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Sugar ‘n’ Spice Pecans

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My lovely friend Cory makes these sugar ‘n’ spice pecans to give at Christmas time. It was Cory who shared her delicious Mexican Coleslaw recipe on my website. Well, her sugar ‘n’ spice pecans are also worthy of a post. They have a touch of cayenne pepper in the sugar coating. Not enough to make them hot, but just enough to keep the pecans from being overly sweet.  I want to thank Cory for graciously allowing me post her recipe on my site.twinkle lightsH

Cory's tree_edited-1

Before I get started with the pecan recipe, I want to show off Cory’s Christmas tree.  See all those unusual looking ornaments. twinkle lightsH

cyote ornament

They are silhouettes, mostly animals, cut out of thin slices of elk horn. Cory and her husband, David, had a shop for many years in West Yellowstone where they sold quality, handcrafted items made by themselves and local artists.  twinkle lightsH

fish ornament

Cory made and sold these ornaments. They are truly extraordinary!twinkle lightsH

ski ornament

Cory explained to me how she spent hours, painstakingly cutting out the silhouette designs using a jeweler’s coping saw. Look at the fine lines of the ski poles. Unbelievable!

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Pecans ingredients

Here’s how Cory makes her sugar ‘n’ spice pecans:


Mixed sugar and spices

In one bowl she mixes the sugar and spices.


Whisk egg white

In another bowl she whisks the egg white and water until frothy.


Pecans in egg whites

She mixes the pecan halves with the egg whites.


pecans in sugar

Then adds them to the sugar-spice mixture, stirring to coat the pecans.


15 minute pecans

She spreads the pecans out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bakes them at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Cory says that at this point she takes the pan out of the oven and turns the nuts over. From the top side the will look done . . .


turned pecans

but as they get turned over you will see that the bottom of the nuts are still very gooey, and sticky. Cory explains that is why she uses the parchment paper. Without the parchment paper, the pecans would be stuck to the pan.


finished pecans

After another 15 minutes in the oven, the nuts come out as sugar-crusted bites of heaven.

twinkle lightsHbagged pecans

Cory and I believe that we should warn readers that these pecans are deliciously addictive. Cory makes two batches because so many of them mysteriously disappear before they get bagged and sent off as presents.

Happy Holidays!twinkle lightsH

Sugar ‘n’ Spice Pecans

Sweet and spicy pecans.


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cups white sugar (recommend ultrafine Baker's Sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg white (mixed with 1 TBS. water)
  • 16oz Pecan halves


Step 1. Mix together the brown sugar, white sugar, Kosher salt, cayenne pepper and cinnamon.
Step 2. In a separate bowl mix the egg white with one tablespoon of water. Whisk until frothy.
Step 3. Mix the pecan halves into the egg whites. Then add the pecans to the sugar-spice mixture. Mix to evenly coat the pecans.
Step 4. Spread the pecans out onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Step 5. Bake 15 minutes in a preheated 300 degree oven. Remove from oven and mix turning the nuts over. Bake an additional 15 minutes.

Special Notes:

Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper so that the nuts do not stick to the pan.

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