sweet and savory spiced pecans
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Sweet & Savory Spiced Pecans

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April is National Pecan Month.

However, on top of that, April 14th in National Pecan Day. Pecans everywhere!

I have roasted my two pounds of pecans to put in the freezer for later snacking. What are you doing to celebrate? LOL

Ironically, we have a pecan tree in our front yard. How long did it take me to realize that? I am embarrassed to say years. The squirrels made short work of them each year and I only saw a few nuts on the ground each year. A tree trimmer informed me about what we had in the front yard — I felt silly!

I have been buying pecans when I could have battled the squirrels for them! LOL I haven’t come up with a game plan yet…

Today’s recipe is sweet and savory spiced pecans. Sweet and savory go together so well. And roasted pecans — they get a buttery texture when roasted. Yum!

sweet and savory spiced pecans
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Sweet & Savory Spiced Pecans

A sweet and spicy pecan or appetizer or snack
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizers, pecans, snack


  • bowl
  • rimmed baking sheet
  • Skillet


  • 1 T. fresh rosemary leaves finely chopped
  • 2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 t. ground cardamom
  • ¾ t. allspice
  • ½ t. ground cloves
  • ¼ t. ground cayenne
  • ½ t. fine sea salt
  • ¼ t. black pepper
  • ¼ c. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 c. honey preferably local
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 4 c. whole pecans
  • ¼ c. raw cane or other large grain sugar for dusting


  • Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat. Set aside.
  • Combine rosemary, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, cayenne, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
    sweet and savory spiced pecans
  • Add butter to a small skillet set over medium heat.
  • When the butter is mostly melted, add the honey and maple syrup and stir to combine. Heat for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
    butter, honey, and syrup
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Place pecans in a large bowl and pour the melted butter mixture on top.
    pecans and butter
  • Add the spice mixture and stir until the pecans are completely coated in both.
  • Transfer the coated pecans to the prepared baking sheet and spread it into a thin, single layer without overcrowding.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes, giving the pecans a good stir after 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle half the coarse sugar on top and stir to combine.
    sugar pecans
  • Repeat with the remaining sugar and cool completely. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks. Enjoy!

Enjoy your sweet and savory spiced pecans!

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