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Spicy Candied Pecans

Spicy Candied Pecans are flavored like pumpkin pie and crunchy sweet with a kick of heat! A wonderful gourmet holiday food gift, wrap in mason jars with cute gift tags and a bow. This recipe has no egg and is vegan.
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


  • 2 cups pecans 8 oz bag
  • 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ 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!




Spicy pecans go great on a cheeseboard.
Toss them in a festive holiday salad!


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.

candied nuts:

Yes, this recipe works fine to make candied walnuts and candied almonds.  Pecans are my favorite though... it's hard to beat the slight natural sweetness of pecans paired with sugar and spices!


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!)

holiday 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 of 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