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Cayenne Pepper Pecans


  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Prep Time:

5 minutes

Cook Time:

10 minutes



With a balance of salty, sweet and a kick of cayenne, it’s all you crave in a snack wrapped up in a handful of pecans.

Why Try? Many spiced nut recipes have you combine sugary ingredients and then bake, resulting in a sticky mess, but here you can simply toss the components together and have on hand for a snack or a party.

Foodie Byte: Cayenne pepper is used here because it imparts a spicy intensity to the pecans that balances out the sweetness.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. On an ungreased cookie sheet, spread out pecan halves and bake for 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together the rest of ingredients thoroughly.
  4. When pecans are toasted, toss with spice mixture. Serve or store in an airtight container for later use.

Nutritional Information

Calories 425, Carbohydrates 10g, Cholesterol 8mg, Fat 44g, Fat Calories 393, Fiber 6g, Protein 5g, Saturated Fat 5g, Sodium 721mg. Daily Values: Calcium 42.31mg 4%, Phos 158.64mg 16%, Copper 0.68mg 34%, Zinc 2.58mg 17%, Panto 0.5mg 5%, Magnesium 69.17mg 17%, Iron 1.46mg 8%, Vitamin B6 7%, Vitamin C 1%, Vitamin B12 0%, Vitamin D 1%, Vit E-a-Toco 3%, Vitamin A 4%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.