Make This: Glazed Donut Pumpkin Seeds

By Brittni • Updated on 09/03/2023

Glazed Donut Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

I’ve never really been big on pumpkin seeds, but with a whole lot of leftover seeds this year, from a few failed pumpkin carving attempts, I thought I would give them a try.

My father-in-law taught me how to properly toast the seeds in the oven, and because it’s so easy, I thought I would experiment with some different flavors. I did one sweet and one savory. They both ended up being pretty tasty, but the sweet ones?! Oh, they are so, SO good!

Whether you like pumpkin seeds or not, I can pretty much guarantee that you will like these. Why? Because they taste like glazed donuts. Yep. Glazed donuts.

Glazed Donut Pumpkin Seeds Recipe


pumpkin seeds from two medium size pumpkins
3/4 cup of confectioner sugar
1-2 tablespoons of half and half
splash of vanilla extract
1/8 cup of granulated sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 350.

2. Add pumpkin seeds to a bowl of water to clean off the pumpkin gunk. Then pour the bowl of seeds into a strainer, before placing the seeds onto a large cloth or tea towel to pat dry.

3. While the seeds are still a little damp, transfer them to a baking sheet and spread them out evenly.

4. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.

5. Next, create the glaze by mixing the confectioner sugar, half and half, and vanilla in a small bowl. Wisk until combined. Add more half and half if the glaze is too thick and more sugar if the glaze is too thin.

6. Drip the glaze over the seeds. Then place the baking sheet in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Turn the seeds over with a spatula, after 5-6 minutes in the oven, so that neither side gets burned.

7. Remove from the oven and enjoy. They won’t last long, so be sure to sneak a few handfuls before sharing with others. Haha.

When the seeds are done baking, the glaze mixed with the sprinkled sugar, will make a crispy sugary crust that goes perfectly with the nutty taste of the seeds.

Glazed Donut Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Glazed Donut Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Recipe, photography and styling Brittni Mehlhoff

This is a great way to make use of the seeds from your Halloween pumpkin carving projects. Bonus! This recipe is a great one to try for Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) too.

Think you’ll give these a try?

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Ok, these look too good to not try. I am on the hunt for a pumpkin right now!


Rachel @ Rachel//In//Flight

This is such a great recipe! I’m such a fan of pumpkin seeds, but always make them the classic way (a little salt and oil and that’s it). This is such a fun update! I’m definitely going to give this one a whirl!!

Angela Brown

What a genius you are! These sound delicious. Definitely trying this!!

Kelly @ Studio DIY

Thanks Chelsea.


YUM! Such a good idea!


Haha. Thanks Arielle. Happy to be your enabler when it comes to sweets.


I think you just took autumn snacking to a whole new level! I’m pretty sure you’re my sweet tooth’s enabler.

love, arielle
a simple elegance


Sweet is the way to go with these, Julie. You will love them!


Oooo. I never thought about making sweet ones, I always do salty ones. Such a great idea!!! Thanks!

Julie (xfallenmoon)
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