1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
4 winter squash (1 1/4 pounds of butternut, acorn, or pumpkin)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Boil the sugar and water until it forms a thick syrup.
  3. Wash the pumpkin, peel it, remove the seeds, cut into pieces and cook in the syrup until it is very thick and almost all absorbed.
  4. Arrange the pumpkin on a plate and decorate with walnuts and cinnamon (optional).


Shirin means “sweet” in Kurdish. Shirini is a dessert commonly made with milk, dates, cashews, cardamom, and butter.

Food Safety Tips: Always wash squash, melons, or gourds even if the rind is not to be used. When cut, dirt and microorganisms on the outside could transfer inside to the flesh.

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