Spicy Jack-O’-Lantern Seeds

Here are two different ways to make a scrumptious snack: one starts with seeds with the shells on, right out of a fresh pumpkin; the other uses raw green pumpkin seeds without their shells, also called “pepitas” which you can buy at the store.

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Hands-on time: 15   |    Total time: 45   |    Makes: 1 Cup (4 Servings)


Measuring spoons
Measuring cup
Baking sheet
Wooden spoon or spatula


1 cup raw, unshelled pumpkin seeds
3⁄4 teaspoon olive or canola oil
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄4 teaspoon teaspoon chili powder


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Turn the oven on and set the heat to 325 degrees.
  2. Put the pumpkin seeds on the baking sheet in a single layer and add the oil, salt and if you like spicy, the chili powder. Mix everything together.
  3. Once the oven temperature has reached 325 degrees, put the sheet in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 30-45 minutes; use the wooden spoon or spatula to stir them every 10 minutes or so. Set aside to cool. Serve right away or store in an airtight container up to 1 week.


Cinnamony Pepitas: Make these sweet seeds the same way, but use these ingredients, and bake them for a shorter amount of time — only 15 minutes — since these seeds don’t have their shells on!

1     cup raw, shelled  pumpkin seeds  
1     teaspoon canola oil  
1     teaspoon brown sugar
1/4  teaspoon salt
1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon