Spiced Pecans

by Renee on December 13, 2012

Spiced Pecans | Magnolia Days

I am just nuts about this post today. I have been waiting more than a year to share this recipe. Last holiday season I shared a few other goodies like carrot cake, fruitcake, and tiger butter. I skipped posting about spiced pecans and had to wait all this time for the holidays to come around again. It’s a good thing the year flew by quickly.

You can’t eat just one spiced pecan. Nope. I’ve tried. Well, I suppose I didn’t try that hard. They are so good you won’t want to stop after eating one. The recipe is one my mom had and it was a typed out on a little piece of paper. I have no clue from where it originally came. All I know is that it is a treasured recipe and Christmas would not be the same without these pecans.

Wrap up some for homemade gifts. They ship really well. You don’t have to worry about them breaking apart like cookies. Carry a few small gift bags filled with them to give out anytime (or as a snack in case you need shopping energy). Just keep an eye on the candy dish because it will have to get refilled often. These disappear in no time at all.

What is the one treat you have to make every Christmas? Is it candy or cookies or cake? I’m sure it has plenty memories attached to it. How wonderful to think back and smile on all the good times enjoying a traditional treat.

Spiced Pecans

Spiced Pecans

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound pecan halves

Lay 3 strips of wax paper (about 2 feet long) on a counter or work surface.

Combine sugar, cinnamon, cream of tartar, and water in a 2 1/2 to 3 quart pot (do not use non-stick). Bring to a boil and cook to a semi-hard ball stage when tested in cold water. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and pecans. Stir to coat all the pecans with the syrup. When syrup begins to sugar transfer the pecans to waxed paper. Separate the pecans and allow to dry. Store in an airtight container.

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Family Foodie December 13, 2012 at 3:50 am

These look so good! I can’t wait to make these this year!


Renee December 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Thanks Isabel!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen December 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

As much as I think about other goodies, nothing beats spiced pecans as a snack. They look so good, and isn´t it a shame they are bad for a healthy diet?


Renee December 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Everything is okay in moderation. A whole batch of these would not be the best for a healthy diet but a few would be okay.


Carla December 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

I love spiced nuts! When you walk around at the different festivals during the summer, they always hand out spiced almonds. I do prefer pecans though!


Anita at Hungry Couple December 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

The only thing that would keep me from devouring these with unlady-like speed is that Brian would get to them first and wouldn’t leave me any! :)


amy @ fearless homemaker December 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

I loooove spiced pecans – one of my favorite holiday treats. And yours look + sound just wonderful!


Renee December 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Thanks Amy!


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