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The Mother Load Of Pecan Recipes (PHOTOS)

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As a nut native to North America, pecans have a special place in American cuisine, especially Southern cooking -- just think about that slice of pecan pie you'll be getting around Thanksgiving time. But pecans can (and should) go way beyond pies.

Yes, we think of pecans as being perfect for desserts like cookies, cakes and quick breads, but they're also great in savory dishes. We've put together 57 pecan recipes that include everything from the classic pecan pie to pecan-crusted rack of lamb -- you're sure to fall in love with one, if not all of these dishes. Three of our favorites are below, but check out the full slideshow at the bottom!

Chocolate Pecan Turtle Cookies
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Get the Chocolate Pecan Turtle Cookies Recipe by Pixelated Crumb

These caramel, chocolate, and pecan cookies show how well this nut shines in desserts.

Apple, Brie and Pecan Panini
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Get the Apple, Brie and Pecan Panini Recipe by The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, via Foodie Crush

We can't think of anything we'd rather eat for lunch.

Maple Roasted Pecans With Nutmeg And Poppy Seeds
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Get the Maple Roasted Pecans with Nutmeg and Poppy Seeds Recipe by Sweet Miscellany

We dare you to eat just one.

Want more pecan recipes? Check out all 57 in the slideshow.

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