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Spiced Pecan Hostess Gift

  • Yield: Makes about 4 cups
Spiced Pecan Hostess Gift

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • 4 cups unsalted pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine pecans, maple syrup, 3 teaspoons salt, pepper flakes, chili powder, cayenne, and chili paste. Toss to coat.

  2. Spread nuts in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, toss with remaining teaspoon salt and let cool. Serve immediately or store, at room temperature, in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Reviews (14)

  • LovetheUK 28 Dec, 2010

    These are fabulous and very easy. I substitute Hunts 'chili sauce' (think meat loaf sandwiches) for the 'chili paste'. I mix up all the spices, then drop in the nuts to coat. They have just the right combination of spicy and sweet. What we refer to as 'more-ish' - once you have one you have to have more!

  • hjnytoni 24 Dec, 2010

    I make them without the red pepper flakes and chili paste for my mild loving famiy, and they are still plenty hot. They still disappear though, as do the gift batches I make the same way.

  • lkristenjones 11 Dec, 2010

    nevermind! It's right above! Duh!

  • lkristenjones 11 Dec, 2010

    the link doesn't work. can you provide a working link? thanks.

  • Naomi_Kim 9 Dec, 2010

    Here's the gift tag template: Happy handmade holidays!

  • lnmclark 8 Dec, 2010

    Would love to print out the template but no where to be found. Will it be added soon? Making gifts and need right away.

  • momx4 4 Dec, 2010

    I would like to download the template too! Where is it? I thought I had saved it in my collections but it is not there. Please help.

  • Harrington5 14 Nov, 2010

    How do I download the template?

  • coachgrazina 26 Aug, 2010

    I don't use maple syrop, can I use honey instead?

  • becmitch 23 Dec, 2009

    How do I download the recipe template? I cannot seem to figure it out. Please help in ID.

  • nipomo 17 Nov, 2009

    I am interested in the template for the recipe, as well as the template for the coleus plant today on the show (11-17-09)

  • momx4 15 Dec, 2008

    Where is the template? I can't find th template for this recipe or the other one that was shown on Fiday.

  • jlaubond 14 Dec, 2008

    These pecans are incredibly good. The best spicy-sweet nut recipe I've found so far. I make them every single holiday and people love them. I do usually add about 3T maple syrup and about half the cayenne since my family isn't very good with heat! Truly fantastic and easy recipe, much easier than all the ones that mess with egg whites. This is just stir, dump, and toast!

  • terivanhecke 14 Sep, 2008

    I've always made the cinnamon

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