Sweet and Spicy Pecans

  • These Sweet and Spicy Pecans are easy to make and super addictive! They are great for a snack, appetizer, and even great for gifting!!

    These Sweet and Spicy Pecans are easy to make and super addictive!  They are great for a snack, appetizer, and even great for gifting!!

    Sweet and Spicy Pecans

    I’m putting out a disclaimer with these sweet and spicy pecans……once you start you WILL NOT stop! 

    They are super addictive and perfect for your appetizer spread you may be planning.  They also make great gifts. 

    Package up in a mason jar and tie a ribbon around them and I promise whoever you give these too will love you forever!

    Some more great gifting options are these DIY Christmas Gift Baskets, Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix, and these Cinnamon Roll Cookies!

    These Sweet and Spicy Pecans are easy to make and super addictive!  They are great for a snack, appetizer, and even great for gifting!!

    Well, we are in the final few days before Christmas!!!!  YAY!!!  I think I get just as excited for Christmas as my kiddos do.  I’m just hoping we can avoid catastrophe for the rest of Christmas vacation! 

    My second oldest had a fast trip to the dentist to fix her front teeth.  She was spinning around in her room and ran into the bunk bed, which is metal, which is not very forgiving!  She broke her left front tooth in half and chipped her other front tooth.

    It was not a pretty sight but she handled it really well, it was me who didn’t.  I had to dig a chunk of her tooth out of her lip and I don’t handle those situations very well and I’m sure she could tell that by the look on my face. 

    But I did hold my composure, got her cleaned up, and phoned the dentist to see what we were facing.  We went to the dentist the next day and he was able to “patch” her teeth up good as new! 

    We may be facing dental issues down the road but for now, everything is ok.  Phew!

    These Sweet and Spicy Pecans are easy to make and super addictive!  They are great for a snack, appetizer, and even great for gifting!!

    About these Sweet and Spicy Pecans:

    • Don’t like pecans, no problem!  Change them out for walnuts, almonds, cashews……the choice is yours.  If you choose a smaller nut such as pistachios watch them closely because they will burn quicker.
    • These nuts are the perfect addition to an appetizer platter or for a last minute Christmas gift!
    • Make ahead tip: these pecans can be stored for about 3-6 months or frozen for up to 2 years.  Other nuts will have different storage lengths, but roughly this same amount of time.

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    Sweet and Spicy Pecans
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
     

    These Sweet and Spicy Pecans are easy to make and super addictive! They are great for a snack, appetizer, and even great for gifting!!

    Course: Appetizer, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Food basket, spicy nuts
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 202 kcal
    Author: Countryside Cravings
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups pecan halves
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • ½ cup powdered sugar
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 tablespoon water
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.  

    2. In a medium sized bowl combine the nuts, cinnamon, powdered sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper.  Stir in the water.  Stir well to coat the nuts and spread on the baking sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the nuts start to become a little darker in color and start to smell nutty.  Remove from oven and stir well.  Let cool completely before storing.  

    Recipe Notes
    1. This makes about 2 cups of nuts with a serving of nuts being about 1/4 of a cup. 
    2. Don’t like pecans, no problem!  Change them out for walnuts, almonds, cashews……the choice is yours.  If you choose a smaller nut such as pistachios watch them closely because they will burn quicker.  
    3. These nuts are the perfect addition to an appetizer platter or for a last minute Christmas gift!  
    4. Make ahead tip: these pecans can be stored for about 3-6 months or frozen for up to 2 years.  Other nuts will have different storage lengths, but roughly this same amount of time.  
    5. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
    Nutrition Facts
    Sweet and Spicy Pecans
    Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
    Calories 202 Calories from Fat 162
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 18g28%
    Saturated Fat 2g13%
    Sodium 146mg6%
    Potassium 101mg3%
    Carbohydrates 11g4%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 8g9%
    Protein 2g4%
    Vitamin A 66IU1%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 22mg2%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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