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Sweet and Spicy Pecans or Spiced Walnuts

An easy recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pecans (crack pecans) or you can make spiced walnuts.  These spicy pecans are a little bit naughty (spicy) and a little bit nice (sweet) that your family will enjoy this Christmas

Sweet and Spicy Pecans
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Around Christmas time our home smells of holiday baking and sweet treats which is a part of this glorious holiday that we love.   It’s such a busy time of the year that sometimes we run around and just check things off the list.  But we forget to take the time to just sit and treat ourselves.
Remember the first thing that should be on any to-do list is to treat yourself.  Yes, you need to be first!  It’s not being selfish, it’s taking care of yourself because you deserve to enjoy all the holidays also.
We almost don’t believe it’s Christmas until we make our Sweet and Spicy Pecans.  (Or sometimes we replace the pecans and make spicy walnuts.)  This treat is a little bit nice and a little bit naughty and will delight your family and guests with this blend of flavors.
One of the best ways I enjoy treating myself is little snacks that I can munch while I’m doing other things.  I can sit and write out lists or browse new recipes and snack on these sweet and spicy pecans or spiced walnuts at the same time.
We usually have a  Christmas dish or a pretty Christmas Canister on the bar, on a side table or near the coffee pot during the holidays.  They are filled with these “crack pecans” that are sweet with the rich taste of brown sugar but have a dash of cayenne that gives these pecans a “bite” of spiciness.  And these spicy walnuts or spicy pecans are very easy to make which makes entertaining a little easier for you.

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Sweet and Spicy Pecans

An easy recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pecans (crack pecans) or spiced walnuts that are a little bit naughty (spicy) and a little bit nice (sweet).
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Pecan Snacks, crack pecans, spiced walnuts, Sweet and Spicy Pecans
Servings: 8
Calories: 430kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Mix brown sugar, white sugar, salt, cayenne, pepper, and cinnamon in a medium bowl until there are no lumps and everything is well blended
  • In a separate medium bowl, whip egg white and water until frothy but not stiff
  • Add pecans (or walnuts) to egg white mixture and stir to coat evenly
  • Sprinkle the pecans (or walnuts) with the sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated
  • Spread the nuts on a single layer on a cookie sheet covered with a silicone baking mat.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Remove from oven and stir gently to separate the nuts as they cool


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg





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Jamie Sherman

Monday 24th of November 2014

Yummy!! I should make some of these for gifts this year!

Linda Sears

Sunday 5th of January 2014

spiced nuts. yum! love pecans! thank you for the recipe.

Kelly Blackwell

Saturday 4th of January 2014

Love pecans! Spicy or otherwise. I will definitely give these a try!


Friday 27th of December 2013

These look soooo good!


Thursday 26th of December 2013

I tried them for the first time this year and they were good!!