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Sweet Spiced Pecans

These crisp, sweet and spiced pecans are great to serve to guests before dinner or on top of roast vegetables, salads, or (my favorite) baked sweet potatoes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: pecan recipe
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $8.00


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Half Sheet Pan


  • 2 cups Pecan Halves
  • 2 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 3 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt


  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter melts, add the pecans and cook, stirring constantly. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt. Just as the pecans start to turn golden brown and fragrant (about 5 minutes), add the sugar mixture to the pan and stir vigorously to coat the pecans. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar starts to sizzle and caramelize on the pecans, about 2 minutes more. (Remove the pecans immediately if they show any signs of starting to burn.) Pour the pecans out onto a piece of parchment paper or baking sheet and allow to cool. When cool, break apart and store in a sealed container for up to a week.