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Spiced Pecans

Ben Fink

Yield: Yields 4 cups.

This recipe makes enough for the Wild Rice Stuffing, with extra to serve as nibbles before the meal.


  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. each ground white pepper, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice (or 4 tsp. quatre épices)
  • 4 cups pecan halves (about 12 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup dark maple syrup (or 1/2 cup regular maple syrup)

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per 1/4 cup
  • Calories (kcal) : 220
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 180
  • Fat (g): 20
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11
  • Cholesterol (mg): 10
  • Sodium (mg): 610
  • Carbohydrates (g): 12
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 2


  • Up to two weeks ahead: Heat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, toss together the salt, cayenne, white pepper, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Add the pecans and toss well. Drizzle the melted butter over the pecans and mix well. Turn out onto a rimmed baking sheet, scraping any spices and butter from the bowl and spreading the nuts into one layer. Bake until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally, about 9 minutes. Drizzle the maple syrup over the nuts, stir to combine, and bake about 10 minutes longer, until the nuts turn glossy and slightly dark. Let the nuts cool in the pan for 30 minutes and then scrape the nuts and any maple drippings into a bowl; break up any large clusters. Reserve 2 cups of the nuts; chop the remainder very coarsely. Label and store the chopped nuts (for the stuffing) and the whole nuts (for nibbling) separately in the freezer in zip-top bags.


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  • MarieBe | 12/26/2016

    these are really good, I use about half the amount of salt. chop a handful or more and add them to roasted Brussels sprouts, yum!

  • trav45 | 03/12/2011

    It's a five with one caveat: 4 tsp is WAY too much salt! I only used half that, and they were still a bit on the salty side. Next time, I will only use 1 tsp. Otherwise, these are lovely, and are great in Ina Garten's roasted butternut squash salad.

  • bonniex4 | 12/23/2010

    Whoa. Just made these to include in the stuffing. Thank goodness the stuffing only uses half of this recipe, because I have been nibbling on them all day. DELICIOUS. I'll make this in the future for parties and such. People will think I'm a genius.

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