Candied Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pecans

Mm, these candied pumpkin pie spiced pecans make a wonderful holiday snack and are perfect for gift giving. You’ll also find a handy bonus recipe for pumpkin pie spice mix. It’s convenient to have on hand for pie, coffee drinks and other recipes that call for this spice mixture.

You can substitute other nuts such as almonds or even peanuts. Pecans are my favorite. What are your favorite nuts?


pecans (Photo credit: meghanmconrad)


1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (see recipe below)
1 teaspoon Watkins vanilla extract
2 cups pecan halves

Directions: Place the cubed butter into a large heavy skillet and heat until the butter is just melted. Add the sugar to the butter and cook the mixture over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat under the skillet and cook the sugar and butter mixture until it turns amber. This will take about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally.

Add the pumpkin pie spice and vanilla to the sugar mixture. Stir and then add the pecans. Stir the pecans for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until the pecans are thoroughly coated. Spread the pecans out onto a sheet of aluminum foil to cool. Break the pecans up if they are clumped together and store in an airtight container. This will make 2 cups of pecans.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
Here’s how you can easily make you own pumpkin pie spice mix:

3 teaspoons Watkins Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Watkins Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Cloves, ground
3/4 teaspoon Watkins Ginger

Directions: Mix spices together thoroughly and use in any recipe that calls for pumpkin pie spice. Store in a tightly closed jar or spice tin.

I recommend Watkins vanilla and spices for quality and flavor, you can find them here.

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