Candied Spiced Pecans

by Kris on December 14, 2011

I have a walk in closet and I love it. I store everything in there, sometimes I even hang out in it. The other day I was organizing Christmas presents and decided the safest place to do this was in my closet. Nervous Greg would open the door and see his presents, I locked myself in. After cleaning up, I shut the door behind me.

Yesterday morning, I went to grab my camera from my closet to photograph these lovely candied pecans I had so meticulously laid out. I turned the door knob and realized the door was still locked! Still in my pyjamas with a lot of errands ahead of me, I began to panic.

Greg and I tried every trick in the book; a credit card, bobby pins, paper clips. We even made a bump key but nothing worked. Finally we called our building manager who sent over two old cowboys to solve the problem. Now when I say cowboys, I literally mean the John Wayne type, Stetson and all!

These two men quickly broke down my door, tipped their hats and went on their way. If they hadn’t left so fast, I would have thanked them with a bag of these candied pecans. I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure cowboys love pecans.

So, thank you cowboys for the saving the day!

Candied Spiced Pecans

  • 2 cups pecans
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Preheat oven to 300

Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a shallow bowl sift together granulated sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together maple extract, brown sugar and water.

Over medium heat, melt butter in a skillet. slowly whisk in brown sugar mixture and bring to a boil. Add pecans and stir to coat. Simmer for about 1-2 minutes until well coated.

With a slotted spoon, transfer pecans to the reserved sugar and spice bowl. Coat pecans with sugar.

Place pecans evenly on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir pecans and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.

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sweetsimplestuff December 14, 2011 at 10:50 am

Those cowboys missed out.


Barb December 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Here in Oregon, pecans are selling for $10 a pound. I checked in Oklahoma and the drought has driven the price sky high there also. What are they going for in your neck of the woods.
Looks delicious.


nagorb December 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm

oh my goodness!!! just made these, and they are great. I’ve been looking for a good candied pecan recipe ever since the leaves turned color and began to fall.


Anastasia December 15, 2011 at 2:38 am

May I have some, please?


The Hook December 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm

You’ve presented something incredible classy and yet fun! Excellent share!


The Vegan Kat December 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm

These look really tasty! Looking forward to trying them out!


menchu4901 December 16, 2011 at 12:21 am

Yum! I think these would be great as Christmas snacks; pecans are one of my faves! :OD Great photos too!


lovefromitaly December 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Oooooo I usually buy these at the market on the sea front, they do almonds and peanuts too but pecans are my fave… It’s so awesome that you posted this, I can try to make them myself now, THANK YOU!


crystalspinelli December 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

nham nhammm dreaming with ittt


kassia December 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

I tried some roasted nuts coated with chilli, honey nigella seeds the other day, they were delicious but almost made my lips go numb, I might try a hyprid version!


Pink Radish December 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Just left GA with a huge bag of pecans from my Grandmother’s pecan trees. Can’t wait to candy them, per your recipe!



mamawolfe January 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

These turned out great-I added a little salt for the salty-sweet balance I love. I also ran out of the sugar mixture, but turns out that they were tasty without it!


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