These Spiced Christmas Pecans are insanely delicious, only require 5 simple ingredients (pecans, maple syrup, butter, Christmas Spice, vanilla extract), and come together in 20 minutes.
About this Recipe
We’ve been munching on cookies for the past few weeks and I thought it might be time for a slightly healthier Christmas treat (I said healthier NOT healthy!). I love eating roasted nuts but this time of the year I wanted something special like SPICED CHRISTMAS PECANS! Friends, I thought I might have to experiment a little while to get the recipe just right. I was wrong. I nailed it with the first batch (that almost never happens!!!).
Ingredients for Spiced Christmas Pecans
These insanely delicious Spiced Christmas Pecans only require 5 simple ingredients: pecans, maple syrup, butter, Christmas Spice, vanilla extract. That’s it.
How to make Spiced Christmas Pecans
Spiced Christmas Pecans are super quick & easy to make. Simply (1) prepare the coating in a saucepan, (2) coat pecans, and then (3) bake the pecans for about 8 minutes OR until they are caramelized and golden. Done. Please keep in mind that oven times may vary between 6 and 10 minutes (watch the pecans closely as they burn easily!). Also, allow the pecans to cool for about 30 minutes before eating them (if you can wait that long!).
How to serve Spiced Christmas Pecans
Ever since I’ve created this recipe, we’ve been snacking on these Spiced Christmas Pecans and Chris keeps asking for more. I’m telling you, they are seriously addictively delicious. I highly recommend serving them with a Skinny Gingerbread Latte (just saying!). While these Spiced Christmas Pecans might not be the most healthy snack in the world, they will make the perfect treat to have on hand this Christmas for snacking or for hosting.
Food Gift Ideas
Speaking of Christmas, have you finished your Christmas Shopping yet? One of my favourite parts of the holiday season is picking out the perfect gift for my family and friends. I love making DIY gifts for Christmas (what a surprise, eh!). I think handmade or homemade gifts are especially appreciated for the time spent making them as much as the gift itself. There is just something special about giving a gift made with love and care. I like giving handmade clothes or other little sewing projects as a personalized gift. It’s usually a big hit BUT, as you can imagine, it’s also pretty time-consuming. Luckily, there are also some DIY gifts, such as food gifts, that are great for a bunch of people (I mean, come on, who doesn’t like homemade food???).
If you are still looking for gift ideas, homemade nut mixes (hint: Spiced Christmas Pecans!) or spice blends (hint: Christmas Spice!) make a wonderful gift. Simply put in little glass jars (or cello bags with cardboard wraps) and add a ‘homemade’ sticker (you could also attach the recipe!). Done! That was easy, wasn’t it? You’re welcome!
More Cooking Inspiration
I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope you enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. I will be back soon (posting healthy detox recipes – just kidding, more comfort food for the cold winter months is coming your way!). In the meantime, check out my other Christmas recipes:
- Christmas Spice
- Cocoa Nut Butter with Christmas Spice
- Spiced Christmas Cookies
- Skinny Gingerbread Latte
- Vanilla Crescents aka Vanillekipferl
- Mulled Wine aka Glühwein
- Cinnamon Stars aka Zimtsterne
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Spiced Christmas Pecans
- 2 cups pecans
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp butter melted*
- 2 tsp Christmas Spice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and Christmas Spice. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, until tiny bubbles appear.
- Add the pecans and stir to coat them. Stirring often, cook for another 3-5 minutes until most of the syrup is absorbed.
- Transfer the pecans to the prepared baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. They should be evenly spread out without touching each other.
- Bake for about 8 minutes OR until the pecans are caramelized and golden. Depending on your oven, the baking time might vary between 6 and 10 minutes. Watch them closely as they burn easily.
- Remove from oven and slide the parchment paper off the hot baking sheet.
- Allow the Spiced Christmas Pecans to cool completely (approx. 30 minutes).
- Store in an airtight container.
*Depending on your preference, you can use either salted or unsalted butter.