Sweet and Spicy Pecans


These yummy pecans are super for snacking, but they also make wonderful holiday or hostess gifts. Why use cane sugar? Cane sugar has a lower melting point than the more common beet sugar, which makes cane sugar better for candied glazes.

Sweet and Spicy Pecans
Prep Time:
5 mins
Bake Time:
13 mins
Cool Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
38 mins
4 cups


  • 4 cup pecan halves

  • cup natural cane sugar

  • 2 tablespoon fresh rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt, plus more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • 4 tablespoon (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.

  2. Spread pecans on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven for 5 to 7 minutes to lightly toast.

  3. Meanwhile, for the spice mixture, in a small bowl combine the sugar, rosemary, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; stir to mix. In an extra-large bowl, combine the melted butter and vanilla. Add the toasted pecans to the bowl with butter and vanilla; toss to coat. remove the pecans from the oven and add them to the butter and vanilla mixture, tossing to coat. Add the spice mixture; toss to coat evenly with spices.

  4. Spread coated pecans to the same baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until toasted and fragrant, stirring once halfway through. Sprinkle with additional salt, if desired. Cool pecans completely; they become more crisp as they cool. Store cooled pecans in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

240 Calories
24g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 293mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 114mg 2%
Folate, total 4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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