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Sweet & Savory Spiced Pecans Easy Southern Recipe

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This recipe for Spiced Pecans is great for Game Day snacking, gifts from the kitchen, appetizer, and even a salad topping.

Spiced pecans in a white bowl

Print this recipe for sweet and savory spiced pecans because you will want to make these every year during pecan season which is also the holiday season.

Pecans are one of the number one farm crops in Georgia so as a Georgian, born and raised, I have tasted most of the many ways we prepare and enjoy pecan recipes.

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A good Sweet & Savory Spiced Pecans recipe is a holiday staple for southern cooks.

Uses for Spiced Pecans

These sweet, spicy, and salty pecans tend to be perfect for holiday season parties and soirees because pecans are in season in the fall of the year.

Appetizer

Serve these delectable delights as an appetizer for any occasion. Great Game Day snack or appetizer.

Candy recipes

Add to candy recipes for a salty balance. Make the spicy pecans then chop them up to add to baking recipes. Can you imagine these spiced pecans in this recipe for Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip cookie? Yum!

Salad Topping

Top salads with these for a crunchy treat.

These Candied Pecans are also delicious in salads.

Yogurt Parfait Breakfast

Throw a few into your yogurt parfait for some added protein.

Baked Sweet Potato Topping

Top a baked sweet potato with a handful. See our Ultimate Baked Sweet Potato Toppings Bar.

Would you maybe like some sweet and spicy in your ice cream?

Ingredient List for Spiced Pecans with Maple Syrup

  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 3/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 4 cups whole pecans
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar or large grain sugar like raw cane

How to make the best spiced pecans

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Then line a large rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper or use a baking mat. Set aside while you prepare the recipe.

Make a genuine effort not to munch on the pecans while you are preparing this spicy pecans recipe. It is super tempting so you might want to have another handful just for munching.

Spices in a metal bowl

Step 2

Combine the rosemary, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, cayenne, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Stir to blend and set aside.

This blend of spices smells delicious and creates a great flavor.

Melting butter in a skillet

Step 3

Melt butter on medium heat in a small skillet.

Once the butter is mostly melted, add the honey and maple syrup. Stir to combine.

Enjoy the wonderful aroma filling your kitchen.

Continue to heat for about 1 or 2 more minutes until heated through while stirring. Remove from heat and set aside.

Pouring a spice mixture over pecan halves in a bowl

Step 4

Now place the pecans into a large bowl and pour the melted butter mixture over them. Toss to coat all of the pecans with butter.

Pouring a spice mixture onto pecan halves in a bowl

Step 5

Then add the blended spice mixture to the coated pecans and toss well. Coat all of the pecan halves completely as much as possible.

You can tell a great taste is coming your way soon now.

Spiced Pecans on the way!

Seasoned pecans spread onto a baking sheet

Step 6

Spread pecans onto your prepared rimmed baking sheet into a single layer.

Try not to overcrowd the baking sheet. It is best to use a large baking sheet to avoid overcrowding.

Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes.

Stir the pecans and spread them out into an even layer about halfway through.

Oven temperatures vary so keep a check on your pecans if your oven tends to cook hot and fast. Convection ovens may take less time.

Pecans on a baking sheet

Step 7

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Remove from the oven when the pecans are roasted.

Allow to cool for about 5 minutes then sprinkle half of the sugar over them. Toss the toasted pecans and sprinkle the remaining sugar over them.

Cool completely.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 2 or 3 weeks.

Spiced pecans in a copper bowl

This Spiced pecans recipe is great as a gift from the kitchen during the holiday season. It’s a perfect appetizer for parties too.

The best part is that these can be stored in an airtight container which means you can make them ahead.

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Yield: 4 Cups

Sweet & Savory Spiced Pecans Easy Southern Recipe

Spiced pecans in a copper bowl

This recipe for Sweet and Savory roasted pecans is great as a gift from the kitchen during the holiday season. It’s a perfect appetizer for parties too.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • ¾ t. allspice
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. ground cayenne
  • ½ tsp. fine sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ cups. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cups. honey, preferably local
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 4 cups. whole pecans
  • ¼ cup. raw cane or other large grain sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350°. Then line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or use a baking mat. Set aside while you prepare the recipe.
  2. Combine the rosemary, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, cayenne, salt and pepper in a small bow. Stir to blend and set aside. This blend of spices smells delicious so you know these Spiced Pecans are going to be a favorite treat.
  3. Add the unsalted butter to a small skillet set on medium heat. Once the butter is mostly melted, add the honey and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Continue to heat for about 1 or 2 more minutes until heated through while stirring. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Now place the pecans into a large bowl and pour the melted butter mixture over them. Toss to coat all of the pecans with the butter.
  5. Then add the blended spice mixture to the coated pecans and toss well to coat all of the pecan halves completely as much as possible. You can tell this is going to be so good!
  6. Pour the coated pecans onto your prepared baking sheet and spread them into a single layer. Try not to overcrowd the baking sheet. It is best to use a large baking sheet to avoid overcrowding.
  7. Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Stir the pecans and spread back out about half way through. Oven temperatures vary so keep a check on your pecans if your oven tend to cook hot and fast. Convection ovens may take less time.
  8. Remove from the oven when the pecans are roasted. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes then sprinkle half of the sugar over them. Toss and sprinkle the remaining sugar over the roasted pecans. Cool completely. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container for up to 2 or 3 weeks.

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