Spiced Candied Pecans are simple to make with just the right amount sweet, and not too spicy. They make the perfect snack or homemade gift!
This time of the year makes me want to snack even more. I guess it’s because we are heading into the season of cookies, pies, and pastries. However, I don’t always grab the cookies, pies, and pastries when I’m jonesing for a snack. Sometimes I like to grab something that’s savory, with a hint of sweetness. Those are the times when I grab nuts to munch on. I have bought my fair share of seasoned nuts over the years, from sweet to spicy, and everything in between. Then one day it hit me…Joanna…make your own! Wow, what a great idea, Joanna!
Last fall I made Simple Candied Pecans that turned out to be a big hit. They were so easy to make, and I was shocked at how yummy my homemade version could be. This year I thought why not replace those canned spicy almonds with a sweet and spicy pecan! I started looking for recipes, because even though that candied pecan recipe last year was simple, I wanted something even simpler. I always strive to go as simple as possible when it comes to recipes.
I was browsing Facebook one day and saw that someone had shared Minimalist Baker’s recipe for candied spiced nuts. At that time I had long forgotten my idea of making them myself. But was intrigued when she said 15 minutes! I clicked over and the rest is history! I modified her recipe to fit my own personal tastes, because she mixed nuts together, but I want pecans..pecans..and more pecans! <— They are my favorite tree nut!
The recipe was a hit. Zack and I have eaten them by the handfuls, and had to make them a couple of more times since. I was so in love with how easy they were, and how perfectly seasoned they were that I had to share them with y’all. If you don’t like pecans, no sweat. Just change the nut to suite your tastes. Make it your own. Want it spicier? Add more cayenne. Not sweet enough? Add more sugar. Double or triple the recipe for a crowd. This recipe is going to be loved by all that love to snack on nuts. Seriously.
What better snack to have around during the holidays when family and friends are around! I’ve stashed some in my purse for outings when I get the munchies, because nuts are filling. And with the seasonings of these, the just leave you satisfied.
- 2 cups pecans
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl mix together all ingredients (1 tablespoon maple syrup), until thoroughly coated. Place pecans in a single layer and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Stirring after 7 minutes.
- Once removed from the oven drizzle the remaining tablespoon maple syrup over the pecans, and sprinkle with more sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Using a rubber spatula, stir to coat. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 456 Total Fat: 43g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 37g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 134mg Carbohydrates: 21g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 14g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g