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Celebrate Flavors of the Holiday With Sweet, Spicy Pecans

Maybe it's the "Christmas Song" ("chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . ."), but eating spiced nuts always gets me in the mindset of the holidays. One handful of spiced nuts, and I'm transported to a place where I'm with my family, snuggled up in blankets on the couch with a holiday movie on TV and hot chocolate brewing in the background. That picture may just be in my imagination, but I'll take that comfy feeling any day — hence loving these addictive nuts!

To get the quick and simple recipe,


Nigella's Maple Pepper Pecans

Nigella's Maple Pepper Pecans

Maple Pepper Pecans


4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 1/3 cups pecan halves


  1. Melt the butter with the syrup, salt, and cayenne pepper in a pan over low heat.
  2. Add the pecans and stir to mix, leaving them on the heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet with a silicone mat, parchment paper, or foil; allow to cool before serving.

Makes 3 1/3 cups.





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cutecurls cutecurls 7 years
these sound awesome !
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I'm absolutely making these for the holidays. I love them with cheeses as a snack.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
Haha Amber. :) I love---oh god, What's it called--sugar peanuts? Is that right? Anyway, it's sugar coated peanuts and they remind me of these. Now I love nuts, so I'm so trying this recipe. I might take the spice out of it though and omit the cayenne.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I'm nutty over this recipe!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
for the longest time i wasn't into nuts all that much aside from peanuts or the random cashew, but last year really got me involved more with trying pecans and a lot of others. they are great and i think that recipes using them are really quite festive. thanks for the reminder that i can be successful in finding something else to use in my holiday mix.
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