DIY Gift: Moroccan Spiced Pepitas


Moroccan Spiced Pepitas Gift

My mom texted me last week to brag that she Santa’s got all of his stocking stuffers wrapped. Tonight she posted pictures of homemade sugar cookies with neon icing on Facebook. Overachiever.

Even though I’ve been daydreaming with The Kitchen Lover’s Gift Guide I posted earlier this week, in reality I’ve done no holiday shopping yet this year. And absolutely no baking since Thanksgiving – unless you count these healthy nutella truffles, which you shouldn’t because they don’t actually require an oven. I have about a week left to get my butt in gear or else…can I bring a bag of these Moroccan Spiced Pepitas to our annual family white elephant gift exchange? Someone brought homemade peach moonshine last year, so I think it’s probably a safe choice.

Spiced Pepitas

Alright, so maybe I am more prepared than I let on. With a jar of this walnut cocoa brownie mix and a bag of these Moroccan spiced pepitas labeled and ready to go, I’ve got two people crossed off my gift list. Not to spoil the surprise, I’ll keep you guessing who these spiced pepitas are heading off to (could it be you?).

When HP challenged me to use their new Sprout to dream up any creative blogging project, I wanted to come up with a snack I could easily deconstruct and label to create a recipe in animated gif form. Here’s how you make these puppies:

Moroccan Spiced Pepitas

In case you missed my post where I introduced the Sprout with pictures of my cat using it, the Sprout is HP’s new creativity station – it’s a touch screen computer that has an overhead projector with three built-in cameras and an enormous touch pad. Obviously the touch pad is my favorite part because I can practice my penmanship without wasting paper.

Earlier tonight Karen pinged me for a picture of her husband in the marathon (the same one Lucas ran last weekend). When I apologized for holding the pictures hostage for a few days, she gave me too much credit, “gosh Sarah what are you DOING a dissertation or something.” To which I replied, “right now I’m practicing writing ‘salt’ over and over again on the Sprout.” (If you need someone to write a handbook on procrastination, I’m your girl.)

Once I settled on the perfect ‘salt,’ I just e-mailed the project to myself by tapping a single button within the Sprout workspace and I could overlay my handwriting on top of the image.

Moroccan SpicesToasted Pepitas

Let’s back up to talk about this simple, yet delicious snack.

Back when Phi and Alanna came over to grind everything in sight into flour, we served up a mixed green and persimmon salad on the side of our homemade chickpea ravioli. Phi sprinkled a few spiced pepitas on top that she whipped up so quickly that neither of us saw what went into the pan, except I overheard her mutter “lemon pepper”under her breath. The pepitas were the star of the salad.

For pasta night take two, Alanna brought over some fresh market greens and another sweet fuyu persimmon. She toasted a pan of pepitas, guessing at what spices might have gone into Phi’s rendition. Unfortunately for her, our DIY spice rack still uses a super effective 3-year-old post-it note labeling system, and she mistook the cayenne for paprika, adding a heaping fiery spoonful to the bowl.

Her seeds could make a strong man sweat, but don’t think for one second that stopped us from scattering them over our salad.

Moroccan Spiced Pepitas

The recipe you see here is my spin on things, mixing holiday-inspired cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger with more savory cumin and paprika, for a simple snack with layers of spices. While we’ve been nibbling on handfuls and tossing them on all of our salads of late, they pair most beautifully with the subtle sweetness of a crisp fuyu persimmon and a tart dab of goat cheese over a bed of balsamic-kissed greens.

DIY Gift: Moroccan Spiced Pepitas

For a super quick and easy holiday gift, bag them up and slap one of these printable labels on the front.

Free Printable Labels

Here’s the downloadable PDF that works with Avery 5163 2×4″ labels

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Moroccan Spiced Pepitas
Yields: 2 cups (1 medium gift bag)
  • 2 cups raw pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Mix all of the spices together in a medium bowl.
  2. Toast the pepitas in a cast-iron skillet, stirring constantly, until lightly browned, about 5-8 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss the warm toasted pepitas with 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
  4. Add the spices and toss to coat. Let rest until cooled completely.
  5. Transfer to paper bags to store for up to a month.
  6. Serving suggestions: Eat them by the handful (yum), or toss on top of a salad with mixed greens, fuyu persimmons, goat or feta cheese, and a splash of balsamic.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Sprout by HP, but please rest-assured that all opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Snixy Kitchen up and running!

