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Maple and Black Pepper Pecans


Serves 8

Yields 2 cups

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 119

Need to stave off your gang’s hunger while you put the finishing touches on the holiday meal? These addictive spicy-sweet nuts are just the thing. They’re also perfect with cocktails, so keep that in mind for your next dinner party.

  • 1 Tbs. egg white (1/2 large egg white), lightly beaten
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 oz. (2 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. (2 cups) pecan halves

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 325°F.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white with 1 tsp. salt until very frothy, about 1 minute. Whisk in the maple syrup, butter, and 2 tsp. pepper; then stir in the pecans with a heatproof spatula.

Spread the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring once or twice with the spatula, until they have absorbed all the glaze and are a shade darker, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool for about 5 minutes. Stir with the spatula and continue to cool until crisp, about 5 minutes more.


The pecans will keep in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 250, Fat (kcal): 23, Fat Calories (g): 210, Saturated Fat (g): 3.5, Protein (g): 3, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12, Carbohydrates (mg): 11, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 6, Sodium (g): 140, Cholesterol (g): 10, Fiber (g): 3,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Excellent, simple spiced nuts. Took them to football night where they were a big hit. Halfway through cooking it looked like the "batter" wouldn't absorb, but rest assured it does. Made with half pecans and half walnuts - may have liked the walnuts better!

These are straight up amazing! Will make great Christmas presents if I can keep from eating them all!!! I had extra liquid so I basically doubled the quantity of pecans and they came out perfect. Don't know what that 3-star review was talking about.

These are so good! I have not found one person that doesn't like them.

These are absolutely delicious! Spiceydeb - please don't review recipes when you've made a monumental error - using 1 pound versus the 8 oz called for in the recipe will obviously cut the flavour in half and not give a true impression of how they should taste if prepared properly.

I've made this recipe a couple of times and we just LOVE IT! It's nice to have as a nibble before dinner or after dinner finishing off wine or having coffee. I've even brought it into work and they were gone in no time. This is a definately a keeper.

How many glazed nut recipes do I need to have? Well, I guess the answer is that as long as they can be very unique recipes, there is no limit. We sipped on Bourbon last night, along with these fabulous Pecans. The pepper provided a flavorful and gentle heat that was very pleasing, and the sweetness was seductively mild with the addition of the Kosher salt....I used "Grade B" Maple syrup by the way. In our little family, we like when glazed nuts are deeply toasted, and not a bit tacky from the glaze. I made half the recipe, and baked 10 minutes, stirred, baked 10 more minutes, stirred, and then a final 5 minutes. Additionally, when the nuts were done baking, I turned off the oven, opened the door for maybe 3 minutes to let out a goodly amount of the heat, and then I closed the oven door to let the nuts dwell until completely cool. The resulting Pecans were toasted throughout, shatteringly crisp, and so flavorful. A keeper of a recipe for sure, not to mention that they would make a phenomenal gift, as they are so unique.

I found these to be a little mild and lacking in flavour, however I accidentally used a pound of pecans, not 8 ounces as specified in the recipe. Perhaps with less pecans the flavour would be more pronounced. Not the best spiced pecan recipe I've made, probably won't make again.

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