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Spiced Acorn Squash

Working full time, I found I didn't always have time to cook the meals my family loved, so I re-created many of those dishes in the slow cooker. This treatment for squash is one of our favorites. —Carol Greco, Centereach, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    4 squash halves


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 small acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup water


  • In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; spoon into squash halves. Sprinkle with raisins. Top each with 1 tablespoon butter. Wrap each half individually in heavy-duty foil, sealing tightly.
  • Pour water into a 5-qt. slow cooker. Place squash in slow cooker, cut side up (packets may be stacked). Cook, covered, on high 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until squash is tender. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape.
Nutrition Facts
Per squash half: 433 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 142mg sodium, 86g carbohydrate (63g sugars, 5g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • The Minister
    Oct 14, 2020

    This recipe ruined my life. It all started back in a warm day in july. My wife & i were going out for a picnic we both choice different recipes to bring to surprise each other. I made a nice fresh ginger carrot salad, (he was hard to hold down but it was well worth it). She brought this spiced acorn squash dish. Everything was going perfectly. We had some sparking wine and chicken salad sandwiches. 1st the ants came. It was ok just annoying. we lose one of the 3 sandwiches to them but we both still got one so it was fine. 2nd a wild pack of gingers came out of the woods but luckily we had already finished the salad so they didn't know we got their cousin last week. Close call. we were both on edge now. than it happen. She broke out the spiced acorn squash. it was all down hill from their. The squirrels came, they were angry about the acorns we stole for the dish, they could smell on her, they need it was her. i fought as many of them off as i could but their was no end in sight. They violently jumped and scratch her for what seemed like a eternity. she tried to run, but she couldn't see where she was going their were squirrels on her face, she ran right out into the street and got hit by a bus coming to the park to drop off some kids for a field trip. This recipe made me lose my wife. i'd like to give it one star for that. but it was so dam good so i can only take 2 points off for it. I miss my wife, Eat this dish outside at your own peril.

  • Ann
    Nov 11, 2019

    I have made this for years and love it. I don not do raisins so I use craisins and add a tad of butter and a dash of cinnamin with the other stuff. Great for the ho!idays!!

  • foxyhottcakes
    Dec 11, 2015

    These are so delicious and a really nice addition to our holiday meal. I prepped them the night before and baked them in my oven at about 300 degrees, 3-4 hours then transported them in a warm slow-cooker; they came out perfectly. I got lots of complements, and they were good leftovers too.

  • muffbear74
    Jan 6, 2015

    Best way I've found of cooking acorn squash. Very tender and delicious; you just have to remember to start it early.

  • dancingfool
    Nov 4, 2013

    My husband doesn't really care for squash but absolutely loved this! I loved it too and can't wait to try it with Craisins.

  • dancingfool
    Nov 4, 2013

    My husband doesn't really care for squash but absolutely loved this! I loved it too and can't wait to try it with Craisins.

  • dancingfool
    Nov 4, 2013

    My husband doesn't really care for squash but he absolutely loved this!

  • Crys87
    Dec 19, 2012

    This is one of the best recipes I've found to use Acorn squash! Yum!

  • juicyfruit007
    Jun 20, 2012

    Love that this can be put together earlier in the day, helping alleviate the pre-suppertime madness. The squash looked and tasted great. The only change I would make next time is to cut back on the nutmeg.

  • estancia11880
    Jan 22, 2012

    This was absolutely delicious!! Also-as a side note, the brown sugar and spice mix is really good stirred into a mug of hot apple cider!