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  1. I want this!!!! Will you send me some???

  2. If I can go on a tangent, I posted my mint chocolate covered oreos on Reddit the other day, and someone responded being like these should not be on the baking subreddit. You just covered oreos in chocolate. I was like uhhh just because it doesn’t require an oven doesn’t mean it’s not baking, lady. And i firmly believe it! So yeah, you HAVE baked with those nutella truffles. You have. Hmph.

  3. These look crazy addictive Sarah! I have a feeling I could finish them all in one sitting

  4. You’re good! I love the hand-writing function on the Sprout!

  5. Sheri says:

    Adorable! These would be a great sprinkled on butternut squash soup!

  6. Such a delicious and tasty gift idea! Love Moroccan flavours, so good!

  7. The cutest packaging ever!! Hope you’re doing well. Miss you so!

    xx Katie
    lovely letters

  8. Your mom is WAY ahead of me! I could take a page from her book. I did most of my Christmas shopping this week, all online. It was wonderful! I love these Moroccan spiced pepitas. Such a cute little DIY gift.

  9. Julie says:

    These are adorable and I LOVE the packaging!

  10. Now I want a Sprout. And how have I never heard of this before??? You are my teacher Sarah…teach me more! Love the packaging, love the pepitas, love it ALL!

    • It just came out like a month ago! So here it isssss – one of the first few previews of it. Hehe. Thank you so much, Trish! I have way too much fun wasting time making pretty packaging;)

  11. I want to eat these!! And also the cayenne version. Plus a goat cheese salad please. YUM. Adorable labels, as always!!

  12. oh my gawd, I LOVE that your mom is posting pictures of homemade sugar cookies with neon icing on Facebook!!! I can barely get mine to understand her newsfeed!! :P love love love these moroccan spiced pepitas!!! so perfect for snacking and gift giving!!! and love the free printables.. so cute! Happy holidays!!

    • Haha – WELL, I just learned last night that she thought that if she hashtagged something on Facebook it automatically posted it to her Instagram feed. Hahaha – #facepalm. Thank you so much, Alice!

  13. Valerie says:

    Looove the packaging for these! So cute and festive <3 Looks very tasty as well of course :) Another great recipe! xx

  14. Love the amazing flavors you used on the pepitas and the equally amazing packaging that you put them in! These would make great take-home gifts at Christmas. Pinned :)

  15. Oh noooooo this is just too cute, Sarah!!!! I literally melt at many things, and one of them is cute writing with cute vintage-y labels. Wish I had this for my wedding. :( But beautiful post, and loving that pop-up writing on the pic ;) And let’s not talk about overachieving….one thing I’m totally behind on for Christmas, haha. Have a beautiful Monday girl!

    • Awww – Maybe for an anniversary party instead?? :) Thank you so much, Ellie! I should probably get to bed so I can get up early and get some holiday shopping in (online…because….well, I don’t like the crowds!).

  16. Alanna says:

    Girl! This post is epic. Do you sleep?! I loved those pepitas (the non-spicy version!) and the labels are adorable! And I’m glad you finally put those tiny bowls to good use. ;) Love love love these photos.

  17. Such a great DIY gift! Loving the labels…adorable…and loving the idea of spicy pepitas…it will be hard to share! Pinned!

  18. You are the DIY gift queen!!!! Love these pepitas… and I know Asheley would flip over them. She’s a big fan of pepitas. And again… gotta say, that Sprout thing is SO cool!!!!

  19. UGH. Holiday shopping. I haven’t even started, let alone thought of anything good… My family just might all get cookies. Or something food-related that I can easily bake. So I totally think your pepitas for the white elephant gift exchange are perfect! :) And that animated gif? Love. Pinned!

  20. Let’s not talk about holiday shopping. That’s what this weekend is for. But if the check-out lines are too long and I’m too late to order anything online, I’ll be keeping these pepitas and your walnut brownies in mind :)

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