Drunk Pumpkin Seeds

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I found this idea on Pinterest from Copy Cake Cook for drunken pumpkin seeds and had to give them a try!  I love pumpkin seeds and have tried a few different recipes over the years, but never one with Whiskey involved!  Since my hubby’s drink of choice lately has been Old Fashions, I knew we had plenty of Whiskey on hand to give this a try.

pumpkin seeds

To make these all you need is:

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 2 Tablespoon bacon drippings
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • Salt

To start out I washed and dried my pumpkin seeds.  The easiest way to wash the seeds I have found is to flood the bowl they are in and swish them around.  Next use a slotted spoon to sift out the seeds from the pulp.

making roasted pumpkin seeds

I then place the seeds on a paper towel covered cutting board to soak up the excess water.  You can then pat dry to the best of your ability or simply let them sit out for a few hours in a thin layer to air dry.

Making pumpkin seeds

Now on to the drunken-ness!  In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the seeds, whiskey, bacon drippings and brown sugar.  (I was able to get some bacon drippings by planning on Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner so that I needed to make bacon.) Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the seeds turn a bit grey from soaking in the liquid. Be careful when breathing in over the pan, because the Whiskey vapors burn!

Whiskey Drunk pumpkin seeds

Drain out any excess cooking liquid and spread the seeds out on a foil lined baking sheet.

Sweet Whiskey Pumpkin Seeds

Sprinkle with salt to taste.  Bake at 275 for about 75-90 minutes crisp and brown.

Roasting delicious pumpkin seeds

They come out a bit sticky and candied from the brown sugar, but harden as they cool.  They have a great flavor and are not really boozing once cooked. Enjoy!

Drunken pumpkin seeds

Looking for a good recipe for classic pumpkin seeds?  Check out how I make easy classic pumpkin seeds here.


Classic Pumpkin Seeds

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There are many different pumpkin seed recipes out there and I have tried quite a few of them myself, from sweet, to savory and even drunken with Whiskey, but my all time favorite is still the simple and classic pumpkin seed.  Each year I look forward to fall and and excuse to carve pumpkins (check out our pumpkins this year), and cooking up their delicious seeds.

To make pumpkin seeds in the oven at home, start with washing and drying your seeds.

making roasted pumpkin seeds

For these classic pumpkin seeds all you need is:

  • 2-3 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t Worcestershire sauce
  • Sea Salt

In a microwave safe mug, melt the butter.  Add salt and Worcestershire, stirring to combine.  Pour over the bowl of pumpkin seeds and stir to evenly coat.

Savory simple pumpkin seed recipe

Pour pumpkin seeds into a thin layer on a foil lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.

Basic roasted pumpkin seeds

Bake at 275 for 75-90 minutes or until crisp and browned.  Once cooled, store in an airtight container.  There you have it, the best, classic pumpkin seed recipe.

Simple classic roasted pumpkin seeds