I don’t know how many times I’ve walked by one of those food carts that sell cinnamon almonds and just had to stop and enjoy the amazing aroma – I love to smell roasted cinnamon almonds almost more than I love eating them. This recipe for sugar & spice pecans will fill your kitchen with the scent of toasted nuts, brown sugar, vanilla and spices, but with a savory touch of salt and a little kick of pepper.
Sweet, salty and spicy is an addictive combination. When I make these pecans, I usually find my family hovering around them as they cool on a sheet of waxed paper, waiting until they’re ready to eat. I make these pecans as a topping for salads, especially my Berry Spinach Salad with Feta, but they’re also excellent by themselves as a snack.
I’ve tried lots of different recipes for glazed pecans – with egg whites, corn syrup and other fussy ingredients – but this recipe is as simple as it gets. It takes literally 5 minutes to make these glazed pecans, but once the cooking starts, you have to act fast.
Begin by combining brown sugar, vanilla, kosher salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, black pepper, cayenne and water in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Don’t worry if the sugar is not completely dissolved. Set the glaze aside, near the stove.
Lay out a piece of waxed paper or parchment (dinner plate size or larger) on a countertop or table. Place 1 cup pecan halves in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the pecans for 2-3 minutes, until they start to smell toasty.
Pour the glaze all over the pecans. Cook and stir for about 1 1/2-2 more minutes, until the sugar mixture is sticky and caramelized. It’s easy to burn the sugar at this point, so be careful. When the sugar mixture is very sticky and beginning to brown, remove the nuts from the heat, and quickly spread them out on the waxed paper or parchment.
Let the pecans cool for at least 30-45 minutes, but preferably 1-2 hours for the glaze to harden. Once the glaze hardens, you can separate the nuts to store or chop them to use for salad.
18g fat, 8g carbohydrates, 2.5g protein, 8g fiber per serving As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g
18g fat, 8g carbohydrates, 2.5g protein, 8g fiber per serving
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