Spicy Candied Pecans

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You can’t eat just one…

Caramelized candy pecans with cayenne? Count us in as super-fans of this easy to make spicy snack. Know you’ll likely be making more than one batch in a cooking session as they will go fast.

The cayenne pepper powder (and the small amount used) adds a suitable snacking kick: Not too hot and a perfect neutral flavor that lets the caramelized yumminess of these pecans shine. But if you want more spice, simply double the amount used to a teaspoon of cayenne. It’s sweet, spicy, and nutty all in one.

Spicy candied pecans

Spicy Candied Pecans

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 267kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine the sugar, salt, and cayenne in a medium mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Add the pecans and 2 tablespoons water, then stir until the mix covers the pecans as a glaze.
  • Place the pecans on a parchment-lined baking sheet evenly spread apart, then bake the nuts for 10 minutes (or until the pecans are caramelized).
  • Lift the parchment paper off the hot baking sheet, and place it to the side to let the pecans cool (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Remove the pecans from the parchment sheet and place in a sealable container (or better yet – eat fresh!).



Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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