Scrumptious pumpkin spiced nuts. These babies are addictive, crunchy, sweet spiced nuts, perfect for the season: Pumpkin Spice Sugared Pecans. Easy to make, they mix together in five minutes and bake for an hour and a half.
As fall settles in, I so look forward to the yummy kitchen aromas that accompany fall baking. Apples, pumpkin and spices are what I’m craving these days.
Haven’t made the first apple or pumpkin pie around here yet, but it won’t be long. I’m hosting Thanksgiving for my extended family this year, so today I’m thinking about Thanksgiving Day nibbles and edible Christmas gifts.
I love filling baskets with homemade goodies at Christmas time. Do you make gift baskets for friends and family? I often fill them with fruit, jams, jellies, maple syrup, cookies or spiced nuts. Making edible gifts can really cut down on gift giving costs, and they make a beautiful presentation and bring lots of joy to the receiver. Here are some other ideas for homemade edible gifts.
This year I’m adding Pumpkin Spice Sugared Pecans to our holiday snacking and homemade Christmas baskets. An excellent thing about gifting candied nuts is they have a great shelf life and can be made ahead of time. (One way to cut down on the holiday rat race.)
If you love sugared pecans and pumpkin pie, you’ll love these candied nuts. A little bowlful of Pumpkin Spice Sugared Pecans are tempting on the hors d’oeuvre or cheese tray and make a beautiful presentation with fresh fruit.
These spiced nuts are a crunchy topper for ice-cream or cheesecake. Gourmet sprinkled on salads. Seriously, I have to hide ’em around here. They disappear that fast!
These are so easy to make. Just dump the nuts in a big mixing bowl. Stir with egg whites until the nuts are fully coated, then stir in the sugar and spices. Bake for an hour and a half. Cool completely and enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Sugared Pecans
- 2 pounds shelled pecan halves
- 2 egg whites
- 2 teaspoons cold water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Place pecans in a large mixing bowl.
- Separately, froth egg whites and cold water together.
- Pour over pecans and mix thoroughly.
- Stir in remaining ingredients: sugar, salt and spices
- Transfer to a large baking or roasting pan.
- Bake at 225 degrees, uncovered for one and a half hours.
- Stir every thirty minutes.
- Cool, then store in an airtight container.
Another great edible gift: DIY Clementine Wreath
lindsay Cotter says
OMG i might have to make these as gifts! such a great idea and recipe YUM!
Mmm, I bet these are great warm out of the oven… and make the kitchen smell wonderful!
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says
Allie – For the past few years, my boyfriend, sister, her boyfriend, and I have been compiling baskets for our families with homemade jams, trail mixes, and baked goods. It’s fun to watch all of the treats come together. Last year, the biggest hit were the homemade pickles. I’m going to NEED to try this sugared pecans. My mom makes some during the holiday season that are similar, and usually I have to force myself to walk away or I will eat them all. 🙂
Ramona W says
I have been looking for a recipe to candy pecans…. this looks perfect. 🙂 I had some candied pecans on a salad at a wedding and have not been able to get them out of my mind…. you just saved me some research. 🙂 Thanks for a beautiful recipe. Yummed and Stumbled your post. 🙂
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
This is such a fun Fall treat!
Dear Allie, These pecans are perfect fall snack treat. I just made my own batch a few weeks ago…I couldn’t keep from picking at them. I love the idea of adding a pinch of pumpkin spice. Perfect dear! xo, Catherine
These looks scrumptious! Sugared pecans with a twist! I can’t wait to try them. You come up with the best recipes. They would make great gifts. Hmmm…..
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
Wow. so good and so easy–I know so many people who would love these as gifts!
Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek says
I love making spiced/sugared nuts. It is such an easy thing to take to a get together and most other people don’t think of it.
Nancy Hammett says
I will fix these & add to Christmas gift basket. Thanks for this recipe.
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Hey Allie, you know what I like more than GIVING homemade treats and eats for Christmas? I know you are waiting with bated breath – but I like GETTING them homemade treats more! 🙂 I totally negate the whole reason for the season with my thinking eh?
Seriously am just joshing – Seriously, these pumpkin spiced sugared pecans are perfect for gift giving and snacking -I will have to work on the whole “giving” thing a bit harder, but I have the “snacking” down pat!
Happy Monday sweet friend!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
I definitely make edible gifts during the holidays, Allie. I find that people actually appreciate them more. AND if I can avoid the mall (which is now an hour and 15 minutes away) all the better! Spiced pecans are always delicious, but sugared AND pumpkin spiced pecans? GAHHH! Gimme! These look dangerously delicious, girlfriend! Such a perfect gift.. you know, if I don’t eat them all first!! 🙂 Pinned! Cheers, my dear! To a day as fabulous as you and these pecans! XO
Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat says
Hi Allie! I recently bought a “heat and serve” bag of these at the grocery store but yours look so much better! We will have to try them! 🙂
Manila Spoon says
I love candied pecans! You can add it to anything and it will simply turn delicious so I can imagine so many uses for this and great as a gift, too!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
I love pecans…and I love the idea of spiced, sugar pecans! These look amazing!
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
This is such a unique twist on sugared nuts- Festive, delicious and I reckon perfect for stuffing stocking…for myself.
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life says
These look so delicious and they’d be an awesome gift! I think I might have a problem with eating them while I was making them though…
Melissa Falk says
Since I eat nuts everyday in their raw form (and love them), I am totally justified in making them into candy for the holidays 🙂
It looks so good Allie! I’ll try to make this with my children! XO
Gosh – I want some of these right now! Haha. Sugary pecans from the bowl. Yum!! These look fabulous!
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
What an incredible looking Fall treat my dear friend. I bet my daughter would love to munch on these. and they look super gorgeous for a festive gift! Can’t wait to try these!
How long can these be stored (maybe in a vacuum food saver bag)? I want to mail them to deployed family member but mail takes 10-18 days usually. Anyone, had them stay fresh that long?
Oh yes Samantha – I make these every year at the beginning of December and store them in an airtight container and use them for Christmas baskets and Christmas stockings all the way through Christmas. You should be fine with that time frame. 🙂
Oh wow! These look so yummy!!!
These look awesome… I look forward to making them! I usually bring a cookie plate with 3 or 4 different kind of cookies for our relatives close-by and friends. Last year I included cashew brittle…. maybe these sugared nuts this year? Thanks so much for the recipe. I hope you and your family are adjusting well in your new home and neighborhood, and ENJOY the holidays!
OOops, Nope, I made used your ‘Sugared Pecans’ last Christmas for gifts… My husband and I loved them! Thanks, again!
Luci's Morsels says
Candied nuts are such a classic holiday snack, made all the more perfect through the addition of pumpkin spice! These look fantastic!
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Louise Achor says
Homemade presents are always such a good idea, I try to include some every year. The sugared pecans sound delicious!
Shashi at Savory Spin says
So..I have a confession… while these make insanely wonderful gifts this holiday season – these are just as wonderful to make year round and snack on! Yasss!!!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and -in case I don’t get to tell you in the next 2 weeks – hope you and your fam have a very happy Thanksgiving!
Une délicieuse recette qui sent bon l’automne, une super idée à préparer pour les fêtes de Noël, bisous Allie,belle semaine!