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Maple and Black Pepper Pecans

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 2 cups

Servings: 8

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

Nutritional Information

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


  • 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.


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  • pghgrl | 01/23/2016

    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!

  • user-4281261 | 12/22/2014

    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.

  • LucyMaeJohn | 11/22/2014

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

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    PicNicking | 11/12/2013

    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.

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