Spicy Cinnamon Pecans

The mix of cinnamon and cayenne pepper is one of those spice rack dynamic duos. Cinnamon has that exotic warmth, that sweet earthy flair. And cayenne? Well, it will punch you right in the taste buds. It adds extra life to that homey cinnamon warmth, and we think the pecan is the perfect snacking vehicle for this spice rack combo. Spicy cinnamon pecans are crunchy, sweet, fiery, and nutty all in one.

Share these as a snack side on your holiday table. They’re also perfect to crumble up as a topping for ice cream and other desserts. For those only marginally heat-inclined, we recommend sticking with that half a teaspoon of cayenne. It’ll have a nice, family-friendly heat. If you’re a spicy food fan, feel free to add an additional quarter to half a teaspoon if you’d like.

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Spicy Cinnamon Pecans

Spicy Cinnamon Pecans

Deliciously warm and spicy snacking
4.58 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 308 kcal


  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine in a mixing bowl, the melted butter, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt. Stir well.
  • Add in the pecans and stir to totally cover the nuts with the butter mix.
  • Place the coated nuts on a baking pan, evenly spread. Then bake the pecans for 15 minutes to 20 minutes, flipping them 2 to 3 times during the time frame. Remove the nuts when toasted.


Want it spicier? Double the cayenne pepper in the recipe.


Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 239mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 213IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cayenne Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on July 7, 2022 to include new content.
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