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Sugar Spiced Pecans | Perfect for snacking, topping salads and make great gifts!
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4 from 4 votes

Sugar Spiced Pecans

Sweet and Spicy Pecans for the Ultimate Snack
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Snack


  • 1 1/4 C pecan halves
  • 1/4 C granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper more if you like it spicy


  • Combine sugar, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Place a baking sheet nearby to transfer hot pecans when finished.
  • In a skillet, heat pecans for about 1 minute on medium-high heat, until fragrant.
  • Add half of the sugar mixture and mix until sugar melts and starts clinging to the pecans.
  • Add remaining sugar mixture and continue stirring until sugar melts. The longer you heat, the harder the sugar gets and the spicier the pepper is.
  • Immediately turn out onto a baking sheet.
  • Once cooled, break the pecans apart.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature. They'll keep fresh for up to 2 weeks.


Be careful not to heat for too long. The longer the sugar heats, the harder it gets. Save your teeth and remove as soon as the sugar is all melted.