Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans Recipe

Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans

Sweet. Spicy. Earthy. Crunchy. You can’t eat just one.  Divine in a salad, or on their own.

Forgive my enthusiastic, semi-poetic word association above.  I am just excited to talk about my Sweet, Spiced Caramelized Pecans!

Sure, you can find some version of these nuts at various markets these days, but I promise you:  mine are extremely easy to make and as gratifying as can be!   As you will discover, they taste much better than the store-bought versions — and contain no chemicals or preservatives.

And the whole point of this site is to inspire those of us who love distinctive, delicious food and who love spending the time making it!

Sweet Spiced Caramelized PecansIf you prepare these nuts in advance for use in a salad or another dish, I suggest hiding them from your friends, from your family, and . . . from yourself.   They are very tempting as a snack.

Make them today!  (And then hide them.)  Plan your “food gathering” for this weekend and then enjoy with friends and family!

Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans
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You can make these up to 1 week ahead of time, keeping them stored in an air-tight container in a cool dark place.
Serves: Makes 1 cup
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon golden brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup whole pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the spices with the sugar and salt. In another small mixing bowl, add the olive oil and honey to the pecans and stir to coat the nuts. Add the spice mixture and stir to evenly coat the nuts with the spice blend.
  3. Spread this into a single layer on the parchment-covered baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven until the nuts are very aromatic, deeper brown, and sizzling, about 12 minutes.
  5. Let the nuts cool and become firm on the baking sheet. Then you can remove them and break them apart.
If you like to fill bowls with candies at a holiday party, save a special bowl to fill with these Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans!
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  1. says

    Mmmmmm…I think these are a weakness of mine. They look amazing! Oh, and if I made these, I would have to get someone else in the family to hide them from me – I would be in danger of eating the whole batch. : )

  2. Jason DeMartino says

    These look great – a nice balance of savory and sweet. I make spiced, candied pecans on the stovetop – a little more akin to candymaking than this is, and definitely more firmly in the “sweet” category. These look like they’re easier to make, too.

      • Jason DeMartino says

        I’ll send you my recipe. It’s also available in my Bakespace cookbook. Yours seems to be a more popular download than mine, by the way – the contest is on!

  3. says

    Yummy!!! i love these in salads and always want to make them but end up buying them. thanks for the recipe. now i don’t need to buy them. looks easy! i like easy.

  4. says

    Nothing beats the homemade version. An easy answer to quick fixins, party appetizers, giveaways, or just a quick solution to a rumbling tummy. Multi-functional treat! I kinda’ like that! Thanks for the post! 😉

  5. says

    These may be my new go to version. Excellent balance of sweet with a little back end heat. Made these as an appetizer to have out and they were gone before I turned back around.

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