Glazed Spiced Pecans

A bowl of glazed spiced pecans.

If you love glazed or spiced nuts to snack on or for topping your salads, you’ll love this quick and easy recipe for glazed spiced pecans. They’re crunchy, sweet with a subtle heat that will keep you coming back for more. Try this easy glazed pecan recipe and see for yourself.

glazed spiced pecans | Garlic + Zest

I recently took my grandfather grocery shopping and while we were perusing the aisles and loading up on eggs and his favorite strawberry jam, I came across a bag of glazed pecans. They looked and sounded really good.  I must have been hungry, because they wound up in the basket.

glazed spiced pecans | Garlic + Zest

On my trip home from his house, I ate the whole bag.  Let’s ignore my obvious gluttonous tendencies for a moment and consider those glazed pecans.

glazed spiced pecans | Garlic + Zest

I don’t know if it was the crunchiness of the nuts, the sweet glaze that was tacky, but not sticky, or the hint of spice that hit my tongue a few seconds after I swallowed.  Maybe it was the combination.  I couldn’t get them out of my head.

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glazed spiced pecans | Garlic + Zest

Obviously, I had to make them — and I was stunned to realize how deceptively simple they were to recreate at home.  You would think “glaze” would require a candy thermometer at the least.  Nope.  This recipe took about 10 minutes.   It required longer to cool than to cook.  This one’s definitely a keeper!

glazed spiced pecans | Garlic + Zest

Faintly sweet, these pecans add a yummy crunch to my Chinese chicken salad or any salad and are delicious sprinkled over ice cream or desserts, or simply addictive with a cocktail.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

A dish of glazed spiced pecans.

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3.34 from 3 votes

Glazed Spiced Pecans

Great for topping salads or snacking out of hand, these lightly sweetened spiced nuts are addictive!
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword candied pecans, pecans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 cups pecans
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Lay a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  • Add all ingredients into a heavy, medium-sized saucepan. Heat over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Mixture will foam initially, then subside and begin to toast. The entire cooking cycle should take between 4-6 minutes. Pecans and glaze should be very fragrant, but not to the point of burning.
  • Transfer the glazed nuts to the baking sheet and spread evenly into a single layer. Let cool completely. Nuts can be stored in a airtight container for several days.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Is there anything better than glazed nuts? They are so delicious and tasty and if you don’t devour them all in one sitting, they are perfect over salad and roasted root veggie purees! I love these! They look so addicting!!!