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Sugar & Spice Pecans

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Sugar and Spice Pecans… yep… that’s what I’m talking about! You just can’t stop eating these yummy little gems! 

I love pecans and have been eating them all my life. I could eat pecans with just about everything… okay maybe not everything, but I do eat them with a lot of different foods. However, their delicious taste isn’t the only thing that pecans have going for them: they are extremely healthy! 

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  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Lower your LDL cholesterol
  • Prevents plaque formation in your arteries 
  • Buffer your brain health
  • Contains Vitamin E
  • Delay progression of degenerative neurological diseases (Lou Gehrig’s for example) 

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So now that you know all about the mighty pecan, let me share a truly wonderful recipe that my mother has been making ever since I can remember. 

The pecans I used in this recipe are from pecan trees from my parents’ farm. They are as organic as you can possibly get. 

Our family uses these delicious pecans in cookie recipes, pecan pie recipes, in our morning oatmeal, for caramel pecan clusters, in cinnamon rolls, as an ice cream topping, or they are absolutely wonderful eaten raw.  


  • 1 tbsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 cups pecans, whole
  • 1/3 cup water

This recipe is simple to make. We usually make a big batch and then we have a supply on hand for whenever we have a party or company over. NOTE: If you run out of pecans just throw a few walnuts in. 


Start by combing the sugar, water, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Pour the mixture over pecans and stir until evenly coated. Place pecans on a jelly roll pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes. 

Allow the pecans to cool, then break them into small pieces and store in an airtight container. You may modify the recipe by adding more spices to the recipe, such as nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, chai, extra cinnamon, etc…  
Sugar & Spice Pecans
Yield: 5 Cups

Sugar & Spice Pecans

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A delicious, naturally gluten-free, and easy-to-make snack.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cloves, ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups pecans, whole


  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; bring to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
  2. Pour evenly over pecans, stir until coated.
  3. Spread onto a jelly roll pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Cool and break into pieces.
  4. Store in an air-tight container.


Optional: Add more spices to the recipe, such as nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, chi, extra cinnamon, etc...

You can also use a combination of pecans, walnuts, almonds, and cashews.


I’m so excited for you to try Sugar & Spice Pecans! 



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  • Sarah @ SarahTitus.com December 3, 2014, 10:37 am
    Mmm. Those look so delicious. The perfect balance of sweet and salty. My Profile
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy December 3, 2014, 2:07 pm
      Thanks Sarah! We love this recipe! Linda

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