Spicy Candied Pecans – Homemade Southern Treat

These Spicy Candied Pecans are perfect to have around the house for Holiday Treats! They’re a great item to serve with cocktails.

They’re also good tossed over salads or to top Christmas cookies with! Decorate a cake or pumpkin pie with them. Or just eat out of hand when you get the munchies.

They also make a delicious homemade gift. Make up a huge batch and give it to friends and family.

The best part about this recipe? It only takes simple ingredients to make — and it’s ready in 15 minutes. Perfect for unexpected guests!

Ok, you know what, you better double the recipe.

Spicy Candied Pecans

These Spicy Candied Pecans are great any time of year but are especially good for holiday treats! 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Spicy Candied Pecans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 320 kcal


  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter large cookie sheets.
  3. Add the melted butter, water and sugar to a saucepan and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the spices and pecans and stir until well coated. About 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a buttered cookie sheet in a single layer and bake until golden. Approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Cool and store in airtight containers.

Good To Know About These Spicy Candied Pecans:

These are crazy addictive. The cardamom gives these a different spin on spiced nuts –one which those less familiar with the intoxicating spice may not recognize. Whether the taster knows the spice or not, they will love them.

The cardamom really does make these nuts! I think I’ll add a touch more next time I make them.

If you are planning on making these to give as gifts, as I did, you have three easy options.

1) You can make them right before you give them away so you don’t have time to nibble through the batch;

2) You can make a second batch after scarfing down the first; or

3) You can simply double the batch in the first place.

Wait. Don’t double this recipe – triple it! Spicy Candied Pecans are that good.

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