Maple Spiced Pecans - Erin's Inside Job

Maple Spiced Pecans

This post was originally published in November 2013, but I’ve updated the pictures and included my partnership with NOW Foods. I make these every year for gifts and for shoving in my face and they’re a hit every time!!

Today is COLD.  I hate cold. When it is cold outside, however, I go into hibernation/baking mode.  I love the contrast between the temperature outside and the warm smells inside.  My weapon of choice against the cold today was maple spiced pecans.  I have been obsessing about pecans lately ever since having that delicious salad at Panera.  I forgot how much I like them, but I do not like how the flavored varieties in the store are either coated in sugar or I have no idea what is in them.

These took me about 20 minutes from start to finish and the only sugar in them is from the maple syrup.  Also, they are BANGIN.  So good and so easy that you MUST make them as soon as you can.

A quick and easy holiday recipe, these maple spiced pecans are great as gifts or a snack you keep all to yourself. They only take about 20 min from start to finish!

NOW Foods Pecans

Maple Spiced Pecans

  • 4 cups pecans
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp red chili powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp water
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread pecans over sheet. Bake for about 10 min.
  2. Cook maple syrup and spices over med low heat until warm and slightly bubbly (few min).
  3. Add warm pecans to saucepan along with 1 Tbsp water and fold into mixture.  Continue stirring/folding (while stove is still on) until the liquid begins to caramelize and is completely absorbed by the pecans.
  4. Using the same baking sheet covered in parchment paper, spread the caramelized pecans out and let cool. They will be ready to devour in approx 15 min.

Everyone have a great end to their weekend (these will help)!

Maple Spiced Pecans


Question of the day: What is your favorite way to combat the cold?

16 comments on “Maple Spiced Pecans

  1. Oh, and thanks to your recommendation, I bought a Kabocha squash at the market today for the first time. Can't wait to make it!! But I realize I got a red one, and your recipe/pictures are for the green skin one. I hope it's still good!

    1. I left off the “tsp” part. Whoops! Also I used red chili powder so I changed it bc I know thy also sell a cayenne pepper powder that sometimes is a mix of spices so I didn’t want there to be any confusion!

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