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Sweet and Spicy Pecans Recipe


We love nuts in our household so I am always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes to change them up a bit.  Here is a recipe that doesn’t take too much effort and gives a nice “kick” to regular pecans.

Sweet and Spicy Pecans


  • 4 cups pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup natural cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 400°F.
  2. Spread the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and place it into the oven for 5 to 7 minutes to lightly toast them.
  3. As the pecans are toasting, place the seasonings in a small bowl. Stir well to incorporate the spices.
  4. In an extra-large bowl, combine the melted butter and vanilla, stirring well.
  5. Remove the pecans from the oven and add them to the butter and vanilla mixture, tossing to coat evenly.
  6. Add the spice mixture; toss to coat evenly with spices.
  7. After the pecans are evenly coated, spread them out on the same baking sheet. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until they are toasted and fragrant, stirring once halfway through.
  8. Sprinkle with additional salt, if desired.
  9. Allow the pecans to cool pecans completely. They will become crisper as they cool.

The nice thing about this recipe is that once the pecans are cooled you can store them in an airtight container for up to one week which means you have a great snack for mid-afternoon!

Let me know what other creative things you have done with pecans by leaving a comment below.

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