spicy candied pecans in a bowl on a countertop next to a jar with spicy candied pecans
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Spicy Candied Pecans (Pumpkin Pie Flavored) | Holiday Food Gift

Spicy Candied Pecans are flavored like pumpkin pie and crunchy sweet with a kick of heat! A wonderful holiday food gift, wrap in mason jars with cute gift tags and a bow. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied pecans, holiday food gift, spicy nuts
Servings: 8
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Lisa Hatfield


  • 2 cups pecans 8 oz bag
  • 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup powder sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons water


  • Pre-heat oven to 250° degrees.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. (Use parchment paper and not wax paper, it will melt).
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and powder sugar.
  • Add the pecans to the sugar mixture, along with 2 tablespoons water. Stir until dissolved into a sticky glaze. (Add a bit more water if needed until you get a sticky glaze.)
  • Pour the pecans onto a baking sheet into a single layer, avoid the nuts touching. Use all the glaze from the bowl, and pour over the pecans. Bake 250 degrees for 60 minutes, stirring one-time during the hour until the pecans are dry and crunchy.
  • Once done, slide the parchment off of the hot baking sheet and allow the pecans to cool completely on the countertop.
  • Store in a decorated mason jars (hot glue small wooden leaves from the craft store) or airtight containers. Write out a cute gift tag, and maybe include the recipe for a fun gift!


  • Serve spicy pecans on a cheese board or serve in a festive fall salad!

I Don't Like Spicy Foods! Can I Make Sweet Spiced Pecans?

Sure thing! If you want spiced pecans but not spicy pecans, omit the cayenne pepper. This will take away the kick of heat and leave you with sweet spiced pecans.

Can I Use This Recipe for Other Candied Nuts?

Yes! Candied walnuts and candied almonds can be made with this recipe. Pecans are my favorite though... it's hard to beat the slight natural sweetness of pecans paired with sugar and spices!

How to Store Spicy Candied Pecans

Store these spicy pecans in decorated mason jars (hot glue small wooden leaves from the craft store) or airtight containers.
(Side note on mason jars: If you love them as much as I do, you'll love this post about 50+ Best Ways to Use Mason Jars!)

Spicy Candied Pecans Make the Perfect Holiday Homemade Food Gift

Write out a cute gift tag for your decorated mason jars and maybe include the recipe for a fun homemade food gift!
The jars alone will make a wonderful gift, but if you want to take things up a notch, you can serve them as part of a gorgeous autumn gift basket. In a large basket, tuck in a fabulous throw, some fall colored roses, a couple bottles of wine, and a jar of your spicy pecans. Who wouldn't want to receive this beautiful gift?


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg