'I've made this simple side dish for more than 35 years,' says Alpha Wilson of Roswell, New Mexico. Cinnamon and ginger give a nice spiced flavor to the moist tender squash halves. You can use up the extra squash in the two recipes that follow.

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15 mins
1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 25 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a bowl, combine the honey, butter, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Cut squash in half; discard the seeds. Fill squash halves with butter mixture. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Cover and bake at 375 degrees F for 1 hour or until squash is tender. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer.

  • Serve four squash halves. Drain and discard butter mixture from remaining squash; mash. Refrigerate squash for another use.

Nutrition Facts

361 calories; protein 3.7g; carbohydrates 68.4g; fat 11.9g; cholesterol 30.5mg; sodium 339.1mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

Rating: 5 stars
This acorn squash turned out sweet, delicious and soft. I can't wait to make it again! I used one large squash instead of 4 smaller ones, cooked two halves so that the hole in the center would hold all of the liquid while it baked; then I cut those in half longways after cooking to make quarters serving 4 people. I used it as a side dish to Honey Baked Chicken II (from this site) and the flavors matched well. I cooked the squash in the oven at the same time as the chicken so I upped the time to 1.5 hours. Try this recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The BEST squash recipe I have ever had.. hands down! Somehow the honey just worked much better than brown sugar ever has, and I feel a little better using honey vs. sugar. The ginger added to the cinnamon was a more complex flavor than the cinnamon by itself, and a vast improvement. Going to make this again!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Oh my heavens, that's tasty! Didn't change a thing and it was perfect. I prepped them the night before and when I got home from work just shoved them in the oven to bake. Served it with a chicken & dressing casserole. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe is a great way to prepare acorn squash. I generally only make one acorn squash at a time so I adjust the ingredients accordingly. I put both halves into a small dish with about an inch of water at the bottom and I find this cuts down on the cooking time considerably. It is very easy to adjust the ingredients to your liking, I don't even measure anymore, just put in what seems right. For instance, I don't use much butter (or margarine) but I love the honey and spices. I spoon the syrup over the cut edges of the squash as it cooks and it turns out soft and sweet, a very nice side dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! I couldn't get enough of this! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have made this before but without the ginger, added a nice little zing. I use smaller amounts of honey and butter and put about a tsp. of each in every 1/2 comes out great. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
YUM!! Wow, I've never had acorn squash before, and this is amazing. You can't taste either spice too much, its just enough. My family adored this. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I thought this had a nice flavor. I don't really have anything to compare it to because I have never baked an acorn squash. A sticker on my squash said to microwave one minute and then cut in half. My microwave is kind of small so I did 2 minutes. It did make it much easier to cut in half. I lined my baking sheet with foil so clean-up was easy to. I couldn't understand the point of dumping off any of the flavored butter? It only came out to be about 1/2 Tblsp of butter and honey per half. I actually poked a few holes and let it sink into the other layers of the acorn squash, after it was done, and while it cooled. It gave it a nice flavor. I just mashed mine in the acorn squash as I only made enough for dinner. I used the calculate button to change it to one, or 2 acorn halves, and it presented no problem with the recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This wasn't enough to convert my kids into squash lovers, but they didn't make any faces either. DH and I liked it quite a bit. I added the zest from half of a lemon to the honey-butter sauce before baking, gave the flavors a little more brightness. Read More