Spicy Candied Pecans

You can’t eat just one. Caramelized candy pecans with cayenne? Count us in as super-fans of this easy-to-make spicy snack. Know you’ll likely be making more than one batch in a cooking session as they will go fast.

Spicy candied pecans

The cayenne pepper powder (and the small amount used) adds a suitable snacking kick: Not too hot and a perfect neutral flavor that lets the caramelized yumminess of these pecans shine. But if you want more spice, simply double the amount used to a teaspoon of cayenne. It’s sweet, spicy, and nutty all in one.

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Spicy candied pecans

Spicy Candied Pecans

Sugary sweet, with a little fire from cayenne.
4 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 6 servings
Calories 267 kcal


  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine the sugar, salt, and cayenne in a medium mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Add the pecans and 2 tablespoons water, then stir until the mix covers the pecans as a glaze.
  • Place the pecans on a parchment-lined baking sheet evenly spread apart, then bake the nuts for 10 minutes (or until the pecans are caramelized).
  • Lift the parchment paper off the hot baking sheet, and place it to the side to let the pecans cool (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Remove the pecans from the parchment sheet and place in a sealable container (or better yet – eat fresh!).


Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 291mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 88IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on June 16, 2022 to include new content.
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