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Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberry

Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberry is baked with brown sugar and butter until tenderly soft. This Stuffed Squash is a perfect, clean and healthy fall dessert that will become your instant favorite like it has for us!

Acorn squash filled with walnuts and cranberries on a plate with spoons.

What says “fall” better than pumpkins and squash? They come in such a huge variety of colors, shapes and flavors these days! Our family was never into the pumpkins though. I’ve never  even tried them until recently, because growing up my mom would say “they don’t taste very good”. Last year though, my friend told me about this amazing Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberries recipe, that she said she loved, so I decided to give it a try.

Close up picture of acorn squash stuffed with cranberries and walnuts on a plate.

And just like that I became a believer. Believer in acorn squash, if there is such thing. I have found out that not only is it loaded with – Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, folate, Vitamin B complex, omega 3 fatty acids, copper and tryptophan, but then it tastes great too!

The addition of walnuts gives you an added boost of healthy oils, which are good for your cardiac health and help you lower cholesterol.

Seriously, do you need more convincing? I firmly believe that this recipe can make a believer out of anyone, so what are you waiting for, go ahead and try it for yourself! With as easy it is to make, you practically owe it to yourself to try it!

Top view picture of stuffed acorn squash next to spoons and a cup of coffee.

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Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberry

5 from 9 votes

Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar, Walnuts and CranberryAcorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberry is baked with brown sugar until tenderly soft.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: acorn squash recipe, baked acorn squash
Calories: 480 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 1 Acorn Squash cut in half
  • 1/2 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup cranberries frozen or fresh
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Turn your oven to 375°F.

  2. Combine 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup cranberries, and 4 tbsp brown sugar. Toss to combine.

  3. Cut each acorn squash in half. Remove and discard seeds.
  4. Split the mixture between two halves of the squash. Top with 1 tablespoon butter each half.
  5. Place in a baking dish, loosely cover with foil and bake in a for 1 hour 15 minutes, to 1 hour 30 minutes, or until fork inserted into the squash goes in easily.
  6. Remove from the oven, place on a plate and serve right away.

To eat:

  1. with each spoonful try to catch a little bit of everything, the walnuts, the cranberries and some of the syrup built up at the bottom of the squash. If it is not sweet enough, add a spoon of honey. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 114mg5%
Potassium 929mg27%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1140IU23%
Vitamin C 27.1mg33%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Anonymous

    Very interesting! Thanks you

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  • lil

    The squash was delicious I used pecans and toasted them first added some diced ap-ple and a little bourbon, bourbon and squash go great together

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  • K

    Can I use dried cranberries?

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    • It would be very different if you do. If you do end up using dried, I would rehydrate them for a couple hours or overnight in warm water.

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  • Pamela

    Vegans don’t eat butter.

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  • Liz

    Thinking of making for Thanksgiving. We are traveling. Could this be made ahead and warmed up?

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  • definitely going to give this a try. looks so yummy!

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  • Needlewoman

    Roast acorn squash in the oven and top with butter, crunchy walnuts and sweet cranberries. It s stunning on the table and so far, everyone s loved it.

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  • Elyse

    Can I make this ahead of time?

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  • sharktankblog

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway,
    just wanted to say wonderful blog!

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  • Jeanie

    Just curious….. do you think this could be put together & then frozen for later?

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    • I am actually not sure, have never done it before, but if you try doing it, let me know how it goes 🙂

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    I have had a squash sitting on my counter for a few weeks now and I finally know what to do with it. The pictures in this post are so beautiful.!

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    • Thanks so much Olivia! Let me know how you like it once you make it!

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  • holdthegross

    I made this the other day and it was great! I also wrote a post about it:

    I have a few more squash's to play with. Do you have any other recipe suggestions? If not I might just have to make this over and over and over and over.

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  • Liz

    I made this last weekend!! Amazing. Delicious. Very soon to be making another guest appearance in my kitchen. Just wanted to let you know I'm a fan! Thanks!

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  • Marina

    Thanks for your comment! Try and let me know how you like it 🙂 I've never had acorn squash before this recipe either, but after I tried it once, I was hooked!

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  • holdthegross

    LOVELY! I've never made acorn squab before, but I'm definitely going to give this a try.

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  • marina s

    Thank you ladies, it was a natural model)))

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  • Angie's Recipes

    Gorgeous colours and flavours!

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  • Monique @Ambitious Kitchen


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    • Joe

      Might be nice to show how to slice to squash..didn’t turn out like the recipe looked…. 🙁

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      • Hi Monique, sorry to hear it didn’t turn our for you. Could you be a little bit more specific about what didn’t turn out?
        Anytime you’re big sure how something’s done, it’s very useful to just google it. Most of the time you will find an answer to your question. In the future I will include a little more specific guide on how to do it, but for now you can watch this video here –

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