The holidays are a great time to make traditional treats or create do-it-yourself gifts for family and friends.

Candied pecans are a versatile treat that can be used as holiday or hostess gifts, snacks, or served with an endless variety of dishes, including salads, cheese boards, and charcuterie trays.


When I make candied pecans, I love to add them to my kale, spinach, and apple salad. Here’s my recipe for candied pecans, which will come together effortlessly in the oven.

You will need:

1 10-ounce package of pecan halves or a mixture of nuts

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons sugar

Scant 1 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place pecans in a medium bowl. Melt butter in a heavy small saucepan. Add sugar and salt, and continue to cook until sugar and salt are mostly dissolved for 5 to 7 minutes. Measure out all other ingredients and combine well. Pour melted butter mixture over pecans and combine well. Sprinkle spice mixture over pecans and combine well. Transfer to a cookie sheet. Bake until nuts are toasted, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Pecans can be prepared ahead. Store in an airtight container.)


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