Spiced Pecans make for a delicious snack, crunchy topping, and, for those of you who are already planning, an awesome holiday gift!
If you’re wondering what happiness tastes like – this is it!!!!!
Oh mannnnn, spiced pecans take life to a whole new level.
Yep, I said life. Maybe it’s a little dramatic for some, but unless you’ve tried them – you don’t know what you’re missing!
What makes them the perfect snack? Topping? Gift? They’re:
They’re ideal for:
- cocktail parties
- gift giving
- topping for cakes, ice cream, French toast, pancakes, crostini (<—-stay tuned for that little surprise…see you Friday 😉 )
Here’s the thing – it’s really simple to buy nuts, maybe we grab a tin of mixed nuts, throw them in a few holiday bowls and scatter ’em about the room when we’re entertaining. We’ve all done it. It’s fine. But if we can take an extra 10 minutes to let our guests know how we really feel about them, why wouldn’t we?
The time it takes to combine a few spices with a little butter and some gorgeous pecans to create the perfect crunchy bite….
…is well-worth the special feeling our guests will experience when they’ve been treated to something homemade.
So worth it.
- ½ lb. pecan halves
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 2½ - 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. water
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment. Set aside.
- Place nuts in a 10" cast-iron skillet set over medium heat. Stir.
- While stirring, cook for 3 - 4 minutes until fragrant.
- Add the butter and stir until it melts.
- Add the cayenne pepper, cinnamon and salt. Stir to combine.
- Once combined, add the brown sugar and water and cook until mixture thickens and coats the pecans, about 2 - 3 minutes.
- Deliver nuts to the parchment lined sheet pan.
- Separate the pecans and cool completely before transferring to an airtight storage container.
- Serve at room temperature.