the coated pumpkin seeds out on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes at 275 degrees. Be sure to keep an eye on the pumpkin seeds and to stir them often, so they don't burn.
Enjoy your sweet and salty baked pumpkin seeds!

And don't forget to finish carving your pumpkin!
Happy Halloween!


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