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Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Pecans

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.


5 cups

Have snack lovers on your Christmas gift list? You can't go wrong with a festive tin brimming with these special pecans. The sweet-spicy flavor combination is irresistible.
Sweet 'n' Spicy Pecans Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup and vanilla; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine water and pecans; bring to a boil for 1 minute. Drain. Immediately add to sugar mixture; toss to coat.
  2. Transfer to an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until browned, stirring every 10 minutes.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients; sprinkle over hot pecans. Stir to coat. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet; cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 196 calories, 18g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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