The incredible aroma of these Roasted Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pecans is going to rock your world. You only need 8 ingredients and around an hour to make them! These are perfect for taking on a trip to the pumpkin patch or to eat while watching movies.
Decorative Jars with Spiced Pecans are an easy way to store or gift these delicious treats
Have you ever been on vacation and been in one of the tourist areas where they have street vendors cooking right out in the open? That smell just lures you in. That is how spiced pecans are for me!
It’s next to impossible not to give in to the temptation of these incredibly delicious pecans. They are perfect for the holidays or to give as gifts too.
Why This Recipe Works
Way cheaper – You can head into your local mall and spend LOADS of money or make them yourself and save. I choose saving money!
They are freezer friendly – Yep, you read that right! You can prepare and save these beauties in the freezer for up to 1 month. Keep them airtight, so they don’t get freezer burnt and grab a handful whenever you want some.
It’s majorly easy – After you prepare the spiced pecans, all you need to do is bake them low and slow. You’ll need to stir them, but that’s super quick and easy.
The recipe makes a ton – Every time you make this recipe, you will have enough to get 8 servings. This is a game-changer if you are giving them as gifts.
I think you will be shocked when you see how few ingredients you actually need. Here are a few of the main ones:
Pumpkin Pie Spice – You will use a combination of cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves, and nutmeg to make homemade yummy pumpkin pie spice.
Pecans – Of course, the heart of the recipe is the pecans. You will need around 3 cups per batch, and that feeds a lot of hungry people.
Egg White – The purpose of the egg white is to make the spices, sugar, and vanilla stick to the pecans. It’s very important, so don’t try to leave it out.
I am all about recipes that make it look like I have worked harder than I really did. Every one raves over these candied nuts, and they are so easy to make and delicious to snack on!
Step One: Create the pumpkin spice mixture by combining the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg together.
Step Two: Add the sugar and 2 teaspoons of the pumpkin spice together and set aside.
Step Three: Whip together the egg white, and vanilla until it becomes foamy.
Step Four: Mix the pecans in the egg mixture.
Step Five: After the pecans have been added to the egg mixture, dip them into the sugar mixture.
Step Six: Place the coated pecans on a baking sheet that has been lightly greased or has a piece of parchment paper.
Step Seven: Bake the spiced pecans for 1 hour at 250 degrees. Be sure to stir every 15 minutes. Turn the pan if needed each time you stir the nuts.
🥄 Meal Prep
Because these spiced pecans are so simple to make, you can make an extra-large batch and save them.
This is what I like to do when I am gifting them or during the holidays when we like having them around to munch on.
Store them in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for a week. Or you can freeze them for a month. If you do this, you can make these Thanksgiving weekend for gifts to give mid December for teachers and neighbors. This is a huge time saver and stress reliever.
📌 Expert Tips
Before you get busy whipping out your first batch, check out these helpful tips first.
- It’s super important to get the egg foamy. If you don’t, you will end up with white egg strings on the pecans. And that is not very appetizing!
- To save your sanity and give you evenly cooked pecans, you need to turn the pan each time you stir them.
- Use a metal spatula to turn the spiced pecans. That way, you can scrape them off of the pan if they happened to stick.
- Set a timer so you can remember to turn the pecans every 15 minutes. Pecans are way too expensive to waste, so you don’t want to burn them.
- When you are ready to remove the nuts from the cookie sheet, use a scoop. You can use it to break up and pecans that are stuck together.
Use a Sheet Pan to Toast the Pecans.
- Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Pecans are equally delicious! They are made the same way except you use 2 tsp cinnamon, ¾ cup sugar, ½ tsp salt in place of the Pumpkin Pie Spice. The Cinnamon Sugar will be a thicker coating on the pecans than the Pumpkin Pie Spiced ones. These are a treat and also an amazing topping on a strawberry spinach salad. You only need a few to really add a punch to an already fantastic salad. These also make oats so yummy! Just that little bit of sugar is all the sweet that you need to make plain-old oats so tasty.
- Simple Roasted Pecans are just that! Simple and delish! Using the same method, toss the pecans with 3 tbsp of butter and ½ tsp salt. Spread on a baking sheet and cook the same as above. This is a great snack in lieu of candy or crackers.
- Savory Roasted Pecans are reminiscent of the famous Chex Mix snack to me. Combine 3 tbsp of butter, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsp chili powder, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp sea salt, and ⅛-¼ tsp of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. Then toss the pecans and roast as above. We think this is pretty close to the Chex Mix flavoring without having the non-filling carbs that come with boxed cereal. Love you, Chex! I really do! But this is an alternative to the sweet Chex Mix I really love!!
- Rosemary Roasted Pecans are packed with earthy flavors that you will keep nibbling on! Take the same 3 cups of pecans and mix it with 3 tbsp of melted butter, 3 tbsp of finely chopped rosemary, ½ tsp sea salt, and 1 tsp cumin. Add red pepper or cayenne for a kick, but we usually are happy without it. Toss the pecans together with the melted butter and spices and cook as above.
Allow the pecans to sit long enough that they have cooled. Then put them in a glass or plastic storage container. Never let them sit out, especially in humid environments, or they will dry out.
The higher temperature you bake these pecans at, the higher the chances of burning them. Trust me…no one wants to eat burnt pecans. Cooking low and slow is the way to go so you can control the process more.
Absolutely! Try out the recipe on almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, or even hazelnuts. Follow the recipe, but swap out the nuts.
Use a scoop to help break free any pecans that stuck to the cookie sheet
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Roasted Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pecans Recipe
- 3 cups Pecans
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Egg White
- ⅓ cup Sugar
Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 2 tsp Ginger
- 1 tsp Ground Cloves
- ½ tsp Nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Add the cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and nutmeg together in a bowl. Mix using a fork.
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pecans
- Combine sugar and two teaspoons of the Pumpkin Pie Spice together. Set aside.
- Combine egg white and vanilla and whip/whisk until foamy. It should appear light and frothy. This is critical to avoid the white egg-strings from forming when you roast them.
- Combine pecans and egg white mixture and work to coat all of the nuts.
- Toss the pecans into the sugar and spice mixture.
- Place pecans on a lightly greased sheet pan or sheet pan covered with parchment paper.
- Cook at 250 for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes to prevent burning. You may need to turn the actual pan in the oven as well to avoid hot spots.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before storing.