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Spiced Pecans Recipe

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This Spiced Pecans Recipe is a true holiday tradition! I love the sweet and crunchy combo of this easy Christmas dessert! Perfect for snacking the day away and a delicious homemade gift!

You only need simple ingredients and a short time to whip up these fun treats. It’s one of my favorites to gobble up every Christmas!

Besides the flavor, the best part about this simple recipe is that it just takes minutes to wait. Because when you have a delicious recipe, you don’t want to wait that long!

Spiced Pecans Recipe

My boys have always loved this recipe. I’ve been making it for years because it’s one of the best! It’s perfect for a sweet appetizer, a simple snack, and a great way to add crunch to the dessert table.

We’ll even have this as a pairing with hot chocolate and coffee on Christmas morning. The texture and taste go with just about everything.

Grab a cute gift box and fill it full! This simple pecan recipe makes a great homemade gift that will have everyone giving thanks with every bite.

Why are my candied pecans not crunchy?

Candied pecans are a beloved treat for many, but sometimes, they may not turn out as crunchy as desired. The reason for this could be due to several factors.

First, it is important to ensure that the pecans are completely cooled before adding the sugar mixture to prevent the sugar from melting and creating a soggy texture.

Another possibility is not cooking the sugar mixture long enough, resulting in a sticky coating instead of a crispy one.

Lastly, using too much liquid or not separating the pecans enough on the baking sheet can cause them to steam and lose their crunchiness.

By implementing these tips, achieving that sought-after satisfying crunch in every bite of candied pecans is possible.

Specialty Ingredients:

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Spiced Pecans Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

If you’re on the fence about meal planning, now is the time to start. You’ll save money and time – and enjoy the cooking process again!

Main Dish: Hamburger Meat and Pasta Recipes

Vegetable Side: Copycat Chick-fil-A Coleslaw Recipe

Starch Side: Garlic and Parmesan Steak Fries

Refreshing Drink: Pumpkin Spice Drink Recipe

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Once you make this Pecan Snack Recipe, stop overcomplicating recipes and make more simple ones! I’ve gathered my top favorites to help get you started!

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Fill your belly full of this Red White and Blue Snack Mix Recipe!

How do I store candied pecans?

To store candied pecans using an airtight container, such as a jar with a tight-fitting lid or a resealable bag.

This will help protect the pecans from exposure to moisture and air, which can cause them to go stale or lose their flavor. It is also important to store the container in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or heat sources.

These simple steps will ensure your candied pecans remain fresh and delicious for an extended period.

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Spiced Pecans Recipe

Spiced Pecans Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Spiced Pecans Recipe is loaded with the perfect sweet and crunchy balance!


  • 3 Cups of White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 cups of whole shelled pecans
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of butter or margarine


  1. Boil sugar, milk, and allspice until it reaches soft ball (234°) stage.
    Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter.
    Beat until creamy and add in the pecans.
    Drop heaping spoon fulls unto waxed paper and allow to set.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 459Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 0gSugar: 104gProtein: 3g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/8/2023

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Crystal & Co

Saturday 30th of November 2013

These would be perfect for our Christmas get together at my SIL's.

Kelli Miller

Sunday 1st of December 2013

It sometimes takes some practice to get the right consistency, but oh they are so yummy!

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