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Candied Pumpkin Spice Pecans Recipe

Candied Pumpkin Spice Pecans Recipe

You’ll be tempted to take possession of the bowl and eat up all of these sweet and spicy nuts. Before you know it, they’ll be gone! —Julie Puderbaugh, Berwick, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep:15 min. + cooling YIELD:6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecan halves


  • 1. In a large heavy non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in sugar. Cook until mixture turns an amber color, about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally (mixture will separate).
  • 2. Stir in pie spice and vanilla; add pecans. Reduce heat; cook and stir 3-4 minutes longer or until pecans are toasted. Spread onto foil to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 cups.

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Mommy2AandA User ID: 5955657 118747
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"I wasn't sure if I should give you 5 stars or none! I made this exactly as written and it turned out like a brittle. It was so delicious I ate the whole batch myself in 2 days! Okay, trying to lose weight here, so this recipe does NOT help with that!! Thanks though for a great recipe."

ajean1 User ID: 7001609 196050
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

"this was far from greasy and a hit at the office party thanks for the recipe!"

Monica198 User ID: 5932958 118746
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Will not make this recipe again - too greasy and far too many calories! These are much better if you use the traditional method of making candied pecans. Coat the nuts with 1 egg white that you've whisked until frothy. Then toss them in the sugar spice mixture to completely coat them, and then bake the nuts in a single layer on a sprayed sheet pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes or so until they are lightly toasted. Spread them on waxed or parchment paper to cool completely and store in an airtight container. They're crunchy and stay that way, and are far lower in calories since you don't use butter."

cdshafer User ID: 7430756 181350
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Caramelizing sugar is a term most often applied to melting sugar until it becomes a caramel color liquid. Caramelized sugar is simply a mixture of sugar and water cooked until it becomes syrupy and darkens, and reaching a temperature from 340 to 350 degrees F.Learn how easy it is to caramelize sugar for topping your flans, making caramels, and other desserts. The technique varies on what you're using the caramel for, so care should be taken to note in your recipe what kind of caramel is called for. For example, the caramel needed for caramel candies is much less cooked than what's needed for spun sugar.Always caramelize sugar in small batches, starting with no more than 2 cups of sugar. The recipe below is for a small batch, as would be needed for a flan. IMPORTANT: A cook must have enough time to stand right by the pot as the process is going on.caramalized sugarCheck out Linda's Butters, Condiments, Sauces, Relish & Jelly Recipes for more great ideas.How To Caramelize SugarRecipe Type: Condiments and Sauces, SugarYields: serves manyPrep time: 10 minCook time: 10 minIngredients:1 cup granulated sugar2 tablespoons waterDrop of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, optionalEquipment:Always start with a clean pan and utensils, as any dirt or debris can cause crystals to form around itHeavy-bottom, high-sided saucepanWood spoon or silicone spatulaPrepare Caramel:In a heavy-bottom, high-sided saucepan over low to medium-low heat, combine 1 cup sugar, water, and drop of lemon juice (the lemon juice keeps the mixture from hardening. NOTE: I find that by maintaining a low heat on my stove, I have more control over the caramelizing process, as it is really easy to burn.Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, until sugar dissolves and mixture just begins to simmer. Sugar melts at about 320 degrees F. and will turn to a clear liquid at that temperature.After sugar dissolves and syrup is simmering, cook for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, without stirring. Hold handle of pan and gently tilt the pan off the heat to distribute color evenly as sugar caramelizes. NOTE: Boiling times will vary according to different stove tops and other factors.If using a digital instant-read thermometer, the temperature on your cooking thermometer should register a final temperature of approximately 340 to 350 degrees F. and the syrup should have a golden brown (light amber) color. Watch the changing of the color and the temperature carefully as it can go past the light brown stage quickly and burn. NOTE: If you think it?s close to being done but are scared of burning it, you can take it off the heat and it will finish due to the residual heat. Immediately remove from heat .This is the type of cooking and meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking. I get many readers asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right. Originally designed for professional users, the Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer is used by chefs all over the world.Set aside and let cool. To stop the caramel from cooking, some recipes have you dip the bottom if the pot in ice water for 10 seconds. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of butter. 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla. Stir in Pecan or your favorite nuts or fruits.Pour mixture out on well buttered cookie sheet to cool. enjoy."

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 196059
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"I just made these for a friend's birthday and they were a hit! Instead of using pecans, I used a can of mixed nuts which I had on hand. Pecans are so expensive right now that I just couldn't buy them. The mixed nuts worked well. I had just over three cups of nuts, so I made 1.5 times the recipe. I thought they seemed a little bit greasy too, so after they had set up on the foil I transferred them to paper towels. All in all a very good recipe and one I would definitely make again."

LaurainKs User ID: 5272920 197764
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"I must have done something wrong, because these turned out all being coated in brown sugar. I put the butter and sugar in the pan at the same time. Was this my mistake? I didn't turn the heat up too high, but things just didn't go right. They still taste okay, but are very messy to eat! I just hate wasting expensive pecans!"

jkbeachdream07 User ID: 2204987 193006
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"Make sure that you are using 1/2 stick of butter, not a whole stick. They are a bit greasy, but not too bad, the caramelization needs the butter. The sugar dissolves without water, you just need to let it melt long enough to turn light brown in color. Yes, the mixture likes to slide off the pecans, but pouring them out onto a pan and letting them cool, whatever caramelization is sitting on them or the pecans are sitting in will wind up sticking to them after they cool and it hardens."

krystanko User ID: 2680521 151098
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"Sugar needs water in it to disolve. WAY too much butter. A few made me sick! Replace water for some of the butter and would be a better recipe"

aeg2t User ID: 5187903 118744
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Although these nuts tasted good enough, I thought the recipe wasn't detailed enough. Mine turned out like brittle and were very greasy from too much butter. It may have been the way I cooked them, since candy making can be very particular."

kayakbabe1 User ID: 1292154 181346
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"The sugar did not stick to the pecans, even though I followed the recipe step by step."

hmweaver User ID: 5532863 181345
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"easy and a great idea for a gift for Christmas."

jkbeachdream07 User ID: 2204987 134954
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"I am the creator of this recipe, and in making it again, I would like to add a few things I noticed, to hopefully keep people from burning the sugar in the candying process. I turn the heat up to medium low to melt the butter, then I add the sugar and turn it up to medium. Once it begins to bubble and get frothy, I turn the heat back down to medium low. Stir occasionally, until the mixture is smooth (sugar has melted) and it is caramel in color. I am afraid that if you let it get too dark the sugar will burn for you. Once the pie spice is mixed in, you will get that dark red color. Make sure you spread the nuts out well on the foil or else they will be harder to break apart (as I found out in trying to make 5 batches for a party). I hope these tips come in handy for anybody candying for the first time. I had never done it before in the process of creating this recipe and actually did it accidentally. I hope you enjoy!!"

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