These sweet and spicy candied pecans are perfect for snacking, on salads and desserts, or even as last minute gifts!
I’m going nuts for candied nuts today!
These spicy candied nuts are just about the most addicting snack to come out of my kitchen since…Honey Roasted Sriracha Chickpeas? I had a hankering for something sweet and crunchy, and going through my Snacks archive, the only thing that came close were these Cinnamon Candied Almonds. I was looking for a new recipe for roasted nuts with shiny, candy coating, just like the ones you find in gourmet baskets or sold by the pound at candy stores, and I think this is it!
The recipe is slightly adapted from Once Upon A Chef and I love that it uses only 4 ingredients (I added cinnamon, which makes it 5), most of which I almost always have on hand.
I think the confectioners’ sugar actually makes the difference, otherwise if made with granulated sugar, you get something similar to my old recipe. By the way, you can absolutely substitute pecans with your favorite nuts:
Super easy to make and in and out of the oven in less than 15 minutes, this recipe is an absolute keeper. The candied nuts are spicy, sweet, crunchy, and just so addicting. Spoiler alert: the first batch I made lasted a day and a half. #cantstopwontstop. So make sure to double the batch while you’re at it!
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups pecans
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Add water one teaspoon at a time until the mixture becomes a sticky glaze (I used 3 teaspoons of water).
- Add pecans to the glaze and mix until the nuts are thoroughly coated in the sugar mixture.
- Transfer the pecans to the prepared baking sheet and arrange in a single layer, drizzling excess glaze over the nuts.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the pecans are caramelized on top. Let cool on a baking rack. The pecans will be slightly sticky at first, but the coating hardens as they cool.
- Once cooled, break apart any clusters if needed. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container.