Sugar and Spice Pecans

Sweet and crunchy, these Sugar and Spice Pecans are just bursting with amazing flavor!

Sweet and crunchy, these Sugar and Spice Pecans are just bursting with amazing flavor! |

Pecans have always been my favorite nut.  I think it’s because walnut allergies run rampant in my family and so we all kind of steer clear of them – unless they’ve been cooked!  It’s not a super severe allergy or anything.  It just kind of makes my mouth feel raw.  However, since I am a total nut-lover, I often endure the discomfort for that wonderful walnut taste :)

But, I digress.

We’re talking pecans today.  Sugar and Spice Pecans to be specific.  Think of the awesome flavor that a sugared pecan has and then add cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to the mix.  Trust me, you can’t eat just one.

Sweet and crunchy, these Sugar and Spice Pecans are just bursting with amazing flavor! |

I realize I probably should have shared this recipe a few months back but we all know I was on a peppermint kick that just.would.not.stop. So I’m sharing now…forgive me?  While these nuts would OF COURSE be perfect for the holiday season, they really, REALLY should be made year-round.  These tasty nuts would be perfect for hostess gifts, teachers, parties, the super bowl – you name it!

Sweet and crunchy, these Sugar and Spice Pecans are just bursting with amazing flavor! |

I brought these to my sister’s house the other day for a after-Christmas party and received RAVE reviews.  Those are the kind I particularly like :)  If you are a pecan lover like myself, do yourself a favor and make these.  NOW.  They take less than 20 minutes to make and are worth every second.  You may find yourself making double batches in the future and you will find no judgement here.  I understand completely.

Sugar and Spice Pecans
  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbls ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbls vanilla
  • ½ cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle the pecans on a large baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Roast for 8 minutes, stirring once. Remove pecans from baking sheet and place in a bowl. Set aside.
  4. Generously butter the baking sheet.
  5. Combine sugar and spices in a small bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Combine sugar mixture, vanilla, and water in a heavy-bottomed 2 qt saucepan.
  7. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar completely dissolves.
  8. Continue cooking at a medium boil for five minutes. Remove from heat.
  9. Stir mixture vigorously for 1-2 minutes until bubbling subsides.
  10. Immediately add the pecans and stir until the pecans are coated.
  11. Quickly pour the pecans onto the buttered baking sheet and separate with a fork.
  12. Let cool for a few minutes before storing in an airtight container.

Put these on your must-make list for 2014 and come thank me later :)

Sweet and crunchy, these Sugar and Spice Pecans are just bursting with amazing flavor! |

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  1. I love nuts of all kinds, especially when they are candied like these! Great recipe :)

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  2. Oh my goodness.. these look amazing! I am definitely going to have to try this out!
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  3. I am about to make this, and when I began to read the ingredients I noticed ground gloves. I will try cloves :).

  4. I’d eat these until my mouth was numb. :) Walnuts are the worst for me – but I love them so much!
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  5. I love spiced and candies nuts, and pecans are the best!
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  6. I am a huge pecan fan! This candy looks delectable!
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  7. I love pecans … just about any old way … will have to try your way :)
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  8. Pecans are my favorite, too! I know what you mean about seasonal recipes, but I could eat these any time!! Thanks so much for sharing this, Trish!! Have a Happy New Year!! =)
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  9. WOW! I also am a “nut” lover and these look terrific!
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  10. Oh I love candied pecans… these sound amazing!
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  11. those look delicious, I love all kinds of nuts especially pecan that are candy coated!

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  12. Thank goodness we don’t have nut allergies at our house. I’m pinning and planning to make these soon!
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  13. Pecans are also my favorite nut. I love to eat them this way. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays, Trish! Pinned!

  14. I made these tonight to take to our Small Group for church. :) They are awesome and they smell sooooooo good! Have you tried this with any other nuts? Peanuts or anything like that? Pecans can be kind of pricey. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Yum! I bet these are bursting with flavor. Love that they don’t use egg whites. Can’t wait to try :)
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  16. I’m beginning to think that whole “beginning of the year diet” thing needs to be broken about now. These look so YUMMY!!

  17. I can be obsessed with pecans. This is a really wonderful recipe!
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  18. Yum, yum, yum!! These would be perfect to have out at a party or for a teacher/neighbor gift!
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  19. I wonder what I did wrong? I followed the directions and list of ingredients exactly, but my pecans are swimming in the sugar mixture. It’s so liquidy, even after 30 minutes of cooling, there is nothing to break apart…just pecans swimming in sugar water. Bummer! I had high hopes as they looked so delicious!

    • Uh-oh! The mixture should be super thick coming out of the saucepan. Maybe double check your measurements? Sorry about that!

    • I just had the same problem. And I know that I double checked my measurements, cause I always do when making candy anything. Maybe the use of a candy thermometer would have been helpful. I’ve popped mine in the oven to try to salvage the batch.

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