This Buttery Brown Sugar Acorn Squash is creamy and buttery! It’s the perfect side to any meal. You’ll fall in love with just one bite!

2 halves of bon bon hybrid winter squash, with a pool of brown sugar and butter in the middle.

This acorn squash comes from my dad’s garden. Gardening is his hobby, and I get to reap the wonderful rewards from it.

As I was making this Buttery Brown Sugar Acorn Squash recipe I couldn’t help but think of my dad. When he prepared squash for dinner, he did it like this!

A red colored pastry brush is used to apply the buttery brown sugar mixture to the surface area of the winter squash.

How to make Brown Sugar Acorn Squash

  • Cut the acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
  •  Mix brown sugar, melted butter, and a little kosher salt together in a small bowl.
  • Using a pastry brush, generously spread the buttery mixture over the inside of the squash. You’ll have some of the mixture left over. Take the retainer and put it in the middle of each squash.
  • Bake until the squash is fork tender.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. You can eat it directly from the squash, or scoop out the tender meat and place it in a serving dish. Eat, and enjoy!
  • When you remove it from the oven, you’ll have a small buttery brown sugar pool! Use this to dip your squash into.

A spoon digging out a scoop of buttery brown sugar bon bon hybrid winter squash.

This acorn squash recipe is a favorite! It’s a perfect side dish as the weather cools down. I like to call this an acorn squash comfort food! It’s healthy (thanks to the squash being a vegetable ?) but the butter and brown sugar is alllll for the comfort!

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Buttery Brown Sugar Acorn Squash

Author: Salt & Baker
Servings 4 servings
This Buttery Brown Sugar Acorn Squash is creamy and buttery! It's the perfect side to any meal. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 3 lb acorn squash
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Carefully cut the squash in half. Discard the seeds and strings. Place the squash on the baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl combine the melted butter, brown sugar, and salt. Stir to combine. 
  • Using a pastry brush, spread the brown sugar mixture over the entire squash. You should use the entire brown sugar mixture. You'll notice in my pictures that I have a handful of the brown sugar mixture sitting in the middle of each squash. 
  • Place the squash in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until soft and tender. It's done when you can insert a fork into the meat with ease. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes. You can serve the squash as is, or you can scoop the meat out and add it to a serving bowl. Serve warm. Enjoy!


Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 261mgPotassium: 1204mgFiber: 5gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 1605IUVitamin C: 37.5mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 2.5mg
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