How to Bake Pumpkin Seeds

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The senses come alive as the leaves start to turn with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of autumn. Families trek through fallen leaves to pumpkin patches in search of the perfect gourds to decorate their homes. What front porch or window isn’t complete on Halloween without the eerie glow of a hand-carved jack-o’-lantern?

The fun doesn’t end when the carving is complete. Baked pumpkin seeds have been a family treat for generations. Pumpkin seed recipes can highlight the traditional ingredients and provide tasty new twists.

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Scoop seeds through hole in top of carved pumpkin, separating them from the inner pulp.

Step 3

Rinse and drain seeds; place them on paper towel to dry for a few minutes.

Step 4

Mix seeds with butter or oil in bowl.

Step 5

Spread seeds evenly on cookie sheet, sprinkling with seasoning.

Step 6

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before eating.

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