Take a bite out of fall with these delicious pumpkin pie spiced pecans. They’re easy to make and absolutely delicious!
Bring these pumpkin spice pecans to your next get-together with friends and family. But don’t forget to make some to snack on at home.
I’ve always enjoyed pumpkin spiced pecans during the holiday season. But now that you can purchase all of the ingredients year-round, you can have them whenever you want them.
These flavorful nuts are delicious at a holiday party or simply snacking when you have family game night. I like to munch on them when we’re watching a movie at home
Pecan Treats for Homemade Gifts
One of the things I appreciate is receiving homemade gifts from friends and family members. Whether it’s food, home decor, or even jewelry, it took the person time to shop, make it, and deliver it.
A cup of pecans with this delicious flavor will go a long way to make me feel special. In fact, if someone gives them to me, I’ll think of them with every single bite.
Another nutty gift I enjoy making is a batch of these roasted pecans. I got this recipe from my dad who used to make them through the fall and winter. It’s such a scrumptious snack and totally addictive.
I’ve made them with milk chocolate and dark chocolate. They’re delicious both ways.
If you’re hosting a dinner party, send your guests home with party favors that include plastic or cellophane bags of any flavor of roasted pecans. Or if you want to get fancy, decorate small jars filled with pecans.
Also include the recipe so they can pass the joy forward.
I love the fact that you can make these pecans with spices you probably already have. There’s also some flexibility.
Here’s what I used:
- Pecan halves
- Granulated sugar
- Pumpkin pie spice
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
I’ve substituted brown sugar instead of granulated sugar, and it’s just as good. You can also use a sugar substitute if you prefer or if you’re on a keto diet.
If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, substitute ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves.
Most of the time, I have plenty of butter. However, if I run out, I use coconut oil instead. It barely alters the flavor, and it’s just as good.
Use any kind of salt. I used Himalayan pink salt. But any kind of sea salt, kosher salt, or even regular table salt works.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pecans
The process is so easy you can do it without the recipe in front of you after you make your first batch. And that’s a good thing because you’ll want to make them often.
First, heat oven to 325˚ F. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place pecans into a large bowl. Set it aside.
Melt the butter. You can use a saucepan or put it in a small bowl and microwave it.
If you use the microwave, take it out before it’s complete melted. Stir until the heat finishes melting it.
If you leave it in the microwave too long. it might pop all over the place.
Pour the melted butter over the pecan halves.
Stir until all of them are coated. This helps the pumpkin pie spice and sugar mixture to stick to them.
In another small bowl, mix sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
Pour the spice mixture over the pecans and stir the pecans until they are all coated.
Next, pour the coated pecans on to the baking sheet. Spread them out in a single layer.
Bake in preheated oven 15 to 20 minutes or until the coating is a golden brown.
If your oven tends to cook hot, check on them at the 12 minute mark.
Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for another 20 minutes before eating.
Trust me when I say that they’re hot when you first pull them out of the oven. I’ve burned my tongue a few times.
Tips for Making Perfect Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pecans
Follow the directions, and the spiced pecans will come out delicious. Here are some tips to help make them perfect:
- Start with the freshest and highest quality pecans you can find.
- Make sure all of the pecans are evenly coated before putting them in the oven.
- Spread them out in a single layer on the baking sheet to ensure even roasting.
- Keep a close eye on them to keep them from burning.
- Cool the pecans completely before you put them in an airtight container. If you don’t do this, the pecans will get soggy and lose their crunch.
- After you make them according to the directions, adjust the spice levels in the future to suit your personal taste.
How to Store Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pecans
You can leave these pecans out at room temperature for a few days.
If you want to make enough for more than a week, put them in a plastic bag or other airtight container and refrigerate them.
How to Serve Pumpkin Pie Pecans
My favorite way to enjoy these pecans is to munch on them all by themselves. They’re truly a great snack, and they don’t need anything else. However, you can use them as a garnish or topping in a lot of other desserts.
Sprinkle them over your favorite ice cream. And since I can never have too many pecans, I like it on this homemade cinnamon pecan ice cream.
If you like oatmeal, you’ll love it even more when you top it with pumpkin spiced pecans. It makes breakfast taste like dessert!
When I make any type of fruit crisp, I usually add some sort of nut. Make the treat extra special by using these pumpkin flavored pecans.
Top any cake or pie with these nuts. Just brace yourself for all the compliments you’ll get.
You can even crush some and add them to your favorite graham cracker pie crust for extra flavor.
If you love sweet and savory salads, try using these in an apple spinach salad. Your taste buds will thank you!
More Treats That Make Great Gifts
If you’re like me, you enjoy giving gifts of food. Here are some that have gotten rave reviews:
Rum Balls – These little no-bake treats are always popular among the adults in the family. Or you can use non-alcoholic rum flavoring so the kids can enjoy them.
Rocky Road Fudge – If you like your fudge with a little something extra, try this one. It won’t disappoint!
Tiger Butter Fudge – This fudge from Back to My Southern Roots never fails to impress.
Orange Fudge – Enjoy the yummy tropical flavor that makes this fudge so different … and delicious!
Peanut Butter Balls – Coat them in chocolate or leave them as-is. Anyone who loves peanut butter will appreciate these!
Delicious Sweet Snack
You’ll love these pumpkin pie spiced pecans because they satisfy on so many levels. You get the blend of sweet and savory in every single bite!
- 2 cups pecan halves
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 325˚ F. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour pecan halves into a large bowl.
- Melt the butter and pour over the pecan halves.
- Add sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Stir until all of the pecans are coated.
- Spread the coated pecans out on the parchment paper until they are in a single layer.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the coating is a golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, simply mix ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 219Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 4mgSodium 78mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 2g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.