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Pumpkin Spiced Candied Pepitas

Candied Pepitas

Sweet, crunchy, spiced, and straight-up addicting, these are Candied Pepitas! Who knew candying nuts and seeds was so simple?
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword candied pepitas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 cups, roughly
Calories 575kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


  • 1 egg white
  • splash cold water about 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 1/2 cups raw pepitas
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger optional


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk egg white and water until frothy.
    mixed egg whites
  • Pour in pepitas and stir until well coated.
    Pepitas coated in egg whites
  • Pour in remaining ingredients and stir until all pepitas are evenly coated and clumps of brown sugar are dissolved.
    Pepitas and seasonings
  • Pour onto prepared baking sheet and spread in one even layer. Bake 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Pepitas will look puffy and frothy each time you pull them out of the oven to stir. This is normal.
    Pepitas on a baking sheet
  • After baking time, stir one final time and cool to room temperature. Break apart into large or small pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes a great snack, gift or salad topper.
    Candied Pepitas on a baking sheet




Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1194mg | Potassium: 497mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 5mg