Pumpkin Seed Brittle: Candy Recipe

pumpkin seed brittlePumpkin Seed Brittle (Pepita Brittle) is an easy to make fun fall candy.  Of course, being made with the seasonal pumpkin seed, this recipe is especially festive this time of year, but there are other reasons to make up a batch over similar sweets.  The candy is safe for many with nut or peanut allergies, since many with these intolerances can eat pumpkin seeds.  It is also gluten free, and while still a dessrt to be eaten in moderation, at least has the protein and nutrients provided by the pumpkin seeds.

pumpkin seed brittle recipeIt is not a particularly fussy candy to make.  The Pumpkin Seed Brittle will be hard, but not the tooth shattering hardness of many store bought brittles.  It is heavy on the seeds, and has a bit more flavoring to the hard candy as well.

My exceedingly fussy daughter, thought this stuff was the bomb.  She ended out eating all she could get her little mitts on last weekend.pumpkin seed brittle landscape

Pumpkin Seed Brittle: Candy Recipe
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, shelled
  • 2 tbs butter (salted)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  1. Toast pumpkin seeds in unoiled skillet over medium high heat until edges are browned just a little. Set aside the roasted seeds.
  2. Melt the butter over medium high heat in skillet, add sugars, corn syrup, vanilla and baking soda. Once sugar is dissolved, continue cooking the candy for 12-15 minutes, while stirring frequently. (Should be able to form a ball if a little is added to cold water)
  3. Add the pumpkin seeds. stir until well distributed Cook about 10 more minutes. Candy will be semi-firm, but still malleable.
  4. Spread the brittle out onto a greased cookies sheet. If brittle it too thick to spread out, use a greased rolling pin. Sprinkle a pinch of Kosher salt over the hot brittle
  5. Cool then break into pieces to serve.



  1. says

    We are definitely gonna try this after we carve pumpkins this year. Sounds excellent!

  2. says

    I love pumpkin seeds and brittle candy so this is a win-win for me! Thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    Interesting! I always just toss the pumpkin seeds but will have to try this instead this year!

  4. says

    I roast pumpkin seeds a lot during Oct. and Nov. (love ’em), but never thought about making brittle with them. Yum!

  5. says

    I love pumpkin seeds, so I’m sure I’d love this!

  6. says

    I think I’d actually like that using pumpkin seeds in place of peanuts. I love those dumb things!

  7. says

    This sounds awesome! I’ve never used pumpkin seeds for anything except for just roasting them straight.

  8. says

    We usually roast our pumpkin seeds, so this is a deliciously fun way to change things up!

  9. says

    My mother makes this brittle very often and we all like it very much. She keeps the recipe in secret and now I know the way it can be cooked. This will be a real surprise for her when I cook the same thing this weekend!

  10. says

    well this is definitely one I’ve never heard of. A great way to use up the seeds for sure.

  11. says

    It seems like I’ve seen pumpkin in just about every recipe, but never pumpkin seed brittle. It seems really unique and delicious, a great fall treat!

  12. says

    I love brittle, but I have never tried pumpkin seed brittle before. It sounds good, though! :)

  13. says

    I NEED this, like right now – I’m so going to make it!

  14. says

    Interesting I’ve never thought of a pumpkin flavored brittle.

  15. says

    I really love pumpkin seeds and never would have thought to make brittle.

  16. says

    I have never had pumpkin brittle! I want to make this!

  17. says

    I am always on the hunt for pumpkin seed recipes! Roasting them in the oven has always been my favorite way of eating them but this recipe looks awesome! This would also make a perfect hostess gift! Thanks for a great recipe!

  18. Donelle says

    I just tried this. It turned out terribly. My whole house is filled with smoke. I have a ball of tar in a pan. I followed the directions to a T. Proceed with caution.

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