Baked Butternut Squash With Cinnamon Sugar

Baked butternut squash cinnamon sugar recipe

The Spruce Eats / Nita West

  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 80 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
118 Calories
12g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 118
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 0g
Calcium 20mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Gourds aren't just for decorating. They also make healthy and tasty dishes perfect for any fall or winter dinner party. Butternut squash is a type of winter gourd that, when uncooked, will keep for quite a long time as long as the skin isn't pierced. This means less trips to the grocery store. Once you're ready to switch out that decorative gourd centerpiece you can repurpose it for a tasty dinner! 

This type of gourd is grown on a vine and has a flavor similar to that of a pumpkin. The flavor is described as being sweet and nutty and will deepen as the gourd ripens. It's a little-known fact that butternut squash is technically a fruit! However, even though they are part of the fruit family, they can still be used and cooked like a vegetable. 

Butternut squash makes for a healthy main or side dish since they're high in fiber, magnesium, and potassium. This combination helps lower cholesterol and can help control and prevent diabetes. Butternut squash are also high in vitamins like C, A, and E. Vitamin C helps repair tissue and boost the immune system. It also helps prevent diseases like scurvy. Vitamin A is necessary for healthy eyes. Vitamin E also helps maintain healthy eyes and boosts the neurological system as well. 

If you're looking for to add a flavorful healthy vegetable to your Thanksgiving dinner, but want something a little more unique than the average string bean casserole, squash is a great alternative. This butternut squash recipe is easy and flavorful—just split the squash, scoop out the seeds, season, and bake. This speedy dish makes clean up fast and easy as well. 


  • 2 small to medium butternut squash
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • Cinnamon sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for butternut squash
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  2. Brush a jelly-roll pan with butter. Preheat oven to 350 F.

    Press butter on pan
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  3. Carefully cut each squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and soft fibers with a spoon.

    Cut each squash
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  4. Brush the inside of each squash with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

    Brush squash with butter
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  5. Place the squash halves with the seasoned cut side up in the prepared pan.

    Cinnamon and sugar on butternut squash
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  6. Roast the squash for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the squash is tender and can be easily pricked with a fork or skewer.

    Roast the squash
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  7. Serve halves immediately or scoop the squash out into a serving dish and discard the skin.

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