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Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash



Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash with butter and brown sugar has a buttery, almond flavor that makes this the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving.

Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash | This recipe for Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash with butter and brown sugar has a buttery, almond flavor that makes this the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving.

Acorn squash isn’t something I regularly make for no other reason than I didn’t really eat a lot of it growing up and wasn’t sure I would like it. In fact, when a family friend gave my in-laws some from their farm, they passed some along to me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it at the time, but they told me about a recipe that one of their friends (who has since passed away) used to make by adding a little butter, sugar and Amaretto to it; then bake it. It sounded perfect to me!

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This Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash recipe was so simple to make. In fact it only took about 5 minutes to prepare before I popped it into the oven. All you need are acorn squash, butter, light brown sugar and Amaretto; which is an almond liquor. Place the butter, sugar and Amaretto into the center of the squash; then bake for an hour. The squash is done when the flesh is soft and lightly browned.

Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash

As you can see the liquid kind of pools into the center, but as you cut into it with your first bite, the liquid disperses throughout the squash and you get this really sweet, buttery-almond flavor with every bite. This recipe serves four; each person gets a half. However, if you’re feeding a large crowd for Thanksgiving, I suggest the following:

  • Cut the acorn squash into 1″-2″ pieces. (You may leave the skin on.) Once the squash is cut, place in a large bowl.
  • Melt the butter and add it to the squash along with the sugar and amaretto. Mix well; then place on a baking sheet. Roast until soft; approximately 40-50 minutes (turning halfway).
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This Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash was delicious and is going to be a new Fall favorite. The best part is that it takes only minutes to prepare. If you’re concerned about oven space Thanksgiving day, might I suggest making these the night before. Once they’re cooked, allow them to cool then wrap tightly and refrigerate. You can either reheat in the oven or microwave when you’re ready to serve. I for one will be making this recipe again for our Thanksgiving dinner. ~Enjoy!

5 from 4 votes
Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash
Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  • 2 Acorn Squash
  • 4 tsp . Butter
  • 4 tsp . Light Brown Sugar
  • 4 tsp . Amaretto almond liquor
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash the outer skin of the acorn squash; then carefully cut it in half lengthwise for each one. You should have four halves. Scoop out the inside pulp and discard, make criss-cross slits in the flesh; then place the squash on a baking sheet.
  3. Place 1 tsp. of butter, 1 tsp. brown sugar and 1 tsp. Amaretto into each half.
  4. Bake for 1 hour or until soft.


Here are some more acorn squash recipes you might like to try:

Roasted & Stuffed Acorn Squash (The Cozy Apron)

Chipotle Chicken Stuffed Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash (Half Baked Harvest)

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Apple, Cranberry & Sausage Stuffing (Happily Unprocessed)

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash (Spache the Spatula)

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Cranberries (12 Tomatoes)


What is your favorite way to eat acorn squash? 



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Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash | This recipe for Amaretto Roasted Acorn Squash with butter & brown sugar has a buttery, almond flavor that makes this the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving.


  1. Deborah D
    November 9, 2015 at 7:29 am - Reply

    This recipe sounds so good & delicious. I am pinning this to make it later.

  2. Sara Zielinski
    November 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I Love acorn squash.

  3. Shannon
    November 9, 2015 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Wow this sounds amazing and thank you for sharing your yummy recipe with us.

  4. alicia szemon
    November 9, 2015 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    yummy! i love acorn squash!

    November 9, 2015 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    whoa this sounds crazy good

  6. Judy Thomas
    November 10, 2015 at 5:46 am - Reply

    This sounds delicious and so flavorful!

  7. EmilyZenKen
    November 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I love acorn squash. I just wish the stink bugs would quit eating my plants so I can get some!

  8. Sonali aka The Foodie Physician
    November 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    This looks so good! I also never really ate acorn squash growing up but now I love it. This recipe looks nice and simple- perfect for Thanksgiving!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      November 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sonali and yes it is VERY simple to make too! I’m definitely going to make it again for Thanksgiving, but since we have a larger crowd, I think I’ll chop it up, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl; then roast it on a baking sheet. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  9. Molli vandehey
    November 11, 2015 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    i love amaretto but have never thought to cook with it, this sounds awesome

  10. bunny butt
    November 12, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    i love this recipe, will have to try it

  11. Sara Zielinski
    November 15, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I love squash.

  12. Piroska
    November 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’ve rarely eaten squashes of any kind (other than pumpkin, in pumpkin pie), and I’d like to try some! Thanks!

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