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Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans

I love this easy recipe! They're perfect for cocktail nibbles, or to serve with cheese before a dinner party. Looking for candied pecans? Sugar pecans? Spicy pecans?

You've found 'em.

But be careful -- they're addictive. I've eaten a whole batch in an afternoon.


The Ingredients

2 cups pecan halves (you can also use walnuts, or almonds)

2 tbsp. butter, melted

1 1/2 tbsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne

1/4 tsp. smoked paprika (optional)

1/4 tsp. salt (use sea salt if you have it)

How To Prepare Sweet And Spicy Pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Into a large bowl, pour the two cups of pecans. Melt the 2 tbsp. butter and pour over the pecans.

Stir until the pecans are coated with the melted butter.

Into a small bowl, mix the sugar, salt and spices.

Sprinkle onto the buttery nuts -- a little at a time -- then toss. Continue adding the spices, and tossing, until you've used all of the spices.

How to Bake the Pecans

Spread the nuts on a foil-covered baking sheet, and bake for about 15 minutes.

Stir them occasionally. I set my timer for 12 minutes, then begin checking the nuts. Yours may be ready a little sooner than 15 minutes, or they may take a little while longer. You'll know they're done when they've turned a dark golden color -- like the photo above.

Let them come to room temperature before eating. They will become crisp as they cool.

They're mouthwateringly good

How To Serve These Sweet Spicy Pecans

Put them in bowls near the cheeses for a special nibble during cocktail hour.

Bring them to your job and offer them to co-workers during their coffee breaks. They taste incredible with hot tea, too.

Wrap about 3/4 cup in clear cellophane and tie with a festive ribbon. Packets of spiced pecans work wonderfully as hostess gifts, or to give someone as a token of your appreciation.

i like to scatter them on salads for dinner parties, or have them in pretty bowls on the dessert table for a potluck or casual group dinner. Watch the bowl! It will be emptied in minutes.

Enjoy these delectable treats.

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Buster Bucks 2 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author


The best part is how easy they are -- they always get raves at dinner parties.

Thanks for commenting!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pecan nuts are so tasty and spiced must be incredible. Candied sounds different and so delicious.

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kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

It looks just scrumptious!

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