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Candied Acorn Squash Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Candied Acorn Squash

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"Delicious side dish! No longer than 15 minutes prep AND cooking time. Buttery and sweet. Almost as good as dessert! A must-try!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    15 mins


  1. Place both halves of the squash cut side up on a microwave-safe plate or dish. Put 2 tablespoons of butter, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar into the cavity of each half.
  2. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes in the microwave on full power. Rotate the squash a couple of times to ensure even cooking. When the flesh is soft, scoop out soft flesh with the sugar and butter, and place it in a bowl. Mash it a little to blend the ingredients. Serve in a bowl, or your could even serve it in the shells.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 21, 2004

Very, very easy and husband-friendly. I added a tiny pinch of sweet pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, ginger, and cloves to the brown sugar, and then served it pooled in the shells, letting the diners mash it themselves to their heart's content. Some preferred to scoop out plain chunks and dip into the carmel sauce in the middle.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 24, 2004

This is definitely an easy recipe to make, but I didn't think it was spectacular. I prepared as directed, but I think I should have taken the advice of another reviewer and added additional spices.

Sep 30, 2007

SOOO Much faster than baking and just as tasty! My boyfriend would make this for me in the oven once in awhile but stopped because it took so long. I am adding it back into our meals thanks to this receipe. I made it today and it turned out great!

Aug 16, 2008

This summer my husband introduced me to acorn squash. He said his mom made it alot growing up. I sliced this into 1" sections and covered with 1" of water and cooked for 10 in the microwave. Brushed with butter and sprinkled with brown sugar

Nov 11, 2003

This is delicious and so quick and simple to make.

Nov 03, 2010

I served this as dessert after a light lunch to company. Everyone loved it! It is perfect as written but I added a few Craisins and chopped walnuts before serving just for color and texture. Excellent. Thanks for sharing!

Feb 26, 2010

This recipe was really good as long as you were able to dip the squash in the syrup. Once we ran out of syrup the rest just seemed too bland. Rather than doing this in the microwave, I baked it in the oven at 350 and it ended up taking just short of an hour. I also sprinkled the squash with pumpkin pie spice for extra flavor. Next time I will make it extra healthy by adding extra butter! :-)

Nov 25, 2006

What at easy recipe! I didn't take the squash out of the shells, pulled the flesh from the skin and mixed it with the melted butter and brown sugar in the hollow and just ate it from the shell. Next time I think I will do as you suggested, and remove the flesh with the butter and brown sugar, mix it up and serve it that way, I think it would be better, even thought we really enjoyed it the way I did it. I may try using a little less brown sugar and butter next time, I think I'd like more of the squash flavor, although my husband may not agree with that! We at this with roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 204 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.5 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 11.6 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 89 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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