Pumpkin spice pecans are an easy spiced pecans recipe to bundle and give as homemade gifts but also make a delicious garnish for Thanksgiving desserts, cheesecakes, and other fall treats.
Pumpkin spice is a season, right?
When the world rejoices that the beloved pumpkin spice lattes have returned and the grocery store is overflowing with all things pumpkin, it is time to whip out the recipe for these easy pumpkin spice pecans!
These spiced pecans are super easy to make, last a long time, and are perfect for filling candy dishes during a party or for packaging up as hostess gifts for the holidays.
Make a batch to chop up and sprinkle over Thanksgiving desserts and other fall treats all season long.
Why This is the Best Recipe
I love an easy homemade snack mix for adding to candy bowls at the holidays. I think this is the best pumpkin spice pecans recipe because:
- Sweet and Spicy: The pumpkin spice flavor has just a bit of a kick with the dried ginger. It's not a hot spice, but definitely filled with flavor.
- Yummy Snack: You can eat the pumpkin spice pecans all by themselves as a delicious snack. I love them with fresh crisp apple slices.
- Dessert Topping: Use them whole to garnish a Thanksgiving pie or cheesecake or chop them up to add a bit of crunch to any fall dessert.
This easy recipe only requires a few key ingredients:
- Pecans: I use whole pecan halves, you can buy them cheaper in bulk at a place like Costco
- Canola Oil
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: there's no pumpkin flavoring in pumpkin pie spice. You are only adding a pre-mixed blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
- Ground Ginger: Yes, this is in the pumpkin pie spice but by adding more you boost the ginger flavor.
- Cinnamon: Same as the ginger, yes this is in the pumpkin pie spice but you are boosting the cinnamon flavor.
Prepare the Pecans
Set out a large baking sheet.
Combine the sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and ginger in a small bowl.
You will be tossing the pecans in the sauce directly in the pot where you prepare the sauce. Choose one large enough to have room to stir the pecans.
In the pot, bring the water, honey, and oil to a boil.
Add the pecans and cook while stirring until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Transfer the pecans to the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
Sprinkle the pecans with cinnamon.
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Bake the pecans for 15 - 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.
Stir the pecans every 5 minutes or so to ensure they don't burn.
Let the pumpkin spice pecans cool completely before you package them up.
Store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
You can freeze the spiced pecans in an airtight container or bag for up to 3 months.
How to Use Pumpkin Spice Pecans
There are so many ways to enjoy pumpkin spice pecans:
Snack Bowl Filler: Add pretty bowls of the spiced pecans to your holiday buffet table or cocktail party drink station.
Healthy Fall Snack: Enjoy a few pumpkin spice pecans with fresh slices of crisp juicy apples.
Fall Salad Topper: Add a few chopped spiced pecans to my apple pear salad.
Cereal Treat Mix-In: Make a batch of my Pumpkin Spice Cheerios treats and then add a few chopped pecans to the mix.
Sweet Potato Garnish: Use these pecans in place of plain pecans in my sweet potato casserole topping, to add crunch to my mashed sweet potatoes with pineapple, or to top a slowcooker sweet potato with butter, brown sugar, and chopped pecans.
Fall Ice Cream Sundaes: Drizzle salted caramel sauce over vanilla ice cream and add chopped pumpkin spice pecans for a fall sundae.
Homemade Gift: Add one of the easiest ways to use them of all, simply package them in a pretty jar with a bow for a sweet homemade gift at the holidays.
Pumpkin Spice Pecans
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoon canola oil
- 5 cups pecan halves
- heavy sprinkle of cinnamon sugar or just cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, pie spice, salt and ginger; set aside.
- In a large pot, bring the water, honey, and oil to a boil which will happen pretty quickly. Add the pecans and cook while stirring until all liquid is absorbed--about 1-3 minutes.
- Immediately sprinkle the reserved sugar mixture and toss to coat.
- Transfer the pecans to an ungreased baking sheet and spread into a single layer. Sprinkle with the cinnamon to taste. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned, stirring twice.
- Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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