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

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings



  • 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!).
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Photo by Steven DePolo CC 2.0

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