Naturally Sweetened Candied Pecans

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recipe by Caoimhe at Drop

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These crispy candied pecans are naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and given a kick with cayenne pepper and pumpkin pie spice. I love them in porridge, but they're pretty irresistible as a snack too.

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recipe updated Jun 10, 2019


  • Maple syrup icon
    Maple syrup
    ¼ cup (60ml)
  • Butter icon
    1 tbsp (14g)
  • Vanilla extract icon
    Vanilla extract
    2 tsp (10ml)
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    1½ tsp (about 4g)
  • Cayenne pepper icon
    Cayenne pepper
    ¼ tsp (about 1g)
  • Pumpkin pie spice icon
    Pumpkin pie spice
    2 tsp (about 5g)
  • Pecan halves icon
    Pecan halves
    3 cups (302g)


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Baking sheet - 18 x 13"

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  1. Pre-heat oven - 170°C
  2. Line
  3. Add maple syrup, butter, vanilla extract, kosher salt, cayenne pepper and pumpkin pie spice to a clean large mixing bowl
  4. Mix
  5. Add pecan halves to the large mixing bowl
  6. Mix
  7. Transfer content of large mixing bowl to baking sheet
  8. Bake without stirring - 10 min, 170°C
  9. Bake while stirring occasionally - 20 min, 170°C
  10. Remove and mix
  11. Cool on surface until completely cool
  12. Store in plastic container
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