Spiced Maple Pumpkin Seed Brittle

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Get this delicious recipe for Pumpkin Seed Brittle. Just like Peanut Brittle but made with pumpkin seeds AND maple syrup.
Spiced Maple Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Move over peanut brittle, fall is here! This pumpkin seed brittle is a great way to make the most of your pumpkin obsession. We upped the fall profile of this crunchy candy with some pumpkin pie spices and maple syrup.

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Maple syrup prevents graininess, just like the corn syrup you’ll find it many brittle recipes. But the maple adds a depth of flavor you won’t get from Karo. Baking soda gives the brittle a bubbly crunch that is the cornerstone of many great brittle recipes.

We opted to stir most of the seeds into the brittle, but reserved some to sprinkle on top for color. Otherwise, you’ll just end up with an ugly (but delicious!) brown mass.

Spiced Maple Pumpkin Seed Brittle


  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • 1¼ cups hulled pumpkin seeds
  • ⅛ tsp. cloves
  • ⅛ tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. dairy or non-dairy butter
  • pinch kosher salt
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pumpkin seeds, stir to coat with oil, and gently toast for 2 minutes. You don’t want to fully toast the seeds yet, so they shouldn’t brown. Remove the pan from the heat, sprinkle in spices, and toss to coat. Set aside.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a large saucepan with a candy thermometer set up, combine sugar, maple syrup, and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once the sugar begins to boil, stop stirring. Cook until the sugar reaches 300⁰F, using a wet pastry brush to wipe down any crystallized sugar from the sides of the pan as needed. When the sugar reaches 300⁰F, add butter, salt, and 1 cup of the spiced pumpkin seeds (reserve the last ¼ cup of seeds for topping).
  4. Continue to cook until the mixture reaches 310⁰F. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. This will cause the mixture to bubble up a bit.
  5. Working quickly, pour the syrup onto the greased parchment and spread evenly with a greased, heatproof spatula. Sprinkle with remaining pumpkin seeds while the syrup is still hot, so they stick to the top. Allow to cool for at least 2 hours before breaking into pieces and serving.

Maria Siriano

Somewhere among the towers of batter-smeared mixing bowls, you'll find a flour-covered Maria making unique seasonal desserts for her blog, Sift and Whisk. Although she never quite got the hang of the clean-as-you-go technique, she has still managed to elevate her baking skills far beyond “add oil, water, and eggs.” She makes a killer pie, if she does say so herself.