Roasted to perfection in maple syrup and spices, these candied pecans and almonds make the ultimate holiday snack or gift!
If I were to marry an appetizer…it would be these candied pecans and almonds.
Yeah, just had to get that statement said and out of the way. Moving along here…
So hey friends! I’ve decided that today that is Monday shall be hereby known as The Day of the Snacks. Put on your snack pants because it’s going dooooooown today.
Actually it’s going down all the rest of this week too. COMPLETELY coincidentally nearly all my posts I planned for this week are snacky holiday food. And I mean, absolutely coinky-dink.
Soooo. Yeah, just leave those snack pants on. This week may be rough on your waistline.
First on the diet-demolisher to-do list…NUTS!! Candied almonds and pecans gettin’ all cozy and toasty with maple syrup and winter-y spices. Making your house smell like a candy factory…
Not to mention making snacktime the most anticipated activity of the day. Also the most frequent.
Let’s talk about candying nuts. It’s SO not as hard as most people think and I’m convinced that this recipe is absolutely the easiest. For one thing, there’s no fooling around with sugar necessary here—there’s none needed! These nuts are sweetened completely by maple syrup which also contribute fantastic flavor.
Along with syrup, we have tons of spices keeping things interesting in the flavor department and then just a pinch of salt and a little melted butter to make the nuts super-toasty and crunchy.
As far as nuts, you can totally use whatever kind you desire here. My family personally loves the pecans and almonds combo best and I kinda agree, because I’m seriously partial to pecans. They’re the bomb and totally festive for this time of year.
All you need to do then is toss your nuts with everything else, pop ’em in the oven and let the magic happen. You will have to stir halfway through baking, just so the nuts don’t stick and bake together.
During this time your kitchen will begin to smell so good you will probably pass out.
And yeah, it goes without saying that you will probably demolish the entire pan immediately afterwards. Multiple x 1000 handfuls here you come. 😉
Oh mah goooosh. I may never eat anything else again…
These nuts are just too good.
Way too good.
Maple Spice Candied Pecans and Almonds
- 4 cups pecan halves
- 2 cups whole almonds
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss all ingredients together until nuts are coated. Spread nuts on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake nuts at 325F 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through, or until nuts are very fragrant and toasty. Allow nuts to cool on a wire cooling rack 30 minutes. (they will firm up and candi-fy as they cool) Once cooled, break nuts into chunks and enjoy!
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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I think I would marry these too if I could! 🙂 I love the maple and pumpkin pie spice combo Sarah! I bet these pecans smelled so good when these were baking. I would have a hard time not devouring the entire batch!
Thanks Gayle! The smell of them roasting was absolutely ridiculous! 😉
Bring on those snacks, Sarah — my snack pants are ON. 🙂 These maple spiced nuts are the perfect place to start — they look amazing and I can tell I wouldn’t be able to stop eating these!
Aw thanks, lady!! These are SO up your alley for sure!
Nora | Savory Nothings says
Girrrrl, how do you always know exactly what I love to eat? We need to get together so I can eat all your foods 😉 These nuts are so perfect, maple syrup AND pumpkin spice? I’m so in!
Haha! How awesome would THAT kind of food-fest be?? We totally need to do it. 😀
Rachel @ Bakerita says
Mmm I definitely have a weakness for pecans so I very much appreciate your abundant use of them here! Snacks like these are the reason why I love the holidays so much. Pinned 🙂
Yes! Snacks are just necessary around the holidays for sure! 😉 Thanks for the pin, girl!
These nuts look perfectly coated in flavor! Pecans are my favorite 🙂
My favorite nut too! Thanks Christin. 🙂
Making candied nuts is definitely easy to do, I’m obsessed! I love this maple version too, such a great idea! I’ll definitely give that a try next time I make a batch. These look perfect, Sarah!
Oh gosh, candying nut is SO easy! Like scarily-easy and I want to do it all the time. 😉
Manali @ CookWithManali says
I cannot resist candied nuts, difficult to stop snacking on them! Maple sounds wonderful here! Pinned!
Thanks for the pin, Manali! You’re so sweet! 🙂
Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
This looks dangerous!! I could easily eat the entire try to myself- Love these flavors 🙂
Thanks Jen! It’s so hard not to eat all of them by yourself!
These look perfect, Sarah! I can never resist candied nuts and I love the maple and pumpkin pie spice! I could snack on these all day long!
Candying nuts is seriously SO much fun, isn’t it??