Sweet and spicy pecans with maple syrup are perfectly balanced with salty-sweet flavors and a little heat on the end. They’re a holiday favorite!
Happy hump day!
I’m sorta just hobbling through the week this week…
The past two weeks were short ones for me, work-wise, as I traveled to Nashville with some girl friends for a long weekend (including my birthday) and last weekend when I was up on Lake Michigan for a blogger retreat.
Both were seriously fabulous trips with some seriously amazing women. I am blessed to have them all in my life to share fun, food, laughs and inspiration!
But this week is all reality. Including both kids being out of school and home with me while I work on Friday. Send bourbon. 😂
But now, on to today’s recipe…
My mom’s been making sugared pecans at the holidays for years.
They are always part of our annual mom-daughter baking day, where we prep all the cookies and treats for the family together and just have fun in the kitchen.
But honestly, those pecans were always the thing I was least excited about.
I adore a salty-sweet snack, but sugared pecans just never did it for me for some reason.
And then last year, my mom added some cayenne.
And I fell in love! ❤️
These sweet and spicy pecans with maple syrup are just so much more balanced, I think.
They’re not super spicy but they do have a little heat that kicks in at the end. I love that!
I’ve adjusted my mom’s recipe because I wanted to use maple syrup instead of brown sugar so they’d be naturally sweetened.
I also use butter in mine, which I think helps bring out the richness of the nuts.
And shhh, I think my tweaks make these sweet and spicy pecans even better!
They are so easy and so addictive and just perfect for setting out at the holidays for people to snack on.
A few notes on these sweet and spicy pecans with maple syrup:
- I use butter but you can sub extra-virgin olive oil if you prefer (or if you want them to be vegan).
- I like using all maple syrup but I’ve seen some recipes that use part maple syrup and part brown sugar. Do what suites you!
- I think these have the perfect amount of cayenne to get just a background hint of spicy, but feel free to adjust the amount to suit your tastes.
- These pecans will keep for at least 2-3 weeks, stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.
Even if you’re like me and haven’t been a huge fan of sugared pecans in the past, I hope you’ll give this sweet and spicy version a try!
(And they would also make a fabulous hostess gift or holiday gift for neighbors, friends and teachers!)
P.S. If you love pecans, check out my bourbon sweet potato casserole with buttery pecans, curried wild rice salad with raisins and pecans, and my kale apple salad with cheddar and pecans.
Sweet and spicy pecans with maple syrup
Sweet and spicy pecans with maple syrup are a salty-sweet holiday favorite!
- 2 cups pecan halves
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter (or sub olive oil)
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
Preheat oven to 300. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine maple syrup, butter and seasonings through allspice. Add pecans and stir until they are well coated.
Spread pecans in an even layer on prepared baking sheet.
Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes, stirring once, until well browned. Be careful they don’t burn.
Let cool on baking sheet and enjoy!
I use butter but you can sub olive oil if you prefer (or if you want them to be vegan).
I think these have the perfect amount of cayenne to get just a background hint of spicy, but feel free to adjust the amount to suit your tastes.
These pecans will keep for at least 2-3 weeks, stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.
|Serving Size||1/4 cup|
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 817kcal Calories from fat 694|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 77g||118%|
|Saturated Fat 10g||50%|
|Dietary Fiber 10g||40%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|