This Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans Recipe will bring the perfect amount of crunch and spice to almost anything you add them to. Sweet. Spicy. Earthy. Crunchy. You can’t eat just one. Caramelized pecans are divine in a salad, or on their own.
Forgive my enthusiastic, semi-poetic word association above. I am just excited to talk about — and eat — my Sweet, Spiced Caramelized Pecans.
How to Use Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans
- They’re fabulous in salads!
- Serve them in a bowl as and serve as an appetizer.
- Prepare this caramelized pecans recipe before making your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and then add in about 1 cup of them, crushed. And please report back and let me know what you think.
- If you like to fill bowls with candies at a holiday party, save a special bowl to fill with these pecans.
Why They Should be Homemade
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.
These nuts are amazing in my Chicken-Grape Salad with Sautéed Potatoes and Lemon-Mustard Dressing.
And this salad can easily be a full meal.
The caramelized pecans elevate it so much that you could even serve this at a fancy dinner gathering. Or fancy-ish. 😉
How long will they keep?
You can make these up to 1 week ahead of time, keeping them stored in an air-tight container in a cool dark place
If 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, so you’ll have some left to share.)
Plan your dinner party for this weekend and then enjoy with friends and family!
A couple other delicious spiced nut recipes:
This Sweet Spiced Caramelized Pecans Recipe will bring the perfect amount of crunch and spice to almost anything you add them to.
Makes 1 cup
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with foil.
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.
Spread this into a single layer on the parchment-covered baking sheet.
Bake in the oven until the nuts are very aromatic, deeper brown, and sizzling, about 12 minutes.
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!
You can make these up to 1 week ahead of time, keeping them stored in an air-tight container in a cool dark place.