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Spiced Candied Pecans

Spiced Candied Pecans

Spiced candied pecans are crunchy and sweet with a hint of heat and bursting with flavor. Perfect for snacking or topping. 

Course Dessert
Keyword dessert, snack, topping
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 Tbsb
Calories 60 kcal


  • 125 grams Pecans
  • 25 grams Granulated Sugar approx 2 tablespoons
  • 1 gram Cayenne approx 2 pinches
  • 30 grams Lemon juice approx 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 gram Salt approx 1 pinch


  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. If you have a silicone baking mat, keep it unrolled and ready on the sheet pan. Silpat 11-5/8″ x 16-1/2″ Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

  2. Combine pecans, sugar, cayenne, and salt in a medium saucepan

  3. On medium heat, slowly cook the mixture till the sugar caramelizes to a golden brown and coats the pecans.

  4. Now set the heat to high for a minute. You will see the pan browning. Add the lemon juice. You will hear a sizzle and the lemon juice will loosen the caramelized sugar on the pan. Stir quickly to combine.

  5. Cook till all the liquid evaporates.

  6. Transfer the nuts onto the sheet pan or silicone baking mat. Separate the pieces with a silicone spatula or fork.

  7. Let it cool to room temperature. (I pop them in my mouth when are hot – can’t control myself!)

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